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You Have More Than You Think: The Motley Fool Guide To Investing What You Have Hardcover – January 6, 1998

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Motley Fools David and Tom Gardner initially made their mark by offering humorous but savvy investment advice online. They leapt out of the virtual world with their first book, The Motley Fool Investment Guide, which spent several months on the New York Times bestseller list. The Foolish ones are back in print with You Have More Than You Think: The Motley Fool Guide to Investing What You Have. It goes beyond the standard specifics on stocks and mutual funds to tackle overall financial issues in the typical Motley manner. The Gardners show readers how to tidy up their finances (trimming credit card debt, spending more wisely on big-ticket items) before delving into the nuts-and-bolts of traditional investing.

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This sequel to the wildly popular The Motley Fool Investment Guide (S. & S., 1996) updates some of its previous information while offering a practical and humorous route to investing. (The original book continued to remain on best sellers lists through most of 1998.)
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster; First Edition edition (January 6, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0684843994
  • ISBN-13: 978-0684843995
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 6.5 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,856,139 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
I have bought investiment and financial planning books throughout the years, but never got past the first chapter or two. But I read this book from beginning to end in one sitting. The difference? This book presents dry, boring financial information in a witty and humorous way that makes you want to keep reading because it is so funny. But it also educates...I am going to follow their investment strategies after speaking with others who have used it and prospered. Anyway, if you want to laugh and have fun learning about the stock market, get this book. By the way, the fools say that they can make investing fun for you and they did....even more fun then spending and I love to shop!
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Format: Hardcover
I did this backwards, reading the other two volumes in the "trilogy" (TMF Investment Guide & TMF Rule Breakers, Rule Makers) prior to this, the beginning volume. I realized this was the "basics" but wanted to complete the set. Boy, am I glad I took the time! This is the most easy to read volume on the fundamentals of money management, and basic investment, not to mention very lighthearted. I intend to buy this, a primer in finances, for both my teenage children, and, a couple of friends at work who I know will benefit tremendously from this, if only they take the time out to read it! I will certainly urge them to do so. Great job Gardner brothers. Keep up the enlightening work. O' yes, I have put all the investment strategies to work, and am enjoying much success. I started late in life, if only I had been able to understand this when I was twenty! Don't wait!
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Format: Paperback
the same great motley investment lessons, but unfortunately awash in a sea of wordy babble and silliness. save yourself some money and download the free '13 steps' PDF from the motley fool website -- you'll get 80% of everything in this book, and you'll get in in 60 pages instead 300, for free! that last 20% you can find on the motley site anyways. i haven't read the other motley books but if you're heckbent to buy a book i've got to believe 'the MF investment guide' is better than this.
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Format: Hardcover
To the Atlanta reviewer who opined that the Motleys are just exploiting the financial ignorance of the American public......HUH? Tom and David write a beginner's guide to personal financial stability, regular financial planning, and PERSONAL control of one's investments. It is designed to prevent the professional financial world from exploiting the ignorance of the public by convincing them that investing and financial planning and the stock market are too complicated for "outsiders." Though it is written in simple terms, is admittedly repetitive, and may be too basic for some, it is ideal for beginners. From consumer debt and credit card use to major family purchases to equity investing, it drives home the point that YOU CAN DO IT financially. I gave this as a gift to a couple of graduating high school senior honor students. They read it like a novel in a couple of days and said it was the best educational experience they ever had. Don't be fooled- though simply stated, the principles in this book are worth reviewing by money managers of ANY educational level. I have a business degree and a doctorate- I loved it!
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Format: Paperback
Investment books are rarely entertaining. The Gardners and Andy Tobias are the exceptions. If you can't bear to read about investing and know nothing, you should give this book a try. You may find it to your taste.
The weakness of the book is a bias towards encouraging you to be out of debt and into common stocks, based on formulas and your professional knowledge. If the financial markets were at an average or below average price level, that would be all right. But the financial markets are at an all-time high, so future returns should be below par.
There is a historical ratio between household wealth in stocks and housing that favors buying housing right now rather than stocks. Few will be able to buy a home without a mortgage.
The most frequent path to major wealth in this country has been to found one's own business. Few can do this without incurring reasonable debt to finance receivables and other needed investments. The Gardners don't really address this investment opportunity.
The formula the Gardners propose for buying high yield stocks in the Dow has had to be revised every few years to be a good way to invest. This formula probably won't work well in the future either, because too many people follow the formula. Markets are bested by only a small percentage of all investors over time, and this rule is no exception going forward.
The advice about avoiding credit card debt, saving wherever you can, and so forth is quite good. You'd find it in any decent investment book.
If you decide you want to go into the stock market, I suggest you also read John Bogle's book, Common Sense About Mutual Funds, to round out the perspective that the Gardners provide here before buying stocks. Be sure to consider first how much you want to do with housing and starting your own business. Good luck with your investing.
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Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
The reason I said that every woman should read this book is because women are so uneasy, uneducated and uninformed about HANDLING THEIR MONEY. In an artful, informative, lively, funny and beautifully written style, the awesome and overwhleming aspects of the Stock Market become clear. In a step by step approach, intelligently presented, the content of this book becomes a primer for implementing and creating a sane and personal approach to money managemnent. I, for one, am deeply grateful. This book has been a major force in my gaining confidence to optimistically manage and profit with my money. THANK YOU BROTHERS!!!!!
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