- Hardcover: 124 pages
- Publisher: Riverfront Press, LLC (2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0984099409
- ISBN-13: 978-0984099405
- Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6.1 x 0.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,864,803 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Top Customer Reviews
Kelly sets out - in clear and entertaining prose - what every investor should know about buying, holding and selling securities in an investment account. This is not one of the many investing guides where the author is desperately trying to show how smart he is or to sell you services or products. This is a sincere how-to, that provides the basics of what every investor needs to know to protect themselves and develop their personal portfolio.
Complex products and services are outlined in a way that makes them understandable. Kelly knows how much to say - and not to say - to keep the reader engaged and interested in the subject. He leaves ample opportunity for the reader to pursue the subject further, without the all-too-typical baiting the reader to buy something from the author. Kelly respects the reader, but also strives to make the reader understands that good investing practices require knowledge, discipline and diligence.
Reading this book will not necessarily make you wealthy, but if you understand what is said and follow the advice, you should eliminate 95% of the chances that you will loose money from stupid, ignorant or unethical practices.
whether you are an investor or an advisor. The model developed by
the large firms in the 1980's and 1990's which relied on mass marketing
and volume sales is over. Today every investor should seek out
qualified advice from a true trusted advisor.
Kelly omits the point about "advisors" preparing financial
plans for free, which are really glorified sales tools for the
salesman. TINSTAFL - There is no such thing as a free lunch.
Solid professionals, whether they are a Doctor, Attorney, CPA or any other
degreed and licensed professional charge for their service. A free
financial plan is a LARGE Blinking sign that says buyer beware.
Take the time to read the book and then discuss your current advisor
with an unbiased friend to see if they are committing the professional
sins outlined by Kelly. Rate them and then decide whether you need
to Fire Your Broker or realized that you have one of the few true
professionals in the profession.
In full disclosure, I am in the Financial Services Industry and beleive
deeply in what Kelly has written. As I read the book, I wondered how
our clients would answer the questions posed. While I beleived I
know the answer, I am going to present copies to my clients and ask them
to read the book and evaluate our business.
Campbell's skill at boiling down complex concepts into crisp, concise statements is what makes him so good on television. He brings those same skills to bear in Fire Your Broker, a slim volume brimming with sage advice for investors at every level. It's essentially a "how-to" manual for finding an honest, effective financial adviser in the era of Bernie Madoff. Highly readable.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is an excellent book for individuals who have had mixed results managing their own investments or less than stellar results from their broker(s) or investment advisor(s). Read morePublished on November 22, 2011 by Joel Martin
Kelly provides a straightforward conversation about this complex and scary world of investments and their management. He clearly and concisely describes the basics one needs. Read morePublished on September 29, 2011 by dggwood
This book lays out in detail two critical concepts - identifying the right person to manage your portfolio and explains in understandable language the different investment choices... Read morePublished on April 28, 2011 by J. Brown
My financial advisor had just moved out of town and I was thinking of looking for a new one when I found this book. It came at just the right time. Read morePublished on November 19, 2010 by carmady
Kelly tells the difference between Wall Street and Main Street "Independent Advisors". For those that think their "Wall Street" broker has their best interest in mind - This is a... Read morePublished on September 15, 2010 by S Cadwell
I would highly recommend reading this book! It's a quick read packed with useful information for anyone with investments. Read morePublished on July 22, 2010 by D. Purdy
It's a good, basic book that everyone who is considering investing should read. Unfortunately, I have already made all the mistakes the author discusses so it's a little late for... Read morePublished on June 14, 2010 by Howard Gosnell
As a coach and consultant working with some of the top advising offices in the nation, Kelly's practice is truly a model of success. Read morePublished on June 9, 2010 by The Life Coach