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Investing Online For Dummies Paperback – August 16, 2010

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The tools and resources you need to successfully manage your own portfolio

This hands-on, practical guide shows investors of all skill levels how to find an online broker, pick a winning strategy, and construct a successful portfolio. Discover Web sites, online calculators, databases, and online communities that will help you make key decisions. You'll also find out what the pros look for in picking investments and how the Internet can help you do the same.

  • Online investing 101 — get an overview of everything you need to know about online investing, from deciding what kind of investor you want to be to familiarizing yourself with personal finance software

  • Boot up — find out how to get your PC ready for every aspect of online investing, like compiling must-watch sites, tracking the market, getting price quotes, and more

  • Weigh your options — discover which type of account is best for you — taxable brokerage accounts, retirement accounts, or an education savings account

  • Start trading — learn how to enter and execute trades, buy and sell stocks, and use options to your advantage

  • Make sense of it all — get the lowdown on how to read financial statements, how best to put a company under the microscope, and how to evaluate a stock's prospects

Open the book and find:

  • Advice on tracking the market

  • Where to connect with other investors online

  • Online tools to calculate your performance

  • The lowdown on mutual funds

  • How to spot trends in financial statements

  • How to avoid overpaying for stocks

  • Which Wall Street analysts are worth listening to

  • Where to find and buy bonds online

  • Ten ways to protect your investments and identity

Learn to:

  • Understand the basics of investing and measure risks

  • Analyze stocks and financial statements

  • Choose an online broker and execute trades online

  • Use online tools to calculate your performance

About the Author

Matt Krantz is a nationally known financial journalist who specializes in investing topics. He has been a writer for USA TODAY since 1999, where he covers financial markets and Wall Street, concentrating on developments affecting individual investors and their portfolios. He is also the author of Fundamental Analysis For Dummies.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 7 edition (August 16, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470769262
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470769263
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 0.9 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #743,003 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The author starts out by building confidence in investing on-line. His eleven Getting Started points (Decide how much you can save and invest, Master the terms, Understand the difference between being an active and passive investor, etc.) set the tone for the entire book. He assumes you have never invested on-line and then shows you exactly how to do it. Not only does he explain how to invest at your computer but he also explains basic terminology (selling stock short, buying a call in options, shareholders' equity, etc.) so that you are never lost in his explanations. Thankfully, he reserves the deeper topics (Capital-gain distribution nightmare, stock splits, etc.) for the gray sidebars. The hundreds of internet addresses he provides are enough to fill anyone's bookmarks. This is the kind of book you read with your laptop so that you can check out the references and bookmark those which have meaning to you.
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I don't know how thorough or concise the first 5 editions of this resource were, but I can tell you this edition is both. I have just recently begun educating myself on the market, and started with the most recommended texts about - or by - Buffett, Lynch, Graham and others. I read the Complete Idiot's Guide to Investing that was informative. But nothing I've read thus far puts so much useful, understandable and resourceful information at your fingertips. Like the reviewer above states, there are HUNDREDS of viable links to largely free sites that cover the full spectrum of investing; from terminology and fundamental/technical analysis, to screeners, analyst ratings, quant models, governance, taxation and how to avoid scams. As mentioned, have your computer close by to bookmark these invaluable resources. Three additional chapters to the book - available online - pick up where the book left off with more advanced concepts and strategies. I can't recommend this text highly enough.
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I started out on computers 15 years ago and loved the Dummies books. They made learning fun.
I have now moved into investing and enjoyed the cutting edge articles I read in this book. Much reading and learning is required in stock investing in order to prepare oneself for stepping onto Wall Street. This new 2008 edition of Online Investing is a big help.
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I bought this book a few months back, and recently decided to get into investing online. I think it's a great book, very informative. I constantly refer to it to make sure I'm doing things right. If you're wanting to start investing online, check this book out. I'm a former US Marine Infantryman, so if I can understand it, a 5 year old can! Not too much fancy talk in there, so it's easy to follow. They should rename the book to "Investing Online for DUMMIES and MARINES".

All joking aside, if you want a good "starter" book, check this book out. Like I said, I recently decided to actually invest, and I'm enjoying it.
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Prior to reading this book I had done a fair bit of research into online brokers and having studied economics & accounting at university and worked in the fund management industry several years ago thought I had most of it covered. I was wrong. The thing about the internet is that all the information you need is there but if you don't know what you are looking for you won't find it. That is where this book excels. It tells you what you should be looking for AND points you in right direction to find further information as well as the tools you need for investing. Topics covered include; tracking your investments for performance results and tax purposes, the brokers and account types out there, analysis into the general workings of the stock market, asset allocation, stock screening tools, insider trading monitoring and a host of other tools and topics. The thing I really like about this book is that most of these books are written by people who have a financial interest in advising people or work for companies that do. Matt Krantz works for USA Today, yet despite the information and tools it offers, you never felt he was pushing you towards his companies site over any other. In fact if USA Today was mentioned at all, it was always after a number of other online resources which I liked.
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I am new to investing period. i knew that i would be doing all of it online so i purchased this book. this is a great book that really breaks down what it is you need to know as a beginner.
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I recently purchased this book and am very pleased with it. It is surprisingly good, comprehensive and detailed. It lists a host of useful online websites for all types of research and analysis. The book didn't elaborate much on market timing and specifically when to buy and sell and didn't speak at length about signal indicators. Still, it's an excellent book and I don't see why any beginning investor wouldn't be very pleased with it. It is written in a clear and interesting way and packed with information. It talks about fundamental and technical analysis and give overviews of trading with stocks, bonds, mutual funds and options(though the book mainly focuses on stocks). A very informative and educational book for the beginning to intermediate investor. Highly recommended.
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