Learn to Earn: A Beginner's Guide to the Basics of Investing

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Mutual-fund superstar Peter Lynch and author John Rothchild explain the basic principles of investing and business in a primer for all listeners.

Many investors, including some with substantial portfolios, have only the sketchiest idea of how the stock market works. The reason, say Lynch and Rothchild, is that the basics of investing aren't taught in school. At a time when individuals have to make important decisions about saving for college and 401(k) retirement funds, this ...

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Overview

Mutual-fund superstar Peter Lynch and author John Rothchild explain the basic principles of investing and business in a primer for all listeners.

Many investors, including some with substantial portfolios, have only the sketchiest idea of how the stock market works. The reason, say Lynch and Rothchild, is that the basics of investing aren't taught in school. At a time when individuals have to make important decisions about saving for college and 401(k) retirement funds, this failure to provide a basic education in investing can have tragic consequences.

For those who know what to look for, investment opportunities are everywhere. The average high-school student is familiar with Nike, Reebok, McDonald's, the Gap, and the Body Shop. Nearly every teenager in America drinks Coke or Pepsi, but only a very few own shares in either company or even understand how to buy them. Every student studies American history, but few realize that our country was settled by European colonists financed by public companies in England and Holland -- and the basic principles behind public companies haven't changed in more than 300 years.

In Learn to Earn, Lynch and Rothchild explain in a style accessible to anyone how to read a stock table in the daily newspaper, how to understand a company's annual report, and why everyone should pay attention to the stock market. They explain not only how to invest, but also how to think like an investor.

In this basic introduction to investing, the bestselling author of One Up on Wall Street and Beating the Street explains in a style accessible to anyone high school age or older how to read a stock table, how to understand a company annual report, and why everyone should pay attention to the stock market. Lynch explains not only how to invest, but how to think like an investor.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780671567644
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
  • Publication date: 3/28/1996
  • Format: Cassette
  • Edition description: Abridged, 1 cassette, 1 hr. 30 min.
  • Product dimensions: 6.86 (w) x 6.76 (h) x 0.79 (d)

Meet the Author

Peter Lynch is the former manager of the Fidelity Magellan Fund and the coauthor of the bestsellers One Up on Wall Street and Beating the Street, which he wrote with John Rothchild.

Peter Lynch is the former manager of the Fidelity Magellan Fund and the coauthor of the bestsellers One Up on Wall Street and Beating the Street, which he wrote with John Rothchild.

Peter Lynch is the former manager of the Fidelity Magellan Fund and the coauthor of the bestsellers One Up on Wall Street and Beating the Street, which he wrote with John Rothchild.

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Table of Contents

Preface 9
Introduction: The Companies Around Us 13
1 A Short History of Capitalism 21
2 The Basics of Investing 92
3 The Lives of a Company 170
4 The Invisible Hands 201
Appendix 1: Stockpicking Tools 243
Appendix 2: Reading the Numbers - How to Decipher a Balance Sheet 251
Index 265
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