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Get sound guidance and proven investing advice from Eric Tyson

Investing For Dummies arms novice investors with Eric Tyson's time-tested advice, recommendations, and the latest insights and strategies to wisely invest in today's market. You'll get coverage of all aspects of investing, including how to develop and manage a portfolio; invest in stocks, bonds, mutual funds, and real estate; open a small business; and understand the critical tax implications of your investing decisions.

  • Investing 101 — get a crash course on what investments are, how each type is different from the others, and what you can reasonably expect to earn from them

  • Get street smart (Wall Street, that is) — understand what the financial markets are, how you can participate in them without losing your head, and ways you can use them to start growing your fortune

  • Be your own boss — discover the benefits of starting a small business or stay behind the scenes and try your hand at investing in someone else's small venture

  • Know your sources — find out why many investment "gurus" aren't really experts and get a trusted list of resources and authorities worth listening to

Open the book and find:

  • Time-tested investment strategies

  • Help on choosing investments that match your goals

  • The 411 on investing in gold and commodities

  • What economic indicators are (and how they work)

  • How tax law changes affect your investment strategy

  • Practical tips for investing in a down market

  • Ways to overcome common psychological investment obstacles

Learn to:

  • Develop and manage a portfolio

  • Invest in stocks, bonds, mutual funds, and real estate

  • Open a small business

About the Author

Eric Tyson, MBA, is an internationally acclaimed and bestselling personal finance author, lecturer, and adviser. He is dedicated to teaching people to manage their money better and to successfully direct their own investments.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 6 edition (August 30, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 047090545X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470905456
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.9 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (156 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #71,590 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I bought this book after reading Mr Tysons first book on Personal Finance. This investing segment in the dummies serial takes the guesswork out of how to start investing. Like Personal Finance for dummies, this edition is also a easy read. I also strongly recommend "More Wealth without Risk" and "Financial Self Defense" for even more strategies on powerful investing. Read and grow rich!
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In short, this review explains that this book is very, very basic and limited for anyone who wants a more thorough understanding of how the stock market operates. Anyone seeking more than the most basic of introductions will be disappointed.

All things considered, I think this book is helpful for a select group of people, but you must be someone who falls into that select group to fully appreciate the book. Mr Tyson seems like an all-around good guy who means well and I think genuinely wants to educate the masses about investing and their personal finances. But bear in mind that this book is clearly targeted to the beginner, and is even a bit overly paternalistic at times towards the beginning investor. I'm aware that this is part of the "Dummies" series, but I think Mr Tyson may have perhaps taken that part too literally. Most books in the Dummies series aim for simplified, layman explanations... which is distinguishable from the assumption that the readers are actually dummies or are otherwise incapable of truly learning/mastering the topic they are reading about, in this case.

The biggest pro/praise I have for this book is that Tyson lays out a simple way to approach investing. His method will keep individuals out of trouble and not erode the principal of their investments. He advises against the dangers of being overly unrealistic and the pitfalls associated with trying to get rich quick on the stock market. Further, Tyson discusses stocks, bonds, mutual funds, and the like. You get at least an overall picture of the various instruments available in the investing world. This is a very basic overview, however, as the author does not proceed to discuss concepts such as leverage, options, and futures. But perhaps for a beginner's book, his coverage is appropriate.
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Finally, an intelligent and honest investment book! After wasting time reading so many books that either don't give specifics or hype techniques to promote the author's own agenda, this book makes sense. It covers investing in the financial markets, real estate and small business since these are the three major ways people build wealth. In each of these areas, Tyson explains what to do and what not to do. As for saving money to invest, the reviewer above who queries what a person should do who needs 20K cash for a new car, Tyson's advice in his Personal Finance for Dummies book is don't buy such an expensive car - buy a good quality used car you can afford!
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I bought this book thinking that it would be a very basic book that would teach about the world of investing. While the book does a spectacularly wonderful job at covering the basics, I also gained a number of powerful insights that I didn't from reading more "advanced" investing books. The discussion of how the financial markets work was a real eye opener as was the insight that many people who accumulate great wealth do so not through investing in stocks but through small business. With the U.S. stock market at such nose bleed high levels, that alternative makes sense to me! The author also clearly lays out the case against following market gurus predictions.
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I have an MBA and a CPA and I have been underwhelmed by most investing books. This one was great. I was especially impressed at the coverage of the securities markets, real estate and small business issues, where Tyson points out that people can make really high returns (which is a pipe dream in the stock market). I also just read Tyson's Small Business for Dummies which he co-wrote and it's another must read for anyone planning to start a business or running a small business.
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This book covers all the bases and provided lots of great insights and ideas. I actually read Eric Tyson's Mutual Fund for Dummies first which I also thought was excellent.
Covers traditional investments as well as real estate and small business. Coverage of online resources and software also was strong. Highly, highly recommended
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I found the book to be quite helpful, however, there were some details he missed. Also, one concern I had was the overwhelming push toward Vanguard. I appreciate his enthusiasm for Vanguard, but when I contacted Vanguard to setup an account, their customer service was so delayed, unresponsive and disinterested that I chose not to do business with them. I found that a shock considering how much Tyson raves about Vanguard.
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I have bought many of the "For Dummies" books, and this one, like the others is as advertised. It gives any excellent, summary of many of the issues and challenges of the subject. It's written clearly, and anticipates many of the questions I and I assume other people have. The book is very readable and understandable despite the dryness of the topic. It repeatedly makes you ask yourself what you want to invest for (income or retirement) and what your tolerance for risk might be. These are questions that the author wants you to consider. Unlike other "For Dummies" books, while it approaches it's subject with humor, this one has less of the cheeky, almost forced humor found in some of the other books, which you may or may not prefer. Keep in mind that it is for absolute beginners, but these days, all potential investors, new or experienced, need to enter cautiously and with good information.
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