Getting Started in Fundamental Analysis

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If you've picked up this book, you probably recognize the value of fundamental analysis, but aren't sure you can master it. With Getting Started in Fundamental Analysis as your guide, you'll quickly become familiar with the key concepts and learn how to put them into action in the real world.

You'll gain important insights that can help you manage risk and make more informed investment decisions and learn from relevant illustrations, examples, and definitions. Written in a ...

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Overview

If you've picked up this book, you probably recognize the value of fundamental analysis, but aren't sure you can master it. With Getting Started in Fundamental Analysis as your guide, you'll quickly become familiar with the key concepts and learn how to put them into action in the real world.

You'll gain important insights that can help you manage risk and make more informed investment decisions and learn from relevant illustrations, examples, and definitions. Written in a non-technical format that's easy to follow, Getting Started in Fundamental Analysis provides valuable coverage of:

  • the audited statement.
  • finding financial information online.
  • the process of confirmation.
  • balance sheet and income statement ratios.
  • the P/E ratio and how to use it.
  • how the combination of fundamental analysis with technical methods creates a powerful strategy.

More than an introduction to fundamental analysis, this book will help you use analytical tools in identifying risk levels, making valid and reliable comparisons, and picking stocks for your portfolio so you develop a successful and profitable investment program.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471754466
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 4/21/2006
  • Series: Getting Started In Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 232
  • Sales rank: 400,359
  • Product dimensions: 6.08 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael C. Thomsett is a financial writer who has written more than sixty books on investing, real estate, business, and management topics. He is the author of several Wiley books, including Getting Started in Rental Income, J.K. Lasser's Real Estate Investing, and six editions of the bestselling Getting Started in Options. Prior to his writing career, Thomsett was a professional accountant and systems consultant.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: How Fundamental are the Fundamentals?

Chapter 1. Financial Statements and What They Reveal.

Chapter 2. Basic Stock Market Theories.

Chapter 3. The Audited Statement – Flawed but Useful.

Chapter 4. Finding Financial Information Online: Step-by-Step Explanations.

Chapter 5. How Accurate Are the Numbers?

Chapter 6. Confirmation: The Trend of the Trends.

Chapter 7. Balance Sheet Ratios: Making the Analysis.

Chapter 8. Income Statement Ratios: Tracking the Profits.

Chapter 9. The Popular P/E Ratio and How to Use It.

Chapter 10. Using Fundamental—and Technical—Analysis Together.

Chapter 11. Indicators That Go Beyond the Statements. 

Glossary.

Notes.

Index.

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    Great for learning about company fundamentals, but not blindly buying on them.

    Having conducted my own study into the effectiveness of fundamental analysis vs. technical analysis (see "Stock Fundamentals On Trial: Do Dividend Yield, P/E and PEG Really Work?") I am somewhat sceptical of books that blindly advocate picking stocks based on (apparently) sound fundamentals.<BR/><BR/>This book isn't one of them. It is, of course, a well-written easy-to-read guide to understanding company balance sheets and financial ratios; but it does also acknowledge the possible use of company fundamentals to confirm a technical price trend (and vice versa). It contains an interesting chapter on applying moving averages to financial ratios and other company data, whereas most stock market books discuss moving averages only in the context of the share price itself.<BR/><BR/>If you want to understand company fundamentals... buy this book! Just keep in mind that analysts' forecast fundamentals can be wrong, sometimes spectacularly; and that while sound fundamentals might offer good reasons to buy in to a stock, adverse price action (a technical indicator) might be an equally valid reason for getting out.

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