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Shares Made Simple: A beginner's guide to the stock market
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53 of 54 people found the following review helpful
on 5 January 2009
I bought this book 2 days ago after struggling with The UK Traders Bible (to be fair to the author of that book this wasn't intended to be a beginners book but it is extremely good despite the terminology).
However, this book is extremely well written with easy to understand explanations. I highly recommend this book if you are a newcomer to the stock markets like myself.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on 29 June 2010
Shares Made Simple is an absolutely fantastic book. I purchased the book because I wanted to invest money in the stock market but didn't have a clue how the process worked. The book takes you through the absolute basics in a clear, well-paced format.

Not only does the book take you through what shares are and how to invest, but it offers an invaluable insight into the operational and organisational aspects of business. For example Rodney Hobson explains how to understand each line on a company's annual results sheet and explains the difference between a Chairman, Executive director and non-Executive director.

In summary, I believe this book holds incredibly valuable information for anyone interested in stock-market investment or the running of a business. Don't be put-off by thinking that this book might be a boring read, it's well written, so delves into what you need to know and then quickly moves on to the next topic.

Jon
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49 of 52 people found the following review helpful
on 14 December 2007
I was a reader of Shares magazine when Rodney Hobson was at the helm
before Hemscott got him. I tried not to miss a copy. Hobson's book
Shares Made Simple is our perfect guide to the stock market.
It does what it says on the tin. The author explains such things as
what shares are, how they are created, whose company it is, company
accounts, and the London Stock Exchange. He takes his case studies
from the market. The overview of takeovers is the best. Hobson has
that rare knack of explaining complex financial matters in words
anybody can understand. Here is the beginners' guide that was always
waiting to get written.
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41 of 44 people found the following review helpful
on 19 February 2009
This was one of three books I purchased on share dealing / investing and was the cheapest , it was also the best and I found it easy to follow with lots of useful information , the jargon busting section was great

unlike some books in this area it does not presume you are already trading the stock markets
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 25 January 2011
... it got me to begin trading.

I think this book delivers on its title and does make shares simple. Many books I've tried to read in the past just could not deliver on that promise. I read this book in about a week and just yesterday made my first trade. And today my second.

I do feel now that I have a basic understanding of what the stock market is, how it works, why companies float on the stock market, why share prices rise and fall and how to trade.

My only criticism would be that the second half of the book goes into a lot of detail about eventualities in share dealing that seem unlikely to happen to somebody who is just starting out in share dealing.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on 7 January 2008
Shares Made Simple By RODNEY HOBSON I found this super book gave sound advice in plain english.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on 6 March 2011
I haven't read any other books on this subject so I have nothing to compare this to. However I did find stocks and shares quite daunting before reading this book. After reading it and investing some money, all my friends come to me with questions about shares as "the expert" and I feel like I can answer them all.

If you are wanting to invest money but are not really clued up about where to go, who to invest in, what the FTSE 100 is, or anything, I am pretty sure this book covers it.

If you are fairly competent with shares then I think this book may be a little simple for you, there is one chapter on charting which the writer says could be a book in itself, so maybe the more experienced investors need something on that subject.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 20 March 2011
Hi,
This is just what I was looking for. A clear and simple guide to how the 'market' and 'companies' work.

Even if you decide not to invest in shares, it's still an invaluable read.

It's not a 'market psychology' book, but a 'how it works' type book. Which I believe is important to read before reading the psychology type books.

A great book for a beginner and as a reference for a intermediate investor.

5 Stars
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on 1 November 2009
Shares made simple is a well written, easy to read and very informative book, for beginers on the stock market.
The concepts involed are very easy to pick up and reading the book becomes a breeze once you get hocked on it. This is most definity the place to start if your interested and don't know where to start. It covers all the most common jargon used in stocks, and leads well into other book that require a certain level of knowledge.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
A well written, informative book that avoids using jargon and allows anybody to get a good base knowledge of shares and the market. I found this book considerably better than others which seem to promote their websites or magazines or in one case just their investing prowess!
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