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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: 14 x 2.5 x 21.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,533 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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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Rolf Dobelli TOP 500 REVIEWER on 19 July 2005
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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 By Maxim Masiutin on 2 Dec 2007
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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 By book maniac on 2 Nov 2007
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By TheNoughtyGraduate on 26 Mar 2014
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A great part of my life has been dedicated to following the stock market and learning how to invest. The first time I put actual money on the table I went all-in. It took losing a lot of that money to realise that this was a mug's game - at least the way I was doing it. My approach involved scanning the daily movers and shakers, and trading on momentum. Technical analysis... I have yet to come across anyone who actually uses this successfully to generate consistent growth in their portfolio. As I would later discover, none of the greats used it. Who are the greats? Black swans some call them. Yeah those exist I'm sure. But my new hero, Peter Lynch, is no black swan. At least his approach isn't. Ever hear the mantra: "Invest in what you know"? This is Lynch. He coined that phrase.

One Up on Wall Street by Peter Lynch may look like it was born in the 80s. And along with Mr. Lynch's fantastic suit on the cover, its title may draw a few laughs. But the principles you will take from it are timeless and of great value.

Read this book if you have limited knowledge on investing; read it if you consider yourself to be pretty well read on the topic; read it if you have no clue. It is applicable to all levels. And for all those looking to get a job in this industry, it will set you up well for answering that very popular interview question: "If I gave you £100,000 where would you invest it and why?". This book will embed in you sound investing principles, which you will lean on throughout your life and/or your career. And Lynch is a great writer to boot. He cuts straight to the point and doesn't dance around the subject only to keep you chasing the plot - every succinct chapter is a standalone lesson in itself.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Wayward Lad on 1 Oct 2014
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I've just read this book - twice - in the last month, and it is very thought provoking.
Having been written in 1989 (25 years ago) my initial impression was that it needed to be edited to bring it-up-to-date. Then, on a 2nd reading, I thought it's best off as it is. What changed my view was the comments he made on Berkshire Hathaway (Warren Buffetts fund) and that it's "never too late to buy a good share". See page 89 (What Stock Market, chapter 5): the Berkshire Hathaway share price was US$7 in the early 1960's' yet at the time this book was written (1989) it was US$4,900. Was Berkshire Hathaway worth buying at US$4,900? You bet it was! Earlier this year (2014) it touched US$208,000 a share!

This book isn't about analysis of figures and assessing balance sheets - it's about finding companies with the potential to increase their share price multiple times over a relatively short period (say 3 to 15 years).
As Lynch himself writes (see "Reading the Reports, in Chapter 12) you don't need to go on a "wild-goose chase" looking for the numbers to point you in the direction of a share purchase. Barely 2 minutes with an annual report will give you all the info you need. And this info is only providing the icing on the cake.

What this book is about is uncovering potential companies to invest in by using your own experience of life.
It's telling you to open your eyes, look around you and investigate what you find good - be it a new brand of jam on your toast, or a new gadget you've come across that no-one should be without.
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