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The Financial Times Guide to Investing [Paperback]

Glen Arnold
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22 April 2004

No need to be baffled any longer by a flurry of information, data, facts and comments, impenetrabel waves of jargon, and the complexities of the financial markets.
The Financial Times Guide to Investing will introduce you  to the complex art of investing, and how to invest successfully, whether you are actively involved in investing or just thinking about it. In addition to providing a simple guide to understanding how financial markets operate, it will allow you to follow and act on your own judgements based on case studies and worked examples, giving you the chance to experiment successfully with shares, bonds, funds and derivatives. The book is written in a clear and uncluttered manner taking many examples and case studies from the FT.



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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Financial Times/ Prentice Hall; 1 edition (22 April 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0273663097
  • ISBN-13: 978-0273663096
  • Product Dimensions: 23.2 x 18 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 174,253 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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More About the Author

Despite holding positions of Professor of Investment and Professor of Corporate Finance, Glen C. Arnold concluded that academic life was not nearly as much fun (nor as intellectually stimulating) as making money in the financial markets. As a wealthy investor in his early 50s he now spends most of his time running his equity portfolio and a small property development company from a tiny office in the heart of rural Leicestershire, far from the noise of the City. He also does a little writing and a few seminars.

His main research focus explores the question: "What works in investment?" drawing on the work of the great investors, academic discoveries and corporate strategic analysis. He is happy to share ideas with fellow enthusiasts in the City, such as at Schroders Investment Management, where he teaches 19 days each year. He also organises seminar days for private investors to discuss investment philosophies, company analysis and techniques allowing high returns - see www.glen-arnold-investments.co.uk.

He has written the best-selling investment book and the best-selling UK corporate finance textbook.

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From the Back Cover

THE FINANCIAL TIMES GUIDE TO  INVESTING

 

 

Two of the greatest myths about investment are, firstly, that financial assets and markets are hideously complicated and confusing, and secondly that you have to pay ‘experts’ to make far greater returns on your money than you could achieve on your own.  In truth the most important things you need to know about investing are based on common sense. 

 

The Financial Times Guide to Investing will introduce you to the practical art of investing, and show you how to invest more successfully, whether you are actively involved in investing or simply thinking about it.   In addition to providing a simple guide to understanding how financial markets operate, it will allow you to follow and act on your own judgements based on a case studies and worked examples, giving you the expertise to experiment successfully with shares, bonds, funds and derivatives.

 

Comprehensive and authoritative, this is the definitive guidebook to building your personal financial portfolio and investing in the financial markets with skill and confidence.

About the Author

Glen Arnold is a Visiting Professor of Corporate Finance at Salford University. He has published work directed at a full range of types of readers, from refereed journal articles directed at fellow academics to introductory finance and investment for the complete novice.

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109 of 110 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent foundation for investment 11 Oct 2006
Format:Paperback
I've long suspected that a bit of effort and intelligence are enough for understanding the main areas of finance and investment. One doesn't actually need to pay "experts" to make your investment decisions for you. The jargon is only something you need to learn, it does not have to present an insurmountable barrier. Before attempting to understand the financial pages or specialist books on trading, I bought this and was not disappointed. Working through it slowly and methodically and then returning to the more complex areas and following up the handy links and references provided, I feel much more confident about this whole area.

This is in no way a "get rich quick" book and actually helps to guide one away from such risky attitudes. Nor does it provide advice on savings accounts or the specific market or company that is best for you. It is an education on the world of finance: the markets, players, companies and instruments involved in the flows of capital which maintain the business world, and much of the economy, around us. It shows how most people (you don't have to be at all wealthy or super-brainy) can get involved in this system and, with a bit of patience and common sense, can significantly benefit from it. Armed with the basics and knowing who to deal with and, equally important, who to ignore, anyone should be able to improve their investment returns having read this.

The different kinds of investment are concisely explained and the limitations of some of the more hyped areas become obvious. Some of the mystery of futures trading is resolved, and one can follow-up pointers if interested in any particular area.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Utterly brilliant 7 April 2007
By mssmith1 VINE VOICE
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What a fantastic book. I came to this book whilst studying business finance as part of an MBA. My class work didn't really touch on the markets, and while I have a good grasp of economics, the mysteries of the markets have always escaped me. This book is fantastic. Exceptionally well written and clear it explains key concepts really well. Great detail from the basics (company structure, different types of investment), through calculating ratios and analysing company accounts & industries, to (what seem to me) the more esoteric areas of derivatives and warrants. If you are looking to start investing, or just understand how the markets work, this is the ideal introduction.
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122 of 126 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than the Motley Fool 18 Aug 2006
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As a new investor, I purchased this and the Motley Fool UK Investment Guide.

Both recommend a Warren Buffett-esque long term investment strategy, but the FT book is clearer and more succinct.

The information in the FT book is focused around the common sense idea that informed investment decisions can only be made through an understanding of business, economic and accounting principles. It also explains some of the technical processes behind different investment vehicles. In a nutshell it attempts to answer three questions:

1) What should I know before making an investment decision?
2) How do I execute an investment decision?
3) How can I make better decisions in the future?

Further reading is suggested at the end of every chapter/topic.

This FT book is merely an introduction to the world of investing, but it will get you started in the right direction.

You may prefer the Motley Fool book if you want a more "mind off" approach to investing. There is much less background information and the book will often tell you what to do. Avenues for further investigation are directed at its website where they will sell you a variety of articles and publications that also tell you what to do (and promise higher returns).

Over time, I have found myself returning to the FT book again and again, whilst the Motley Fool has sat gathering dust on my bookshelf.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars CLEAR & CONCISE 26 Sep 2009
By Gummy
Format:Paperback
I wanted to start investing in the stock market but knew nothing about how to do so. I have no background in finance so I wanted a good understanding of money, markets, types of investments etc at a basic level... this book delivered that in the first few chapters.

As the book goes on, I found that the topics became gradually more difficult to comprehend as the topics become more complex but this is due to the subject matter, NOT the author. The author writes in a clear, concise way which suits beginners and i'm sure, more experienced investors.

The book explains the benefits of investing but it does not neglect to tell readers of the pitfalls. After reading this book I now feel informed and much more confident about investing my money.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Recommended 9 Sep 2012
By L
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In an economy which at the moment seems to be so focused on borrowing, this comes as an extremely welcome read. Why this material is not compulsory in all schools is saddening. The guide is extremely well presented and very logically structured, starting with the basics of how and why companies are structured before moving on to the specifics of investment. Investment/ economics/ capitalism are major subject areas in themselves and this book expertly manages most of the time to get the balance spot on. It is a perfect length and goes into plenty of detail but no too much detail thus avoiding become a technical bore that is not more accessible to a wider audience. The guide also serves as an excellent reference resource, although I read it first time front-to-back. Four stars for a few picky reasons. It's slightly out of date, chapters could do with better summaries at the end (i.e. what are the key/ points/ learnings) and at times it can get fairly technical quite quickly and in doing so it loses sight of practical applications. Nevertheless, very much recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! Good summary of the financial world
Excellent! Good summary of the financial world, very well written. I have found it very helpful - I used before starting a new job that involved a lot of contact with clients in... Read more
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4.0 out of 5 stars Informative
It can be used as an investing bible for both novice and professional investor alike. If you want to learn how to value a company for example, everything is in there to help.
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I bought this weighty book for my husband, I could not get through the first few pages. It is very detailed and I am sure an important asset to those who wish to invest. Read more
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Although it stretches to 575 pages it is a very readable piece of work. All the jargon is explained and is full of sound advice for anyone involving themselves in the field of... Read more
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The digital edition of this book is not what I am expected. Although it's much easier to carry and read on the move compared to the printed book. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Summer
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Read
Brilliant Guide. Perfect for those who want to know more about Investing. This book gives you examples in an easy to understand manner. Highly recommended
Published 12 months ago by Robert Fullam
4.0 out of 5 stars ok
haven't really read it all yet, but what I have read its interesting and makes sense to what i am looking for
Published 13 months ago by James E McClements
5.0 out of 5 stars Informative
Very informative it is an interesting read. Really good for my son who is studying GCSE Business studies. very good
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