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Investing in Stocks and Shares: A Step-by-step Guide to Making Money on the Stock Market [Paperback]

John White
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1 May 2003
- what affects share prices - how to avoid unecessary risks - how to trade on markets up or down - futures - options - bonds - gilts - all are explained with step-by-step guidance.

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  • Paperback: 241 pages
  • Publisher: How To Books Ltd; 6th Revised edition edition (1 May 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1857038479
  • ISBN-13: 978-1857038477
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 13.4 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 438,787 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'If you have got money to spare, start by investing in the purchase of this book.' Making Money. 'An easy-to-understand guide to the way the stock market works, and how the investor should go about setting up a suitable investment strategy.' What Investment. 'A really user-friendly guide...Contains many practical examples and illustrations of typical share-dealing documents....demystifies the world of stocks and shares.' OwnBase.

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A guide to increasing your wealth as a personal investor
This clear handbook guides the reader step-by-step through the things they need to know about investing in stocks & shares: factors affecting share prices, how to avoid undue risks and how to deal on the stock market. It also explores investment opportunities in futures, options, bonds and gilts. Making Money Magazine said 'If you have got money to spare, start by investing in the purchase of this book'. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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65 of 68 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Money Spinner 15 Mar 2007
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This book is a very good introduction to the stock market basics that you need to begin investing. Im in university and one of my core modules was a trial stock market investing project. Having been advised on reading this book by my lecturer I checked it out of the library, having done so and having read the book I thought it was only fair to the author to purchase it (plus I wanted it for reference).

This book is the all to it book of stock market books. Using this book not only did I get 90% on my course module I have also begun investing my own money in the market. This has to date made me hundreds off a minimal investment amount over a short three month period of time. I could not recommend this book highly enough for research purposes or for the budding investor this book has all you need to know about investing.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Must have read the wrong book.... 17 Mar 2009
This book was entirely too textbookish for me, rather than simplify the stock market it continued in the typical way of lecturing the reader (me!) and did so in such an unhelpful academic style.

I, frankly, do not understand how the other reviewers could possibly think this was a useful book , especially given the title. It was not a 'Step by Step' anything. And it was incomplete and perhaps a little inaccurate to boot.

It never mentioned using an execution only online trader - instead it advocated getting a broker (perhaps the most expensive way to trade). It also never mentioned self-select ISAs that enables the private investor to manage their own tax efficient investment vehicle.

It is perhaps the worst introduction I could have had.

Fortunately, I hedged my bets and bought 'The Naked Trader' by Robbie Burns at the same time and I have to say that was an infinitely better book for me. By the time I was halfway through it - I had experienced a '2 weeks in the life of a trader' without the airs and graces.

The 'Naked Trader' style was much more friendly and supportive - written as though the author was sitting with you in a pub giving the lowdown on how to do this, the pitfalls and really useful tools to help you get started. He breaks all the complex stuff down with great real life examples form the market that he actually traded. Definitely, the ordinary bloke's guide to sustainable and profitable investing.

I hope this gives a more balanced view of the book compared to the other reviewers. I ultimately returned the 'Investing in Stocks & Shares' book back for a refund - it was that bad!
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Introduction 24 Sep 2004
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This book is a great introduction into the world of stocks and shares. It's up to date and provides plenty of in-depth information, suited to the more astute investor, but still covers the basic points and is easy enough to read and get to grips with for the beginner.
Deserved of it's 5 stars rating.
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45 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent introduction for the novice 21 Nov 2000
By A Customer
This is the book I have been looking for all along.
Clear, simple, concise. After dabbling for a number of months and not really understanding a great deal, this was the book which suddenly illuminated the whole area of stocks and shares for me.
I have read numerous other books purporting to make stocks and shares easier to understand which have always left me wanting to know more than what they told me. This is the book to do it !
Buy, buy, buy !
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27 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Consise advice 25 Oct 2000
By A Customer
I found this book extreamly useful. It gives a superb explination on how to invest. With this book I've started to invest and gain from shares. Thank you John!!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A dry unmemorable read 12 Dec 2007
I found the book to be dry and it failed to make the subject of investing interesting. It covers a lot of financial products, providing reasonable detail in terms of the numbers, but its dull. The chapters don't flow very well and I found myself struggling to recall what I had just read.

I wouldn't recommend this as a introductory book to investing because it simply doesn't make the subject interesting like the motley fool series of books manages to. But it does give a certain amount of detail, that may make it useful as a reference text for the amateur investor.
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