- Paperback: 271 pages
- Publisher: Que Pub (October 1, 1997)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0789712318
- ISBN-13: 978-0789712318
- Product Dimensions: 1 x 7.5 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,787,635 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Boot Your Broker!: A Do-It-Yourself Kit for Online Investing Paperback – October 1, 1997
Want to know how to develop a personal financial plan? Looking for a top-performing mutual fund? Wondering which software stocks are expected to enjoy the fastest earnings growth? Answers to these and almost every other imaginable investment question are on the Internet--if you know where to look. Fortunately Boot Your Broker! can help investors find, sift, and use the Web's vast cornucopia of information. It is a solid introduction to online investing, useful for anyone but especially appropriate for those new to the world of finance, online or otherwise. The book explains some fundamentals of financial planning, citing many educational Web sites on concepts such as the time value of money and dollar-cost averaging. Basic information, augmented by more Web referrals, is provided for a wide variety of investments, from stocks and bonds to commodities, currencies, and collectibles. Boot Your Broker! includes details on the mechanics of making an online stock trade through E*Trade, a brokerage that receives special, favorable treatment throughout. E*Trade's president wrote the foreword, and a demonstration CD-ROM for E*Trade is included. The authors do not explain the connection except to say that E*Trade is "the primary reason this book exists." The book does give cursory information about 10 other online brokerages. --Barry Mitzman
From the Publisher
Now, users can take control of their own investments online. Using expert advice and real-world examples, readers will learn how to find and analyze the best investment data, effectively use free, real-time market information, and receive their first trade free from E*Trade. - Emphasizes online investing with E*Trade
- Saves users hours of time and money by showing them how to trade stocks and options online
- Shares invaluable tips on how to grow personal investments
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* Save with lower commissions
* Take control of your investments
* Place orders from anywhere, at any time
* Manage your portfolio on your computer
* Navigate the best financial Web sites
* Learn about Internet security
Author LauraMaery Gold is an editor and financial columnist for a number of international business publications. A former financial planner and tax advisor, she also has business reporting experience with the Daily Herald, The Money Experts, the China Economic News, The Industrialist, and more.
Author Dan Post is a professional software engineer and database desinger. He has been a long-time columnist for PC World, The Columbia Business Times, and others.
If you need stock market 101, 102, and so on, then this is not really a good book. I found that the author trivializes some trading practices that could prove to be dangerous to inexperienced investors. It does give a decent general overview about online trading, and what to expect; however, you can generally get that out off of the e-broker's tutorials.
A minor complaint: about a third of the web links are outdated...which is probably inevitable in any book about online anything. Fortunately, though, there's still plenty of meat here, even without the web links.
I'd recommend this book to anyone wanting to understand or review the basics of investing on line.