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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on April 9, 2009
Horribly written book. They need real world examples. The examples they give for formulas, use fake numbers that make them easy but don't help in the least bit for figuring out stocks in the real world.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on June 21, 2009
Fundamentals of Investing is a dreary reading that will not help you to see the idea how investing can maximize returns for yourself. Rather, the information within the book is a painting of idealistic and academic examples with nearly zero practical purposes. In short, the authors obviously apply a good deal of ivory tower learning to the book including a bunch of useless mathematical formulas that will not get you further than square one. This quickly becomes obvious after 100 or so pages, and after 300 pages, I give up reading the book. I just hate the book more as I read on. If you take a look at its exorbitant price, that alone should easily dissuade you from buying it. There is a lot of better books than this at a fraction of the cost. All in all, if you have a choice, just invest the money in the stock market because Fundamentals of Investing is a sure loser.
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This text was used in an investment management course I took recently. The text is fairly easy to read and understand. Gitman's finance books are very similar. overall, this book didn't put me to sleep, and I actually learned some valuable information about investing.
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1 of 5 people found the following review helpful
I purchased fundamentals of investing from [...] the review I am doing is more about them than the book because they sent the wrong one. This may sound a little strange but my story is this. I ordered the book using the SKU numbers that the college gave me but when the book arrived via expedited shipping the book was not the same book. The book had the same numbers the same name but a different face on the hard cover, the book was in essence close to the same book but all of the material was in a different place than the other students books, and some of the written material in the book was different than that of the book the other students had purchased. The midterm was open book and because the book was so much different I ended up getting a lower grade. I guess I should have sent it back but class was already two weeks into the semester and I assumed I could get by with the book because at that time I was unaware that the written material was different. I wrote them a letter telling them of what happened at the beginning of the semester but they did not reply with any answer at all. I will never order from them again and if this ever happens again with any other order I will be swift to not only order a new book right away and send the other one back but I will also be leaving really rotten comments about their company. If they just had at least written back and said something but no nothing and that is what makes me terribly mad at their company. I only wish I had not been so busy at the time to leave feedback on them. unfortunately now it is too late to leave any real feedback so that is why I am writing this here. one last comment the other reviews of the book are right on very difficult read. I had to make sure I had plenty of sleep before reading this book because if not I fell asleep almost every time I tried to read the book. The Instructor made the book come to life and taught the class what we needed to know about investments.
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0 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on January 31, 2010
I had the book in a short time and it was in great shape just like the ad said.
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