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"One of a seven-volume set intended to promote economic literacy amongst a general readership; this work presents an overview of the history and basic operations of the stock market. Hafer and Hein present chapters describing the development of the US stock market, discussing the role of stocks in the modern economy, examining different types of stock trades and instruments, introducing the topic of regulation, and surveying some foreign stock market developments."
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"This succinct book is an excellent reference or introduction to the stock markets. Hafer and Hein use clear, precise writing to explain such fundamentals as the difference between initial public offerings (IPOs) and secondary markets, the trade-off between risk and return, the difference between dividends and capital gains, and the importance of diversification. The authors also cover basic investment strategies such as large cap versus small cap and growth versus value, the importance of expectations, and the efficiency of financial markets. One chapter presents a history of the US stock market from 1792 through the present, and another is devoted to foreign stock markets. Hafer and Hein even include brief explanations of derivatives, exchange traded funds, and hedge funds. Readers who know little, if anything, about stock markets will find this concise book a valuable introduction and overview. Highly recommended. Any basic collection on investments and the stock market."