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""Robbie is his own man and his book will show you that it is possible to build a susbstantial portfolio using common sense techniques.""

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Robbie Burns has been a journalist and writer since he graduated from Harlow Journalism College in 1981. After starting life as a reporter and editor for various local newspapers, from 1988-1992 he was editor of ITV and Channel 4's teletext services. He also wrote ITV's daily teletext soap opera ""Park Avenue"" for 5 years. He then went on to freelance for various newspapers including The Independent and The Sun, and also helped set up a financial news service for CNN. In 1997, he became editor for BSkyB's teletext services and set up their shares and finance service. While there he also set up various entertainment phone lines in conjunction with BSkyB including a ""Buffy The Vampire Slayer"" phone line which made him nearly ?250,000. He left full-time work in 2001 to trade and run his own businesses which included a caf? in London which he sold, doubling his money on the initial purchase. While at BSkyB, Robbie broadcast a diary of his share trades which became hugely popular. He transf
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  • Paperback: 367 pages
  • Publisher: Harriman House; 2nd edition (February 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1905641516
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905641512
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,639,176 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Heh on October 15, 2013
Format: Audible Audio Edition
This book is a waste of time and money. It contains mostly short-term trading rules hiding under the guise of long-term investment which in the long run will result in either losses or subpar performance to the index. All his examples came from taking risky bets during the 2002-2007 bull market during which any buffoon with a pulse could have made money, then he mysteriously goes silent during the crash with no good examples of his "money-making strategies". It's not to say all his advice is completely useless - it's not, but you can get most of his advice for free on random forums or free investing newsletters with very little effort, and even then it mostly just boils down to combination of common sense and a bit of discipline which may or may not necessarily be good for your portfolio. For example, he has a trading rule to automatically sell any stock that drops 10%, which is quite frankly idiotic (not so much the selling of the stock, but moreso the indiscriminate nature of the rule).

My suggestion is to avoid this author and try something else.
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By Dave on August 16, 2007
Format: Paperback
Since I bought this book some months ago, I've read it over and over. It's so easy to understand, and its breadth is so comprehensive; it's a godsend for someone like me who used to be a complete duffer when it came to anything to do with stocks, shares and trading. I'd been following the techniques and advice Robbie gives (on paper at first of course!) for several months before I took part in an online spreadbetting competition last month, and won 300 pounds for second place.
I certainly couldn't have done it without taking in the valuable information on every page of this book. The trading strategies are easy to understand, and Robbie's style makes the book a fascinating read. Included is a chapter on investing 'horror stories', submitted by real traders whose mistakes provide an additional education, and confirmation, of the all too real pitfalls that Robbie warns us of whenever we consider buying (or selling) shares. What more can one say? A must-have for anyone serious about trading.
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By LadyDaphne on November 6, 2013
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This writer is not out to belittle anyone. He writes with clarity and with understanding. He has a real knack for communicating different ideas. His writing is often very funny. Wonderful ideas about using search to winkle out the real meaning behind company reports!
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By Steve on May 26, 2012
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Concepts explained well, in a very easy to read way. Specific focus on UK market, but easily adaptable to other locations. Has motivated me to get the simple rules in place before investing.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Stuart Watts on November 9, 2005
Format: Paperback
Ok, you've been watching the stockmarket over a few years, brought and sold some shares occasionally,made a bit of money and sometimes lost a bit of money, or worse, a lot. You watch Bloomberg and some 'expert' tips a share, you go online and buy it and a few weeks later it comes out with a profit warning and dives! You need this book! Do what Robbie says, make some coffee, get some toast and sit down and read. The first thing that will strike you are the warnings. There are some horror stories of people who lost a great deal of money in here. Fun if you haven't brought anything yet-will turn your blood to ice if you have. But that's the whole point. It's going to make you sit up and scrutinise your shares and it's going to stop you buying all those lousy ones that are out there. There's no jargon, no long lists of mystic mathematical formulae for working out if a share is 'cheap' or not. This book is for normal, Earthbound people. I really enjoyed this book. It was highly informative and very entertaining and to be honest since reading it my wallet (or virtual wallet) has gotten very rosy cheeked and developed a proper pot belly. If you're new to trading or even if you would consider yourself experienced I would advise you buy this book because trust me it'll be the best money you've ever spent.
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