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Beating the Street [Paperback]

Peter Lynch , John Rothchild
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Book Description

1 May 1994
Legendary money manager Peter Lynch explains his own strategies for investing and offers advice for how to pick stocks and mutual funds to assemble a successful investment portfolio. Develop a Winning Investment Strategy--with Expert Advice from "The Nation's #1 Money Manager." Peter Lynch's "invest in what you know" strategy has made him a household name with investors both big and small. An important key to investing, Lynch says, is to remember that stocks are not lottery tickets. There's a company behind every stock and a reason companies--and their stocks--perform the way they do. In this book, Peter Lynch shows you how you can become an expert in a company and how you can build a profitable investment portfolio, based on your own experience and insights and on straightforward do-it-yourself research. In "Beating the Street, " Lynch for the first time explains how to devise a mutual fund strategy, shows his step-by-step strategies for picking stock, and describes how the individual investor can improve his or her investment performance to rival that of the experts. There's no reason the individual investor can't match wits with the experts, and this book will show you how.

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Product details

  • Paperback: 332 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster; Revised edition edition (1 May 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671891634
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671891633
  • Product Dimensions: 21.5 x 13.9 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 11,004 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars A Layman's Guide to the Stock Market 1 May 1997
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Peter Lynch is successful at presenting a good explanation of the stock market and a good method at being successful with it. He is very entertaining and provides many examples through out the book explaining concepts, jargon, and his methods for the average person to understand. If you're interested in stocks or just curious I highly recommend this book.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A novice guide to the stockmarket 27 April 2002
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Peter lynch's book beating the Street,is a book not just for the expericence stockmarket investor,but for anyone who has never invested in the market before.he shows you what to look for and how to spot Companys that outperform others.he's book is straight forward and simple to understand.i found his book different and unqiue .and worth a read for the first time investor in the complex market.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must if you intend to buy stocks 4 Sep 2001
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
A lot of people seem to be jumping into the stock market without investing much time in developing a working knowledge of trading. This book is a great starting point, and an interesting read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This book is a classic 15 Nov 2009
Format:Paperback
This book is simply a classic. Some might think it is old school, but is common sense investing ever out of style? Peter Lynch's investment philosophy is buying stocks of companies that he knows with P/E ratios not too high in relation to the growth rate. His famous advice is to visit the malls and observe which stores are the busiest. Watch people and notice which store names are on their shopping bags. And, finally, think for yourself instead of relying on tips.

I totally agree with him on the fact that amateur investors have an advantage over Wall Street professionals. Amateurs do not have any restrictions as to how much of a portfolio can be allocated toward one stock. Every investor should read this book.

- Mariusz Skonieczny, author of Why Are We So Clueless about the Stock Market? Learn how to invest your money, how to pick stocks, and how to make money in the stock market
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Considering investing in the Stockmarket? 12 Feb 2000
By Mr
Format:Paperback
You wouldn't build a house without first putting in firm foundations. Would you? Peter provides, with a personable approach, an approach to stocks and shares in a way comprehensible to even your children. Afterall his most successful references throughout his book have been those members of society not yet reached high school.
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By MJB
Format:Paperback
Great successful investor Peter Lynch explains in detail the history of some of its best investments during his career in Wall Street and why he had chosen them.

So, written 2 years after One Up on Wall Street, Beating the street is less a beginner's guide to the stock market than Peter Lynch's first book.

Lynch provides his personal approach to stocks and shares in a comprehensible way (For example, watching his wife's and daughters' favorite stores when he invested in retail sector). The only negative point is that Lynch was a very talented investor and picking stocks like him is not the easiest approach to reproduce without making mistakes...

Julien Delagrandanne, author :
- Investing in the Stock Market: Winning Approaches, Losing Approaches
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
By Vinny
Format:Paperback
I bought Beating the Street based on the glowing reviews, thinking that it was a beginner's guide to the stock market. I'm afraid it's nothing of the sort. Although the book is quite entertaining in it's own right, I gave up reading around three quarters of the way in when I realised it simply wasn't going to help me start off in buying shares.

To summarise, the book seems to be chiefly about Peter Lynch's career in Wall Street, focusing mainly on the time when he ran the Magellan fund, one of the biggest funds in the USA. While there's the odd useful snippet and insight into the strategies he used during his time running Magellan, there is almost nothing in the book that will teach a novice to trade. Ideal for a novice or layman, as described in other reviews? I don't think so!!

If you're looking for a beginner's guide to investing in the stock market, this is certainly not it. If you're looking for a fairly entertaining read about the ups and downs of a successful Wall Street investor, go for it. You may pick up a few useful tips but don't kid yourself you will be able to successfully trade at the end of it. If I'd taken a quick look at the book's contents I would have spotted this immediately and saved a few quid. I recommend you 'Look Inside' at the contents and decide for yourself.

In my opinion this book is nothing more than Peter Lynch massaging his own ego. Beginners - buy something else!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good Inverstment Reading/Listening 23 May 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Brilliant book, well presented with plenty of practical and encouraging material to get you started and developing your investment portfolio.
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5.0 out of 5 stars one of the most informative books that makes you think like an...
The insight into one of the most successful long term growth investors - makes you think like a successful investor from the outset.
Published 11 months ago by wilfc
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Very good book, I had been recommended this book before but was impressed when I started reading. Good value for money.
Published 14 months ago by Ceri
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read - it will steal you for the rocky markets
A cracking read, even for the beginner's investor. Loads of hints and tips for how to invest. My only suggestion is that you take a pen and paper and make notes throughout.
Published on 22 Nov 2011 by Review When Possibly Can
5.0 out of 5 stars Beating the street
Great easy read, very upbeat would recommend to all. If he can do it then so can we (maybe not)
Published on 6 May 2011 by FuriousTWolf
4.0 out of 5 stars Another great read from Peter Lynch
This book goes into great detail on Peter's mind set and decision making when he is working. Another must have for those interested in the markets and great examples of how we... Read more
Published on 31 Oct 2010 by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Book with practical examples
Its a good book but some of the content is repeated from the Lynch masterpiece 'One up on the Wall street'. Read more
Published on 25 Jan 2010 by A. Sardesai
5.0 out of 5 stars Briliant
I liked it , i found quite a few great tips. In some points find it hard to read and fully understand otherwise i loved it. Definatly one of the great books
Published on 17 Dec 2009 by Lina Brooks
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