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A Woman's Guide to Savvy Investing: Everything You Need to Know to Protect Your Future Paperback – September 1, 2000

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The U.S. Department of Labor estimates that 9 out of 10 women will be solely responsible for their finances at some point in their lives, yet many are seriously intimidated by money matters. Personal finance specialist Marsha Bertrand argues that women make excellent investors once they learn the basics. In A Woman's Guide to Savvy Investing: Everything You Need to Know to Protect Your Future, she outlines down-to-earth information on all of the fundamentals: stocks, bonds, mutual funds, capital gains, financial advisors, insurance, investment clubs, and more. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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In this stock-market primer, former portfolio manager Bertrand gives helpful advice for the uninitiated. She covers the jargon of investing and relates investment decisions to life-cycle events. While she gives a fair overview of investment clubs and provides a brief summary of investment theories and strategies, along with her opinion of each, the tax considerations of investing are given short shrift. This may be just as well because the little that is said here about tax consequences has become outdated because of recent tax legislation. Bertrand does not cover estate planning, but women are advised to take care that their children learn the importance of investing. This is a fine overview of investing considerations; readers looking for depth, however, will be disappointed.?Joseph Barth, U.S. Military Acad. Lib., West Point, N.Y.
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: AMACOM (September 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0814470998
  • ISBN-13: 978-0814470992
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,281,299 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Maybe it's just me, but I've had some trouble finding an investment book I like.

I am a grown woman and don't need to hear about checking accounts and credit cards. How exactly do these "money gurus" think I've been living my life so far?? I'm also not interested in "how to be a millionaire by 45 and never work another day" schemes or inspirational stories of people who have made it. I wanted exactly what Marsha Bertrand delivers in this book: an overview of investment tools, an education on how to evaluate stocks, mutual funds and bonds, and a great step by step process to help me choose a financial planner and/or stockbroker based on my needs. She does this clearly, in a well organized book that translates Wall Street jargon into words and concepts I can understand.

Granted, the version I have of this book was published in 97... Some considerations are outdated - wondering how the Dow Jones index will do in 2000 or recommending that one calls the SEC for information are very "20th century". :)

Still, all the lessons are valid today. Evaluating companies' annual reports and looking for specific numbers, ratios and trends never goes out of style. I also really appreciated both her tone and her quotes. Women are perfectly capable of handling financial matters on their own and have a duty to be informed and in charge.

If this book was re-edited in 2011, I would buy the new edition for myself and another dozen to give to my friends. If not, I'll gladly keep my ear marked copy around as other financial books lose relevance after just a few weeks...
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