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on 4 March 2015
This book gave me the skills and knowledge I needed to begin picking my own passive investment products. If you're a UK based person looking to get into investing, this is a great book. If you're not, it still tells you the fundamental principles of how to invest wisely, and how to avoid speculation and gambling. It is rigorous, with claims backed up with financial and economic research. Go ahead and get it!
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on 3 February 2018
A great book on the benefits of what is known as investing by passive rather than active means (I.e. Investing without fewer costs, and less dependence on whomever manages your investment). The author tells that most know little of this method of investing, and he also makes an evidence based case for why you should go about this route; he truly seems to have the reader's best interests in mind, when the same might can't be said for others where their conflicts of interest intervene (certain financial advisors, active fund managers, etc).

My only criticism would be that although the book is often peddled as the first one to pick up for a fledging investor, it does assume *some, not a lot of, prior reading on the subject. Be mindful you may have to ask Google here and there if you consider yourself a layperson.
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on 7 April 2017
Gave me the confidence I needed to move my pension money away from expensive, actively managed funds into better value passive funds. Worth the time to read to get a good grounding in the world of investment and to help you realise that it doesn't need to be complicated.
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on 25 September 2017
It took me ages to find a book on investing purely based on the UK market. Most books are based on the US market and while they can still provide some insight I was looking for something more specifically focussing on the UK. Hale gives great insights into investing and helped me understand investing much better. I feel much more confident now that I have read the book.
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on 12 February 2017
I have just started to take my finances seriously and after managing to accrue some money in both savings accounts and old company pensions, decided to to educate myself as to the world of investing as I seek to consolidate. The book contains good advice based mainly around the fact that it's hard to consistently beat the market and that settling for market returns via low cost index funds is the way forward. The book looks at the investing mindset and puts a strong case forward using real data and analysis. This book will make a sound choice for those seeking to learn about the world of investing.
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on 3 August 2017
The first half (or so) of the book is worth reading as an argument to invest in tracker funds, something I have done myself, rather than follow actively managed funds by the myriad of firms out there. Unfortunately the author starts to create various models which become somewhat academic and far from a basic down to earth set of recommendations to follow. So essentially it helps support the idea of the benefits to tracker funds but, in my view, stops short of providing a template to follow.
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on 30 October 2010
Smarter investing means getting in the market, and holding on. Avoid managed funds, market timing, stock picking, all the noise made by the financial services industry (which is after all best at servicing itself). But it's easy to say 'get in the market and hang on', what makes this a great book is that through analysis and argument, Tim Hale helps you to understand with sufficient depth, why this is the right strategy. You'll need this when your financial advisors are telling you otherwise, or when your shares suffer a dip in price. e.g. most passive funds outperform active managers. Picking a good active manager from past data is very hard (having a couple of good years does not tell you much). Anyhow, get it & read it if you have money that needs investing. Especially if you are inclined to stick your head in the sand - it's not that hard to make a few smart choices now that will most likely have a positive impact on your long term net worth.
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on 19 July 2017
Superb book. Debunks much of supposed received wisdom of the professionals and sets out with crystal clarity to inform and explain. So wonderful at last to have a book aimed at the UK as opposed to US investor. Thank you Tim!
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on 27 February 2016
Great read and some very interesting tactics, a must read for any investor, new or old! Tim has a great way of speaking in a language that is easy to understand. Tim writes in a very clear and concise way that is easy to take in and process. Would recommend to any investor, it will pay for itself!
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on 20 November 2017
Gives a great overview of the markets for a total newbie. Defo takes some time to understand but no longer feel clueless about the markets!
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