How the Stock Market Works: A Beginner's Guide to Investment

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Now more than ever, people are being affected by the fluctuations in the global economy and by financial uncertainty – with major impacts on their savings, portfolios and pensions. Fully updated for this fifth edition, How the Stock Market Works tells investors what is being traded and how, who does what with whom, and how to evaluate a particular share or bond in light of rival claims from critics and admirers.

Although using the British stock market as an example throughout, ...

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Overview

Now more than ever, people are being affected by the fluctuations in the global economy and by financial uncertainty – with major impacts on their savings, portfolios and pensions. Fully updated for this fifth edition, How the Stock Market Works tells investors what is being traded and how, who does what with whom, and how to evaluate a particular share or bond in light of rival claims from critics and admirers.

Although using the British stock market as an example throughout, and a short chapter on British taxation, the book covers the fundamentals of what stocks are, how they are traded and how stock markets work.   Covering the practical consequences of being a shareholder, the book is a useful reference for those new to investing.

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"[A] fine pick for business and personal finance collections." --Midwest Book Review

"This book cuts through the institutions' mystique with basic information for the amateur... covers all the important issues and takes a sceptical swipe at the pretentious jargon employed by the so-called experts." --Industry

"Updated fourth edition provides information on how the investment industry works and how to invest successfully." --Journal of Economic Literature

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780749464028
  • Publisher: Kogan Page, Ltd
  • Publication date: 2/28/2012
  • Edition description: Fourth Edition
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 184
  • Sales rank: 641,916
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author


Michael Becket is a much-respected financial journalist who has been the UK's Daily Telegraph's small business editor for the past 10 years.
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Table of Contents

1. What and why are shares?
Quoted shares 
Returns
Stock markets

2. What are bonds and gilts?
Bonds
Preference shares
Convertibles
Gilts

3. The complicated world of derivatives
Pooled investments
Other derivatives

4. Foreign shares

5. How to pick a share
Strategy
The economy
Picking shares

6. Tricks of the professionals
Fundamental analysis
Technical analysis

7. Where to find advice and information
Advice
Information
Indices
Online
Company accounts
Using the accounts
Other information from companies
Other sources
Complaints

8. What does it take to deal it shares?
Investment clubs
Costs

9. How to trade in shares
How to buy and sell shares
Using intermediaries
Trading
Stock markets
Other markets

10. When to deal in shares
Charts
Technical tools
Sentiment indicators
Other indicators
Selling

11. Consequences of being a shareholder
Information 
Annual general meeting
Extraordinary general meeting
Consultation
Dividends
Scrip issues
Rights issues
Nominee accounts
Regulated markets
Codes of conduct
Takeovers
Insolvency

12. Tax
Dividends
Capital profits
Employee share schemes
Tax incentives to risk
ISAs
Tax rates

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