The Neatest Little Guide to Stock Market Investing

Submitted by Book Library on 12 March, 2010 - 23:01

The essential stock market guide updated with timely strategies for investing after the crash Now in its fourth edition, Jason Kelly's The Neatest Little Guide to Stock Market Investing has established itself as a clear, concise, and highly effective guide for investing in stocks. This comprehensively updated edition contains tried-and-true investment principles to teach investors how to create and refine a profitable investment program. New strategies and content include:

  • Basic tips on when to invest and how to reduce the amount of risk in this turbulent market
  • A new core portfolio technique that shows readers a way to achieve 3 percent quarterly performance with the IJR exchange-traded fund
  • An exclusive interview with legendary Legg Mason investment counselor, Bill Miller, including his thoughts on the financial crash of 2008 Accessible

The Neatest Little Guide to Stock Market Investing to Stock Market Investing is what every investor needs to keep pace in the current market.

Positive Review of Book

If you've never read a book about investing in the stock market, this is a great book to start with. Having read many of the authors that Jason cites, I found his distillation of their concepts in The Neatest Little Guide to Stock Market Investing, quite good. Jason first teaches one how to evaluate stocks, and then what the Master Investors (e.g., Buffett, Fisher) can teach us about investing and stock selection. Jason also focuses on a book entitled "What Works on Wall Street." This book by James O'Shaughessy revolves around his study of 43 years of results from 1952-1995 contained in Standard & Poor's Compustat database. Jason's book ends with chapters to help you set up your own core portfolio utilizing the methodology he has set forth. Bottom line: if you're looking for a thorough discussion of the Capital Asset Pricing Model or the Equity Premium, then I would look at more academic texts, but if you want a clear, user-friendly, well-researched discussion of the stock market, I would buy this book. The average 5 star review from 25 people (as of this review) is substantial evidence to this book's value.

Negative Review of Book

For a person with no background in the stock market this book provides good novice explainations. However, the latter chapters are riddled with the authors self promotion, and recommendation of several ETFs rather than individual stocks. The MidCap ETFs spoken so highly of in the book with great returns (charts included) did not perform anywhere near as good as stated. In fact the the two ETFs the book champions would have earned a mere 4% over the last 5 years. You can get better performance from a bank savings account.

Author Biography

I'm the author of 'The Neatest Little Guide' series of financial books, and the novel Y2K. It's Already Too Late. I'm lucky to have grown up in beautiful Estes Park, Colorado, the gateway to Rocky Mtn. National Park. I graduated in 1993 from the University of Colorado at Boulder with a BA in English.

I then worked at the IBM Silicon Valley Laboratory in San Jose, CA before becoming a full-time freelance writer. I currently live in Sano, Japan, northwest of Tokyo and stay in touch with my agents, editors, and readers via email.

Table of Contents

  1. Learn Why Stocks Are Good Investments
  2. Learn How to Evaluate Stocks
  3. Learn How the Masters Tell Us to Invest
  4. Understand How History Tells Us to Invest
  5. Understand the Dow Dividend Strategies
  6. Know Why You're Investing
  7. Choose a Broker and Get Money to the Broker
  8. Research Your Stocks
  9. Buy Your Stocks
  10. Sell Your Stocks

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