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You've Lost It, Now What? How to Beat the Bear Market and Still Retire on Time Hardcover – March 31, 2003
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In this breezy but informative personal investment primer, Wall Street Journal columnist Clements sees a silver lining in lower stock prices and the chastened mood in the marketplace, provided investors keep their wits, follow sensible long-term plans and "save like crazy." Insisting that "the interests of investors and the interests of Wall Street are diametrically opposed," he advises readers to give up fantasies of beating the market, ignore the latest hot stock picks touted by the financial press and steer clear of heavily managed (and usually under-performing) mutual funds. Instead, he favors a low-fee, low-tax, broadly diversified, buy-'em-and-hold-'em strategy based on index funds, "the investor's best friend and Wall Street's worst nightmare." Along the way he provides a lucid introduction to a host of personal-finance topics, including credit-card debt, portfolio balancing, real-estate investment trusts, IRAs, how to select an investment adviser and the dos-and-donts of investing in a home. Clements's reader-friendly approach encourages novices to take their investments into their own hands, and provides detailed recommendations on which financial-services companies to go to, along with phone numbers and Web sites to get readers started. Both first-time investors and high-flyers burned by the recent market meltdown will find this a helpful guide.
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.
About the Author
Jonathan Clements has written the weekly "Getting Going" column in The Wall Street Journal since 1994. He also writes a weekly column for The Wall Street Journal Sunday, a supplement appearing in seventy-seven newspapers across the nation.
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Jonathan presents a realistic approach to investing that avoids the day to day stimuli that can lead investors astray. The book also provides hope to those who've truly "lost it", either in dollar terms or in terms of their approach to investing.
People who read and understand this book will be ahead of those who don't, whether they invest on their own or use an adviser. I know anyone who has read this book will be better educated and will better understand investing.
The book didn't disappoint.This book is a help getting the necessary insight to the individual investor like me.
It get's a little complicated and detailed in places but the basics are here: saving, indexing, rebalancing, retiring.
There is also insight - if you worry about your portfolio before retiring, it's worse when it's your main source of income.
As Mr. Clements advises, you must learn some basics to be successful at investing.The "experts" you may hire have other agendas.