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One Up On Wall Street: How To Use What You Already Know To Make Money In The Market Paperback – April 3, 2000
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Peter Lynch is America's number-one money manager. His mantra: Average investors can become experts in their own field and can pick winning stocks as effectively as Wall Street professionals by doing just a little research.
Now, in a new introduction written specifically for this edition of One Up on Wall Street, Lynch gives his take on the incredible rise of Internet stocks, as well as a list of twenty winning companies of high-tech '90s. That many of these winners are low-tech supports his thesis that amateur investors can continue to reap exceptional rewards from mundane, easy-to-understand companies they encounter in their daily lives.
Investment opportunities abound for the layperson, Lynch says. By simply observing business developments and taking notice of your immediate world -- from the mall to the workplace -- you can discover potentially successful companies before professional analysts do. This jump on the experts is what produces "tenbaggers", the stocks that appreciate tenfold or more and turn an average stock portfolio into a star performer.
The former star manager of Fidelity's multibillion-dollar Magellan Fund, Lynch reveals how he achieved his spectacular record. Writing with John Rothchild, Lynch offers easy-to-follow directions for sorting out the long shots from the no shots by reviewing a company's financial statements and by identifying which numbers really count. He explains how to stalk tenbaggers and lays out the guidelines for investing in cyclical, turnaround, and fast-growing companies.
Lynch promises that if you ignore the ups and downs of the market and the endless speculation aboutinterest rates, in the long term (anywhere from five to fifteen years) your portfolio will reward you. This advice has proved to be timeless and has made One Up on Wall Street a number-one bestseller. And now this classic is as valuable in the new millennium as ever.
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At the heart of Lynch's case is that each individual has enough inherent knowledge and experience to be a successful investor. He uses numerous analogies to show investors:
1. The power of common knowledge (take advantage of what you already know) 2. You don't need to be a Wall Street analyst to uncover great investment opportunities 3. You are not disadvantaged vs. large, institutional investors You don't have to accurately predict the stock market to make money in stocks 4. To keep an open mind to new ideas
From my years on Wall Street, I found many of his theories and ideas to be completely accurate. Many other books I have read focus on the inherent evils of the possessed financial consultant community. Yes, the industry has its problems. However, $8 stock trades are not the only ingredients in profitable investing. In fact, I don't recall him emphasizing the need for discount trades, a fact over-emphasized in almost every other book I have read (remember, I am no longer in the industry...I don't need to strike a case for broker commissions). Instead, he shows you what information to focus on and how to apply it.
Do yourself a favor: Buy this book. Read it twice. It is not outdated...Read more ›
Peter Lych seems like a nice guy. He doesn't consider himself to be some kind of genious nor did his trading results changed his ego too much in my opinion.
His stock picking method is fairly simple. He likes simply walking around malls and stores to pick up investment ideas. Afterward he'll check they're fundamentals (the level of debt, sales & earnings growth, net cash position, PEG ratio, industry components, ...) with special attention to the available space to keep on growing. He then goes for 10-baggers, stocks you can sell at a price 10x the price you've paid for them. Lynch doesn't mind owning dozens or hundreds of stocks if he thinks they'll grow. Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac apparently were two cash cows for Lynch (luckily he didn't own them the past years).
Although Lynch is very open about his investment selection process and what he looks at when studying balance sheets, I'm a bit disappointed I couldn't get any practical value out of this book. The most usefull I got out of this were his investment selection criteria to create a stock screen to select stocks with fundamental characteristics Lynch would consider important. But there it also stops.
Another thing Lynch doesn't mention is his position sizing strategy or his exits from the stocks he owns. This would certainly have been helpful for traders/investors like me.
The book has a witty, easygoing style; it's entertaining and informative, and you'll pretty soon find the urge to read it all as soon as possible. Beware, it's not an easy book! To read this book is not a substitute for hard work. There are no magic formulae to apply. There are no shortcuts to riches, you have to do your homeworks anyway!
"One Up" is divided in three sections. The first deals with how to assess yourself as a stockpicker; the second deals with how to find the most promising opportunities, what to look for in a company and what to avoid, and what to make of the various numbers (p/e ratio, book value, cash flow, etc - explanations are clear, this is a book for everyone) that are often mentioned in technical evaluations of stocks. The third part basically is about everything else, including when to buy and when to sell.
Mr. Lynch opens the book with his rule number one, devoted to those believing that professionals will do better than individuals because professionals know more and have more skills (I'll extensively quote him): "Stop listening to professionals! Twenty years in this business convinces me that any normal person (...) can pick stocks just as well, if not better, than the average Wall Street expert". No wonder here and there we find 1-star, angry reviews of this book!Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Simple, common sensical, easy to follow. No complicated Jargon. Most importantly he gives real world examples which would relate to just about anyone.Published 9 days ago by AK
Lynch uses real life examples to make a some important points about investing. Recommended reading for those that want to find good investments from everyday life. A+Published 20 days ago by Tom L Awadalla
The book uses very old examples (it was written before 2000 and most of the examples are from the 1980s and 1990s, that's why four stars not five) but the underlying ideas are... Read morePublished 27 days ago by Ed P.
this is one of my favorite investment books! clear and easy to understandPublished 1 month ago by Isa
I heard about this book from various places and it seems to be highly recommended for anyone interested in investing. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Jeremy