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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 25 September 2012
Having industry inside knowledge, we know what the author says is true. It is well researched and very accessible. Banks and investment managers are going to rip you off. Now you know how they are doing it.

If you need to read a book on investing this is it.
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on 21 March 2014
I am a long standing and happy Amazon user and have ordered many things over the years with 95% of the products being very good but this is the first time I have created a review. So, why now ...

This is an excellent book that must be read by every private investor. OK, it's now between 12 and 15 months out of date but that does not make any difference to the content. Although I'd love to see a next edition.

The book goes through why the costs charged by the professionals undermines your expected returns and contrasts and compares difference investment products although Funds (Unit Trusts) take the majority of the focus.

It's not a happy story and I found myself thinking "Ok, he'll tell me what to do about it, how to overcome these problems" but that advice is never given. Mainly because this is not a book about adopting a particular investment strategy but one that educates the reader and provides plenty of insight into what is happening and leaves it up to you (quite rightly) to figure out what to do about it.

I'd love it to provide a solution but then we'd all be multi-millionaires.

This is a MUST READ for you at any stage of your investment journey and I have distributed it around my office.

It's an easy read if a depressing one. But thank you Pete for doing all this work and letting us have it for FREE.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 8 August 2013
An excellent book. My own experience over 20 years investing had lead me to the same (painful) conclusions!

Later, I chose myself as my adviser....it has taken some effort but all the tools i needed, i found. I don't need advice from the financial services industry. The sooner the majority of these incompetent advisors "move on" the better.

Thank You for writing the book....hopefully it will be another spark that ignites major changes in this industry.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 16 September 2012
I too had always wondered why my returns were low and why my unit trust & isa & pension never performed that well, but i never sat down and worked out why. Just vaguely thinking that it didn't quite stack up. Now I know. It should be read by all investors, but especially those who don't invest on a regular basis and just have their money in something passive like a pension. The way the financial industry looks after itself in the UK is scandalous.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 1 May 2012
I came to this after hearing the author being interviewed on the radio and was struck by what excellent information source it is. I found it to be easy to read and digest and packed with thought stimulating facts all brought together with the reference sources.

It is a "must read" for all savers and investors.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 5 August 2012
Altruistically written, thoroughly researched and finally getting to the truth that is inaccessible to the average investor.

If you don't want to pay for it, go to his website to get the free ebook version.

However once you read it - tell everyone you know. The truth if finally available...
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on 23 September 2013
I got the reference for this book from the Radio 4 programmes "How You Pay for the City" (also very good and still on i-player). I realised I have been far too passive over the years in accepting financial advice (& probably opaque charges and fees) without really knowing even what questions I should be asking, never mind having a sense of what alternatives there might be for my (rather modest) self-employed pension or my carefully garnered savings. This book is very readable, "can-do" and democratic. It also suggests other places/websites etc you can go to find stuff out. It has given me some confidence as well as a lot of information. BUT note that it was published May 2012 and since then some of his opinions (such as the relative merits of keeping savings in cash) have changed as the financial mess has changed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 22 April 2013
A great deal of research must have been put into this book. I wish that I had read something like this years ago, it could have saved me a lot of money.
I would certainly recommend reading this book if you 'dabble' in shares.
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on 20 October 2014
this is a very interesting book, it has highlighted some important issues, but I felt the conclusion to this highly researched book is weak.One senses that the author enjoyed debunking a lot of perceived facts but was not quite sure how to provide clear guidance at the conclusion of the book.

The section on investment trusts is particularly poor as was the failure to point out that this type of investment regularly outperforms most classes of investment.

In addition it was stated that investment trusts are more volatile and a pessimistic picture is put forward.

Yet investment trusts, are one of the few ways that provide a realistic opportunity to make very handsome returns

Ray best
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 18 February 2013
Expertly explained - read it before it's too late.
Will stop you throwing good money after bad in the future.
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