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Andrew Craig
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2 Jan 2013
Have you been meaning to sort your finances out but kept putting it off? Perhaps you have had a bad experience with financial advice in the past? Own The World shows you why you can and should invest your own money and highlights the significant advantages you have over most finance professionals. The knowledge needed to make a huge difference to your money is not that complicated, just very poorly distributed throughout the population. You will see how successful investment can turn hundreds into millions thanks to the power of compound interest, something Einstein described as "The Eighth wonder of the world". It has never been more important to take charge of your financial affairs. Fortunately the tools available to you have never been more powerful or inexpensive. Own The World shows you where to go and what to do to make the very best of your personal finances... In the interests of full disclosure: Please be aware that this first edition of Own The World is aimed primarily at the UK market. The great majority of the message is relevant to you no matter where you live as there will be a way of implementing the book's ideas in your home country. We intend to publish future editions of the book with more specific advice for people based in the US, Canada, Australia and elsewhere. You will still be able to get a great deal from the current edition, however.

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  • Paperback: 266 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (2 Jan 2013)
  • ISBN-10: 1480129909
  • ISBN-13: 978-1480129900
  • Product Dimensions: 22.6 x 15.2 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 50,913 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Andrew Craig graduated in Economics and International Politics in 1997. His first job took him to Washington DC where he worked for a US Congressman on Capitol Hill. Since then Andrew has spent well over a decade working in financial markets in London and latterly New York. Importantly, Andrew originally worked in an area called “pan european small and mid caps”. This simply meant that he dealt with companies from all over Europe that were less than about £2-3 billion in size. He was able to meet and travel with the top management teams of several hundred companies and was involved with the stock market flotation (IPO) of the likes of Burberry, Campari, easyJet, HMV, lastminute.com, Carluccio’s and the Carbon Trust. Working in the more volatile area of “smaller” companies meant that Andrew saw first hand just how much money the very best investors were able to make. His reaction was to read extremely widely about investment and to start investing his own money. Thanks in great part to the returns afforded by those investments he has been able to spend around five of the last fifteen years outside of conventional employment (not having to earn any money). This has given him the time to read very widely on finance, trading, economics, history and economic history. It is this, more than anything, which he feels qualifies him to bring you the information you will find in Own The World. More than his degree or over ten years of working in banking, it is the time he has had to read the very best books and other information sources about investment and economic history for the last many years that has enabled him to bring you this information… At the most basic level his view is simply: That you really owe it to yourself to learn enough about money to run your own financial affairs. The rewards of doing so are life changing as you have significant advantages over professional investors. Learning about money is nowhere near as difficult as you may previously have thought. You can learn how to do a perfectly good job with your money more quickly than it took you to learn how to drive, for example. Andrew would argue that learning about finance is a more useful life skill than driving in the long run and it is crazy that nearly everyone learns how to drive but hardly anyone learns anything about money. Real financial literacy should be taught at school. He knows that you will find the information in Own The World truly life changing...

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Straight Talk or Plain English 22 Nov 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
As someone deep into economic advice, people always ask me for investment advice. Two different things. My personal views aside, the underlying theory in this book accords with my own, including my personal investment strategy. Craig supports an "Own the World" strategy - basically sensible and well thought-through diversification over the long term. He also encourages the reader to get a grip, early, on their own long-term investments in order to harness the power of compound growth and avoid the sapping of compound professional fees. If you want just one book on investment from the cacophony, you couldn't do much better.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This one's a keeper 21 Nov 2012
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Andrew Craig clearly has an amazing financial knowledge and talent for writing. This book presents some remarkable facts on global financial issues that you cannot ignore. The way Andrew simply explains financial concepts from the ground up is the reason you will close the book feeling confident handling your own financial future and gain the benefits of doing so. Andrew needs to do no convincing - the facts he presents speak for themselves. Not only will this book provide you with a great understanding of investment but also the motivation and ability to secure a better financial future for yourself. Overall an amazing resource and a great companion to Rich Dad Poor Dad to show you how to make your money work for you.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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Post-financial crisis, it's a very confusing world out there, with a lot of savers and investors wondering where to turn next. I count myself amongst them for, after 25 years or so of reasonably successful investing, I find myself more unsure than I've ever been of the right path ahead.

Step forward Andrew Craig and "Own the World". What a book this is. It cuts through the current gloom with precise, practical advice that you can put into action at once, drawing on a broad range of sources to substantiate its highly credible thesis. Equally comfortable at both macro and micro levels, Craig provides you with the confidence that you will be basing your decisions on a compelling analysis of the past, and a bold but robust strategy for the future. It's a must-read, for beginner and seasoned investor alike.

This isn't just good: it actually makes you feel better.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thought provoking and worthwhile. 2 Feb 2013
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Had this from the Amazon Prime lending library so my expectations were not high. After reading the first chapter I was hooked. The author gives excellent advice and reasoning behind a common sense investment strategy with some thought provoking examples. I read this book as quickly as I could, then got on the internet and made the small effort to look at my pensions and ISA's, with the view of following the basic premise of the book.

This book is not a get rich quick scheme or a list of invesment tips and does not try to push you to a particular fund or stock. It is just a basic common sense strategy. As the book quotes "common sense is not that common"
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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Finance was a black hole in my knowledge, and for some reason I never sat down and thought, "Hmm, this is an area that's going to have a huge impact on my future; maybe I should learn something about it". Then I read Andrew's book and what could have been dry or intimidating was presented so clearly and logically that I've been recommending it to everyone I talk to ever since. It was invigorating to learn how easily I can take control of my financial future, and how many common assumptions about finance, investing and property are wrong. The book maps out a very clear overview of finance and gives step by step instructions to sensible investing. A life changing book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Spirited but flawed guide to investment strategy 10 Dec 2013
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This punchy guide to the world of investment written by a financial services insider rings true in terms of the need for individual investors to take personal responsibility for their own finances, using a diversified portfolio of global equities or "Own the World" strategy. The need to sidestep commission driven financial advisers and the corrosive impact of hidden fees and charges on investor returns are also clearly spelt out. He also offers a sceptical but well argued contrarian view on the role of property and home ownership in personal wealth management. Less convincingly, the author's enthusiasm for commodities and particularly precious metals including gold and silver seems to reflect hubris over past trading successes and naive theories of monetary inflation, rather than realistic prospects of future returns. Since the book was written, gold prices have experienced sharp falls. Even more worryingly, the author concludes by encouraging more adventurous investors to play the markets through speculative investments in individual shares and structured products including spread betting, overlooking the fact that over-confidence, and excessive embedded trading costs using such vehicles inevitably lead to sub-optimal results compared to more passive investment strategies. Overall, a spicy broth, but more cautious investors would be better served by other guides, including Smarter Investing by Tim Hale, and Investing Demystified by Lars Kroijer.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great starting book to investing 7 Mar 2013
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This is a well written book which is very readable. It clearly sets out how the author sees the world (circa 2012/13) and how you could attempt to structure your finances to give you a decent retirement. The first 2/3 of the book outlines where we are today and the last 1/3 attempts to answer how we should profit from this. I have come from a background where I am quote interested in finance and finance related issues, however have rather stuck my head in the sand for the past few years since the financial crisis. This shows you how (also with the help of the website [...]) to structure your savings and go about taking advantage of trends in the world today to earn a good return. Some other subjects such as Technical Analysis are also covered in some light detail. Although Andrew Craig doesn't dig too deeply into them, he does provide many examples of other books where the reader can get further details if they wish. It's a good book and has really spurred me to think about how I will fund my retirement and how I can be more proactive in this, in a fun and interesting way.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great starting point for learning how to manage your own investments
The only book on personal investment that I've managed to read cover to cover. An easy to read, engaging book that teaches you the basic concepts and also gives some useful... Read more
Published 24 days ago by Donski
5.0 out of 5 stars Got some money and want advice? READ THIS ONE!
Very informative with a well balanced view on lots of investment vehicles.

Not only a good read but will educate you and probably put you on a track to financial... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Hakuren
5.0 out of 5 stars The Personal Finance Bible
The best book on personal finance I have ever read. Unlike many other authours in this field, Andrew doesn't try to sell you seminars, other books or get rich quick schemes. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Kulwant Singh
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read for taking control of your finances
Working in the financial industry i wasn't expecting to find this so thought provoking and insightful and once I picked it up I couldn't lay it down. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Mr Philip J Webster
5.0 out of 5 stars No nonsense, just plain English sensible
Andrew Craig made me pick up the phone to review my pension arrangements. Book goal fully accomplished. He writes in an utterly entertaining, plain English sensible way! Read more
Published 4 months ago by Maria Polycarpou
4.0 out of 5 stars Philosophy spot on - not so sure about some of his calcs
Not quite finished this book yet but its worth giving a grade for what I've found so far as his philosophy is worth looking at at any stage of journey. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Happy Chappie
5.0 out of 5 stars Very insightful, providing a comprehensive structure to managing my...
I found Own The World very engaging and insightful, providing a comprehensive account of how I should structure my personal investments to maximise my future potential wealth. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Honest Jon
5.0 out of 5 stars If only
Wish I had a text book like this years ago when I first started investing. I intend to purchase another book so I can give one to each of my sons. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Carmelina
5.0 out of 5 stars Cracking read!
A brilliantly well written introduction to the world of finance. Easy to understand and inspired me to start investing. Don't agree with his bullish attitude to gold however.
Published 8 months ago by Alex M
3.0 out of 5 stars own the world
Whistle stop tour: good general overview but noting original and no suggestions list of providers for products. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Dr
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