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The Neatest Little Guide to Stock Market Investing: Fifth Edition Paperback – December 24, 2012
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"Jason Kelly captured my investment methods well, and better than most who have tried to describe what I do."—Bill Miller, Former Chairman & Chief Investment Officer, Legg Mason Capital
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He also provides background from several stock experts and mentions their books should you wish to continue your education.
One of the more important features of this book, IMO, is that Jason presents a strategy for how to build a portfolio and how to choose stocks. I think this is something that beginners are really looking for; guidance as to what to look for and how to get started. Knowing some introductory stock metrics does not give you an investing philosophy.
Also, Jason posts the quarterly performance of his portfolio (which is based on the methods in the book) on his website.
If you are interested in getting in the stock market, I suggest reading this book and then reading books by some of the experts in here (Phil Lynch, Warren Buffet, Ben Graham, etc) and then starting a virtual trading account, which lets you trade real stocks with fake money. OptionsHouse is just one of the online brokers that offers virtual trading. Most of the online brokers also have good educational information for all levels of investors. Read their material while your doing virtual trades and try to pick stocks and learn about options, and then try them out in your virtual account.
If you can make money for a few months in virtual trading, then you're probably ready for the real thing.
Your virtual account will still be there, so you can buy a few real stocks and play with options in your virtual account until you understand what you're doing.
The reason I gave it 4 instead of 5 stars are because of a few minor criticisms:
- It gets a little redundant toward the end
- Some of the references are out of date (I read the 2012 edition in summer 2016)
- In the Kindle edition (which I read) many of the exhibits were virtually unreadable, especially the sample ValueLine pages
- Kelly's leveraging strategies (Doubling the Dow, Maximum Midcap) are pretty complex, and require investors to monitor technical indicators (which are far from perfect, not to mention complex and time-consuming) in order to avoid catastrophic losses in down markets. Though interesting, they're probably not right for most average investors.
Overall, however this is an excellent book. Highly recommended!