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Understanding Stocks Paperback – August 19, 2003

ISBN-13: 978-0071409131 ISBN-10: 0071409130 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 180 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill; 1 edition (August 19, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071409130
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071409131
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.5 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #685,828 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Author

Michael Sincere is a columnist and the author of several books on investing and trading including Start Day Trading Now (Adams Media), All About Market Indicators (McGraw-Hill), and Understanding Options (McGraw-Hill).

Sincere also writes a monthly column for MarketWatch.com, "The Long-Term Trader," and has been interviewed on dozens of national radio programs. He has appeared on several financial news programs such as CNBC and ABC's World News Now to talk about his books.

You can learn more about Sincere at michaelsincere.com.

More About the Author

Michael Sincere (www.michaelsincere.com) is the author of a number of investment and trading books, including "Understanding Stocks 2nd Edition" (McGraw-Hill) the bestselling "Understanding Options 2nd Edition" (McGraw-Hill), "All About Market Indicators" (McGraw-Hill), "Start Day Trading Now" (Adams Media), and "Predict the Next Bull or Bear Market and Win" (Adams Media).

His latest: "Prepare Now and Survive the Coming Bear Market" (2015).

Sincere has written hundreds of columns and magazine articles on investing and trading, including a bi-weekly column for MarketWatch, "Michael Sincere's Long-Term Trader." He has been interviewed on dozens of national radio programs and has appeared on several financial news programs such as CNBC and ABC's "World News Now" to talk about his books.







Customer Reviews

It's concise and very easy to understand.
Joao Cortez
I had Sincere's book lying around the house and finally started reading.
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It is a great book to understand how the stock market works.
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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Michael Gerety on November 4, 2004
Format: Paperback
This book is a great book for beginning investors. Nearly every book I've read on the subject has been dry and boring, and I'd tend to retain little knowledge as I trudged my way through. Michael Sincere does an amazing job of covering a large amount of information in a format that's easy to read and understand.

Most books on stocks I've read are heavily biased towards fundamental or technical analysis, and do very little to explain both. This book covers both fundamental and technical analysis, and gives the pros and cons of each, suggesting that using both is best, and leaves it to the reader to decide what's best for them.

This book also does a very good job of pointing out the benefits of contrarian strategies, and defining the major pitfalls most beginning investors face, and how to overcome them to become a successful investor. Even though the book goes into advanced strategies, the author quite responsibly points out that they should be left to successful investors, but gives enough insight to allow for understanding, and even commonly suggests other readings for further study.

This is THE book to read for a beginning investor interested in the stock market, especially if other books have been too tedious or boring.
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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful By William E. Allen on February 12, 2006
Format: Paperback
While this book MENTIONS many basics of investing, it fails to aptly discuss many, most, or all of them. The author, quite frankly, really fails to discuss, to any understandable length, many fundamental analysis items to include such notables as earnings per share, quarterly earnings growth, and book value. He doesn't discuss in any appreciable detail what each of these mean. He fails to inform the reader what degrees in any of these metrics an investor should look to gain or avoid. He does mention them, but fails to give them any study in detail and worthiness.

As far as technical analysis goes, he sticks with his technique of mentioning items of interest without explaining them to any appreciable depth. He really fails to describe, in any usable detail, how bands or moving averages can be used, or how they are used by some. He has illustrative charts to demonstrate typical named historical patterns, but his narrative is poor. Additionally, he fails to highlight the areas on the charts he writes of and therefore fails to make anything clear. This analysis of historical patterns was very cryptic.

In the end he proposes, in about a page, and not in very good narrative, one system for investing that really is not only not generally achievable, it's not really generally feasible.

If your goal is to read a book to explain the basics of the stock markets, stock measuring, and knowledge needed for investing, please look elsewhere.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Robert Holman on March 9, 2006
Format: Paperback
I am a finance major and wanted a quick overview of the stock market. This book was fantastic. It covered more material than any other book on the shelf. Very detailed and very entertaining. (I noticed that it's listed on our supplemental reading list so the teacher knows it's a good book). 5 stars.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mariusz Skonieczny on August 14, 2009
Format: Paperback
The author definitely delivered a book that is short, easy to read, and educational about stocks. As he says, understanding stocks is not that hard. What is hard is how to make money in stocks. This book covers topics such as understanding prices, analyzing stocks, knowing where to buy stocks, and understanding investment strategies. Readers can find different strategies for different time horizons. For example, there is a chapter dedicated to investors who want to grow wealth slowly, and another chapter for those who are in a hurry to make money. The analysis of stocks includes fundamental analysis and technical analysis.

In Chapter 15, the author lists mistakes that investors make which causes them to lose money in the market. Some of the mistakes include not selling losing positions, letting winning stocks become losers, getting too emotional, and not learning from mistakes. Readers will find most of the information presented in this book useful.

- Mariusz Skonieczny, author of Why Are We So Clueless about the Stock Market? Learn how to invest your money, how to pick stocks, and how to make money in the stock market
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By B. Goswami on February 6, 2006
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This book is a great "first" book to start learning about stocks. The book is well written, and keeps you interested throughout. I wish that some chapters on technical analysis were better explained, but given the scope of the book, I guess I am asking for a bit too much. If you already know a lot about stocks, you might wanna get a more advance book, but as a beginner, its a great book.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Giovanna on August 10, 2005
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I never write reviews but this book deserves a best one: buy it now! It's simply written, full of useful information and the best book to start your trading education with. It will explain in simple language all the necessary concepts what other books only brush on without really explaining what they are talking about. The boook covers all the most important basics and you can immediately apply your knowledge and will understand what is going on on the market the next day. Brilliant!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Loraine K. Kritz on May 23, 2009
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Sincere introduces the stock market in a clear simple manner. It's one of the best books a novice investor can read. The step-by-step approach clarifies the seemingly complicated practices that the TV Talking Heads like to argue about. Sincere shows that it's not complicated, but that if you will devote the time to learning and practice, you can learn to trade profitably. I had taken a course and read many other works before this, but found that this one really put all the variants into a clear prospective.
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