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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; 3rd Edition edition (20 Aug. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470666781
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470666784
  • Product Dimensions: 18.9 x 2 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 32,829 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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‘ This book is for absolute beginners, up to somebody who wants to invest money sensibly in a variety of things.’ ‘… this accessible guide helps you to make sound and sensible investment choices, whatever your budget .’  (Moneywise, November, 2010).

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Investing can be one of the quickest ways to make money, but if you think investing is only for the super–rich, think again. Whether you want to invest in shares, property, bonds or other assets, this friendly guide enables you to make sound and sensible investment choices, whatever your budget. So if you’re looking to get a first foot on the ladder or want to add to a brimming portfolio, this updated edition provides you with the expert advice you need to make successful investments.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Michael Collier on 18 Jan. 2008
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Well-written primer for investors or anyone who simply wants to understand what all the financial pages of newspapers mean. Levene tackles the subject in an informal but informative manner and his background as a journo rather than a fund manager clearly helps in this respect.

This is one of the better '...For Dummies' titles I have come across and certainly the best introduction to the subject I have encountered. Too often investment books are either over-technical or dry as a bone. Given the huge scope of the subject and the complexity of some of the investment vehicles currently available, Levene does as well as anyone could hope and probably a bit better.
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38 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Spider Monkey HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 14 Oct. 2006
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This is a good place to start if you're interested in investing but don't know much jargon or terms. It goes through subjects like investor psychology, as well as explaining the various types of investments and the risks associated with them. It is clear to read and very understandable. This would be a perfect launch-pad to other books about investing and a great way to further your knowledge about what can be a confusing topic.

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41 of 47 people found the following review helpful By S Law on 2 Jan. 2008
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I have read this book from cover to cover at least once and some topic of my interest at least twice or more.

I am no new comer when come to investment, but I do get some refreshment on certain bits which I have too long forgotten in my consideration whenever I buy my shares.

The author placed a lot of emphasis on buying shares and dedicated almost half of the book on shares. He is in agreement with Warren Buffett style of investing - buy and hold. He placed similar emphasis on bonds (maybe a little lesser than shares). He placed lesser emphasis on real estate investment and alternative investment.

I think these forms of investment are just as important as knowing how to invest in stock. I sincerely do think the author should really have placed a bit more of his attention on these areas. I think the details on some of the more sophisticated form of investment (CFD/Spreadbet/Share Options) are covered too briefly in this book. Warnings and danger of these geared products are not discussed in great details.

Oh yes, the author has very deep hatred for OEIC/Mutual fund. He would not recommend anyone buying OEIC/Mutual fund. And I see where he is coming from, but perhaps he has been a bit too extreme to certain extent. OEIC/Mutual fund is still a great one-stop solution for investors who do not have the time to study the various different form of investment and still provide a quick diversification.

I like the first half of his book, but somewhat feel he had been under pressure to finish the second half of his book. A lot of the important details on the topics covered in the second half of his book has been absent (For example: He discussed about real estate in just few pages whereas he discuss shares in great details.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mr. C. Hilton-petrou on 22 Sept. 2007
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This really is a book for those of you who wish to know the basics of personal Finance/investment and the Financial and Investment world in one place. It is a great starting block and provides sound advice at every corner. It does not tell you how to make money, it simply gives you the academic tool in which to enter into the investment markets.

I am 19 and have a strong interest in Finance and I found that this gave me a stronger knowledge of what I already knew. So therefore it can help any budding entrepreneurs also.

I strongly recommend anybody and anyone to read this even if you aren't interested at all. It is valuable information for your life without being pretentious.
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I have a degree in economics and work in financial services. I prefer clients who know what they are getting into and have a goal to achieve. I would recommend this book to them. Most finance is actual simple but obscured by smoke and mirrors. This book provides a financial overview and works as helpful guide. We then have a stronger base that allows us to work together and achieve their goals and dreams.
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By Krikuletz on 10 Jun. 2014
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Having been and still am quite a newbie when it goes down to investing, this book has given me the first steps into the investing world. I would recommend it to all first starters.
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By Hazem Lashin on 21 Jun. 2013
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This book is a good introduction to investment. It also helps to explain the basics about the major investment instruments.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ang on 11 July 2009
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This was recommended to me by a financial company that I am going to work for. It is imformative and easy to read. Wouldn't hesitate to recommend
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