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One Up on Wall Street (A Fireside book) [Paperback]

Peter Lynch , John Rothchild
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21 Aug 2000 A Fireside book
Peter Lynch believes that average investors have advantages over Wall Street experts. Since the best opportunities can be found at the local mall or in their own places of employment, beginners have the chance to learn about potentially successful companies long before before professional analysts discover them. This headstart on the experts is what produces 'tenbaggers', the stocks that appreciate tenfold or more and turn an average stock portfolio into a star performer. In this fully updated edition of his classic bestseller, Lynch explains how to research stocks and offers easy-to-follow directions for sorting out the long shots from the no shots. He also provides valuable advice on how to learn as much as possible from a company's story, and why every investor must ignore the ups and downs of the stock market and focus only on the fundamentals of the company in which they are investing.

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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster; 2nd Revised edition edition (21 Aug 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743200403
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743200400
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.4 x 0.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,617 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Anise C. Wallace "The New York Times" Mr. Lynch's investment record puts him in a league by himself.

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PETER LYNCH is vice chairman of Fidelity Management & Research Company and a member of the Board of Trustees of the Fidelity funds. He has co-authored, with John Rothchild, the bestselling books BEATING THE STREET (0671891634) and LEARN TO EARN (0684811634). He lives in the Boston, USA. JOHN ROTHCHILD has written for TIME and THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW, he is also the author of A FOOL AND HIS MONEY (J.Wiley & Sons). He lives in Miami Beach, Florida

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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Packed with Knowledge! 19 July 2005
By Rolf Dobelli TOP 500 REVIEWER
This book has become a classic of personal investment literature for good reasons. For one thing, watching Lynch lampoon Wall Street and its cadre of institutional investors is rich fun. He is, perhaps, the foremost money manager in the U.S., thanks to the success of Fidelity's multibillion-dollar Magellan Fund. Lynch says that when E.F. Hutton speaks, the average investor ought to take a nap. Although this is an updated edition, most of the content dates to "pre-bubble" 1989. As such, it offers haunting warnings about stocks with inflated price-to-earnings ratios. Warning to novice investors: Lynch is a Wharton grad who's been in the market since his college days and, as such, he tends to see stocks as simple and straightforward. Like the "Oracle of Omaha," Warren Buffett, he's a quintessential value investor who looks for undervalued companies in nuts-and-bolts industries. The difference, as Lynch puts it, is that he buys those companies' stocks, while Buffett buys those companies. We strongly recommend this book to those who govern their own portfolios.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Who wishes to beat the market 2 Dec 2007
The main idea of "One up on Wall Street" is to beat the market by choosing a small portfolio of stocks of 3-10 companies that grow at a higher rate than the market average. The book doesn't cover mutual funds, index funds and exchange-traded funds, because the author claims that "if you don't think you can beat the market, then buy a mutual fund and save yourself a lot of extra work and money".

The book encourages you to become an aggressive investor, who has a good understanding of financial markets; is comfortable with taking risks with their investments; is not concerned about short-term volatility (fluctuation in returns); and invests for the longer-term. This encouragement is done in a very friendly tone, it is easy to understand, and quite well explained, with enough humor and variety.

I would also recommend the unabridged audio version in addition to this paperback edition.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the way to win 2 Nov 2007
I have been reading a few books about the stock market lately. So far, it is the book that has inspired me most.

I have noticed that most of the truly big winners in the stock market are long-term investors, which indeed challenges my desire to make a quick money in the stock market. I have tried to adjust my attitude toward stock market thanks to the inspiration given by the books I read recently, especially "One Up on Wall Street". To be specific, I found Part II of the book, Picking Winners, is very useful to me. It gave me an opportunity to review the tactics I have used so far.

I think that this book should be useful to you as well, as long as you want to stay in the stock market with a long-term view.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great primer for value investing... 14 Feb 2012
By Gcrikey
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
what i liked about lynch's book is that from the out set it's incredibly easy to read. too many investing books are written in such a boring, dry manner one struggles to stay awake while reading them - and more often than not feel guilty because the reader feels they are missing "great advice" when tryiong to decipher the text. not with this little gem.

the book covers how to find companies to invest in, how to value companies, and when to get out of companies invested in - the main theme running through the book is that an amateur investor can and will out perform professionals if they avoid the noise from wall street and focus on companies they understand.

the book gives great example of companies that were a "10 bagger/20 bagger" (meaning if you invested 1 you would have made 10/20 etc.). lynch also gives example of where he missed companies/lost money as wekll - so the advice is very well rounded.

so why 4 stars? the book is well written with great examples and advice - but i question how relevant this is today when there are software packages and websites that can perform instant ratio checks, and profitability measures etc. - basically meaning that i am unsure whether lynch would have been as successful today as he was when the book was written - late 1980's. other than that, son't be put pff. this is a great book and well worth the read....
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read from an investment expert 26 Jan 2004
By A Customer
Peter Lynch has all the qualities you'd want from an investor and he's not bad as a writer either. He talks at great length about the qualatative aspects of investing including portfolio balance, spotting winners and when to buy and sell and I use ideas of his in my own portfolio. I'd advise reading other books that relate more to numerical aspects of selecting shares, "Beyond the Zulu principle" being one of the best, as he is a little light in this area. Never the less, this book is a good investment for anyone who wants to or already does deal in shares.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars By far the best of Peter Lynchs' books! 27 Jan 1998
By A Customer
Format:Audio Cassette
This is by far the best of the fabled mutual fund manager, Peter Lynch, books. This book is the best of the lot, and well worth the price of admission.
Mr. Lynch managed the largest mutual fund in the WORLD for a number of years (Fidelity Magellan: 1977-1990), and brings his experience and suggestions home in a common-sense sort of way. Not filled with numbers, but provides the investor with the basics of where to look around for good companies, and some hallmarks of them.
I suggest that this book belongs on the shelf of any beginning investor (or broker or CFA for that matter), together with Buffettology. The only weak part of this book is the valuation portion: that is, to know how you are buying $1 worth of stock for $1 or less (here Buffettology would help).
Overall, I highly recommend this book, and believe both novice and experienced investors will profit alike.
Jay Walker
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I met Peter Lynch about twenty years ago when he was visiting Singapore. I read his book, applied his excellent advice and it's worked well for me. Read more
Published 3 months ago by V Goldsilk
5.0 out of 5 stars Best guide to the stockmarket ever!
There's a lot of books out there about how to make money in the stock market - Lynch's advice is the soundest and les risky, and it is based on long-term commitment to companies... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Isabel Noronha
5.0 out of 5 stars Thinking of investing? You MUST read this.
I never really understood the world of shares and sharedealing (I thought it was an specialist club for the financially educated) but this book breaks down the basics of what to... Read more
Published 7 months ago by A.Ferry
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting
Arrived promptly. A very interesting and a comparatively easy read. Lynch has a very relaxed and humorous style of writing.
Published 8 months ago by M J Moore
4.0 out of 5 stars Instructive
Good overview of how someone outside Wall Street can find sustainable investments. However I was expecting a more quantitative approach.
Published 10 months ago by jmcc
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic and fruitful reading
This book frequently appears on savvy investor reading lists. I read it for the first time recently and the sound advice, humbly offered was a pleasure to read. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 star book.
It is one of the best books on investing along with "Beating the street". Is simple to read and offer best advice on stocks and on market in general.
Published 14 months ago by Daniel
5.0 out of 5 stars A must
I just re-read the book. I am a keen private investor and regard this as a must-read. It is also a fun, easy read for anyone delving into share investments.
Published 15 months ago by SP Hawkins
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