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Investing Basics: ESSENTIAL FINANCE

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Make smart decisions without being an expert.

Learning to invest intelligently can be easier than you think. Building a solid foundation of key investing concepts shouldn't take hours of reading. In Investing Basics, the information is organized into short, clear explanations to help you make sense of the crucial details. This book explains the most important concepts, breaks them down into manageable parts, and provides the insights and tools to use your money to its fullest ...

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Overview

Make smart decisions without being an expert.

Learning to invest intelligently can be easier than you think. Building a solid foundation of key investing concepts shouldn't take hours of reading. In Investing Basics, the information is organized into short, clear explanations to help you make sense of the crucial details. This book explains the most important concepts, breaks them down into manageable parts, and provides the insights and tools to use your money to its fullest potential while managing the risks. Smart tips help you avoid the pitfalls and take advantage of the opportunities.

Taking a clear, concise approach to money management, the Dorling Kindersley Essential Finance Series provides a practical and impartial resource to guide you through important financial decisions. Useful questionnaires pinpoint one's financial status while easy-to-use charts and graphs help track cash flow. Cut through the complexities of financial lingo and gain the confidence needed to build real financial security. Learn to live debt free, invest in the stock market, pay for a child's education, or plan for retirement. Filled with practical advice on all aspects of money management, this series offers an excellent foundation for building a personal finance library.

Author Biography: Marc Robinson is co-founder of moneytours.com, a personal finance resource for corporations, universities, credit unions, and other institutions interested in helping their constituents make intelligent decisions about their financial lives. He wrote the original The Wall Street Journal Guide to Understanding Money and Markets, created The Wall Street Journal Guide to Understanding Personal Finance, co-published a personal finance series with Time Life Books, and wrote a children's book about onomatopoeia in different languages. In his two decades in the financial services industry, Marc has provided marketing consulting to many top Wall Street firms. He is admitted to practice law in New York State.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780789463159
  • Publisher: DK Publishing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/28/2000
  • Series: DK Essential Finance Series
  • Edition description: 1 AMER ED
  • Pages: 72
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 0.27 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 4
You Control Your Money
What to Do with It 6
Some Basic Principles 8
Preparing Yourself for Wealth 10
Basic Investing Strategies
Three Universal Steps 12
Three Main Strategies 14
The Two Simplest Ways to Grow Money 16
Finding a Match 18
Investment Choices
Cash and Cash Equivalents 20
Lending Money: Bonds 22
Types of Bonds 24
Owning Businesses: Stocks 26
Types of Stocks 28
Mutual Funds 30
Variable Annuities 32
Basic Risks of Investing
Understanding Risk 34
Shortfall Risk 36
Inflation Risk 38
Market Risk 40
Interest Rate Risk 42
Credit Risk 44
Ways to Manage Risk
The Role of Time 46
Fine-Tune Control 48
Diversification 50
Dollar Cost Averaging 52
Rebalancing Assets 54
Understanding Performance
What You Earn 56
Costs of Investing 58
Comparing Performance 60
The Effect of Taxes 62
Starting Out with Confidence
The Players 64
Who Protects You? 66
Reading a Statement 68
Index 70
Acknowledgments 72
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2003

    Very Informative and simple

    I found this book to be very simple to pick up and read. Does a fantastic job of detailing to basics of investing your money.

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