Dunnan's Guide to Your Investment$ 2000; The Year-Round Investment SourceBook for Managing Your Personal Finances

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A reliable resource for almost fifty years, Dunnan's Guide to Your Investment$ (previously released as the Dun & Bradstreet Guide to $Your Investments$) remains as valuable as ever—for both the novice investor and the financial pro.


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A reliable resource for almost fifty years, Dunnan's Guide to Your Investment$ (previously released as the Dun & Bradstreet Guide to $Your Investments$) remains as valuable as ever—for both the novice investor and the financial pro.

Special Features for 2000

  • Bulletproofing your portfolio for the long haul
  • The seven best stocks & mutual funds for the year 2000
  • Hot new collectibles for the new century
  • Your foolproof personal pullout financial calendar
  • Wise financial moves for life's changes
  • Effectively managing your debt
  • Best sites for online investing
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This straightforward, educational guide has been updated and republished every year since the mid-'50s because it's good.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062736918
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 12/8/1999
  • Series: Dunnan's Guide to Your Investments Series
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Pages: 464
  • Product dimensions: 7.37 (w) x 9.12 (h) x 0.89 (d)

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Part One

Getting Started Investing

"I've been rich and I've been poor, and believe me, rich is better." -- Sophie Tucker

Dunnan's Thoughts on the Year 2000

You, too, can start on the road to riches or increase the riches you already have during 2000 by heeding the suggestions and advice in this year's edition of Dunnan's Guide to Your Investment$® 2000. It doesn't matter whether you have $5,000, $50,000, or $550,000. At all three levels and those in between, there are many investment choices--so many, in fact, you may have difficulty deciding where to put your money.

That is what this section, Part One, will help you sort out. It will simplify what can otherwise be a tough decision-making process. Gathering and understanding the information needed to make those decisions is your first step in building up your riches and becoming at ease in the world of finances.

If you are a Beginning Investor:

Please start by reading all of Part One, Getting Started Investing. Here you will find information on basic, time-tested choices, as well as on:

  • How to pick a money market fund

  • How to get the best deal at your bank

  • The advantages of a credit union

  • When to move into mutual funds, and which ones to choose

  • How to protect and insure your money

If you are a Seasoned Investor:

You should begin by reading Chapter 1, which contains new and timely advice on special investments for 2000. Then move on to the Investor's Almanac where we discuss this year'shot collectibles, and Part Two to size up the risks and rewards of more sophisticated investments.

Dunnan's nine rules for Improving Your Financial Life

1. Be heads up. Take time to learn how to handle your money. You know perfectly well that the stock market goes up and down, that interest rates change, that unemployment and generally hard times are unfortunately part of our lives. So be smart: Don't passively put your financial matters in the hands of your spouse or your parents, a stockbroker or financial planner, or even the corporation you work for. To do so, I warn you, is childlike and courting disaster.

If you choose to remain uninvolved or ignorant about the stock market, the direction of the economy, and the workings of the financial world, I guarantee one thing: It will cost you money.

2. Be informed. The two best defenses you have against trouble are relatively simple: The first is information, and the second is diversification. After taking time to learn how the economy, individual companies, the banks, interest rates, the dollar, and inflation affect your investments, you may still lose money some of the time, but you will win far more often--if you are both diversified and informed.

Begin by reading at least one intelligent financial publication each week. Select one that matches your level of sophistication. Carry it with you (See: the box above). Watch the market news on CNN, CNN-FN, CNBC, or PBS television, or listen to broadcasts on public radio. Know what's happening, in this country and abroad.

3. Be diversified among types of investments and risk levels. Check your holdings against the Investment Pyramid on page 14. Make certain you have dollars invested in several different levels of the pyramid.

4. Don't be tempted by those special "hot opportunities" until you've developed a balanced portfolio. Stay away from futures, commodities, unknown issues, and other complicated investments. These are dominated by the professionals, who have more skill, knowledge, and money than most individuals--and even they get hurt.

5. Don't follow the crowd. This is more often than not a mistake. Keep in mind that every major market advance has begun when pessimism was loudest and prices lowest.

6. Don't dash in and out of the market. That's simply asking to have your profits eaten up by commissions.

7. Don't be in a hurry to invest your money. If you miss one opportunity, there will be another one just as good and perhaps even better coming along tomorrow or the next day.

8. Don't fall in love with your investments. If you do, you'll never sell and take your profits. And you'll never sell to cut losses.

9. Don't be greedy. Keep in mind that most investments eventually become overpriced, and no tree ever grows to the sky.

Listening to the Pros

Often it's easier to remember short, savvy soundbites than it is to read pages and pages of intensely detailed economic stuff from Wall Street. You won't go wrong if you follow these words of wisdom:

  • Einstein: The great Albert once noted that "compound interest was the greatest idea ever conceived by the mind of man." I think his own theory of relativity runs a close second. The investment strategist for Liberty Financial Companies, Porter Morgan, made even greater sense of out Einstein's point in his essay "Three Ways to Become a Millionaire." Morgan calculated that if, when Christopher Columbus got off the boat in the New World, he'd invested just $1 in a savings account paying 5%, that account today would be worth over $47 billion. Of course, this was over the course of 500 years . . . but you get the point.

  • Rockefeller: John Kenneth Galbraith, in his book The Great Crash, reminds us that John D. Rockefeller told the press after the crash of October 29, 1929, "Believing that fundamental conditions of the country are sound, my son and I have for some days been purchasing sound common stocks." To this Eddie Cantor replied, "Sure, who else had any money left?"

  • Mark Twain: After reading the Dunnan's Guide to Your Investment$® and becoming an informed investor, you, too, will be able to decide whether you wish to follow Rockefeller's notion or side with Mark Twain, who said, "October. This is one of the peculiarly dangerous months to speculate in stocks. The others are July, January, September, April, November, May, March, June, December, August, and February."

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2002

    Great For Beginners

    Nancy Dunnan covers all aspects of investing in short and long term periods. This book directs readers to other great resources. For my first financial book, i was impressed how easy the information was explained.

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