One Up On Wall Street: How To Use What You Already Know To Make Money In The Market (A Fireside book) Paperback – 21 Aug 2000
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Anise C. Wallace The New York Times Mr. Lynch's investment record puts him in a league by himself.
An updated edition of a classic that explains how to research stocks and offers easy-to-follow directions for making the correct choice. It also explains why one should focus on the fundamentals of a company, and not on its stock value fluctuations.See all Product description
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This is a charming book written by a modest and engaging character, full of great anecdotes and sound advice. It has a place in my top twenty books on investing. Thoroughly recommended,.
I particularly like the sections where he details some of his investments (good and bad) and includes the charts explaining where he bought and sold and the reasoning behind that. Peter actually goes quite in depth on some of his biggest mistakes which is a really nice touch and takes it away from being overly preachy like a lot of other investment books.
So far I've read it twice and I fully intend to read it again.
the book covers how to find companies to invest in, how to value companies, and when to get out of companies invested in - the main theme running through the book is that an amateur investor can and will out perform professionals if they avoid the noise from wall street and focus on companies they understand.
the book gives great example of companies that were a "10 bagger/20 bagger" (meaning if you invested £1 you would have made £10/£20 etc.). lynch also gives example of where he missed companies/lost money as wekll - so the advice is very well rounded.
so why 4 stars? the book is well written with great examples and advice - but i question how relevant this is today when there are software packages and websites that can perform instant ratio checks, and profitability measures etc. - basically meaning that i am unsure whether lynch would have been as successful today as he was when the book was written - late 1980's. other than that, son't be put pff. this is a great book and well worth the read....
In one place he is dismissive of technical analysis, so do not expect that.
Given that this was written 20 years ago, it is remarkable that so many good principles, and bad practices, can be seen widely today.
Worth reading, even if you do not follow the Lynch approach.
The theme of the book is that everyday folk like me will be open to spotting great investment opportunities before anyone on Wall Street or the London Stock Exchange gets a whiff of it. Once you spot the opportunity on the street, Peter makes light work explaining how you evaluate the company before investing.
One example in the book is of a fireman who drove past a factory everyday, and everyday he saw jobs being advertised and improvements being made to the grounds and buildings. This told him the company must be doing well and was experiencing growth (and didn't need to be a financial whizz to work it out). Long story short he retired a millionaire thanks to a fairly small investment in this company that became a global brand.
This book explains that we all have first hand experience with products, brands and companies that could be great investment opportunities. We don't need to be in the financial world to spot them.