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A Fool and His Money: The Odyssey of an Average Investor

A Fool and His Money: The Odyssey of an Average Investor

by John Rothchild
A Fool and His Money: The Odyssey of an Average Investor

A Fool and His Money: The Odyssey of an Average Investor

by John Rothchild


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"There is one thing that can be said about A Fool and His Moneythat cannot be said about any other colume of investment advice:You will never make a penny from the information in this book. Nowork on the subject of personal finance has even tried to make thisclaim before. That is because works on the subject of personalfinance are all lying. John Rothchild is the only fully honestauthor in the genre."—from the Foreword by P. J. O'Rourke.

A veritable gold mine of comic insight into the predicament of anaverage investor's avid pursuit of wealth, A Fool and His Money isJohn Rothchild's critically acclaimed personal account of a yeardevoted to investing his money in the markets. The entireinvestment world—its characters, institutions, customs, andmyths-passes under Rothchild's sharp and profoundly humorousscrutiny.

Acclaim for A Fool and His Money

"What makes this book so good is that Rothchild can explain thingslike naked puts . . . and leave the reader both edified andlaughing. . . . Witty, fast-paced, and educational."—TheWashington Post.

"You'll relish John Rothchild's comic tale. . . . The book nearsguaranteed delight."—Newsday.

"A Fool and His Money may be the funniest book about investing everwritten. It's a reader's capital gain."—New York Post.

You set aside some money, quit your job, devote yourself entirelyto studying the markets, and start to invest. Then, through hardwork and your own magical intuition, you become so wealthy yourmajor concern is finding a fashionable hobby to soak up yourabundant leisure time. All in about a year.

Now, thanks to this hugely entertaining and informative book, youcan live out the fantasy without risking your money, your job—oryour sanity.

Since its acclaimed debut a decade ago, A Fool and His Money hasbecome a treasured investment classic. It's the comic, firsthandaccount of a first-time investor who sets out to make his wildestmoney dreams come true.

In a surge of optimism and enterprise, financial writer JohnRothchild drops everything to devote an entire year to learning howto invest a modest sum of money. Motivated by a sincere desire toget rich, he undertakes his mission by systematically studying asmuch as he can about the markets and how they really operate. Hefearlessly asks the most basic questions, observes theprofessionals at work, studies the newsletters, makes investments,and reports back on everything—including his own highly personaland often hilarious reactions.

With Rothchild as your guide through the marketplace, you will:
* Eavesdrop as his broker explains in fluent double-talk why heshould buy a certain "hot stock"
* Share in his buyer's remorse as Rothchild purchases an unknowntechnology company stock that puts him on an emotional rollercoaster
* Be humbled as he enters the almighty Federal Reserve Bank andstruggles to understand its omnipotent power over his personalfinances
* Witness the excitement and confusion of the Commodities Exchangeand find out what pork bellies really are
* Hear firsthand the enigmatic and undoubtedly wise words ofvarious wizards of Wall Street
* Sympathize with Rothchild as he explains his transactions to hisloved ones
* Blush as he shamelessly attempts to deceive them.

In a gesture of pure magnanimity, Rothchild also includes thehard-won bits of wisdom he calls his "25 Useful Tips"—whichinclude such sage advice as "Never buy anything from a broker at anairport"—and his handy "Fool's Glossary," which clarifies many ofthe technical terms used in the book.

Clever, funny, and informative, A Fool and His Money will rewardinvestors at all levels of experience with a revelation on everypage.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780471251385
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 03/30/1998
Series: Wiley Investment Classics , #19
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 5.51(w) x 8.44(h) x 0.72(d)

About the Author

JOHN ROTHCHILD is the author of several bestselling business books with Peter Lynch, including One Up on Wall Street, Beating the Street, Going for Broke, and Learn to Earn. A former editor of the Washington Monthly, he has written for Harper's, Rolling Stone, Esquire, and many other periodicals. He has appeared on The Nightly Business Report, the Today Show, and CNBC.

Table of Contents

My Expert Credentials.

Wanting to Be Rich.

Money in the Bank.

The Financial Checkup.

The Lessons of History.

Some Practical Advice.

Shopping for the Broker.

Buyer's Remorse and Other Side Effects.

How the Experts Pick Their Stocks.

A Fool at the Stock Exchange.

On the Floor.

My Second Investment.

What the Fed Was Going to Do.

Going Over-the-Counter.

Seeing the Analyst.

A Walk on the Buy Side.

Among the Billion-Dollar Brains.

On Becoming a Stockbroker.

Selling Myself Short.

Reflections on My Progress to Date.

On to Chicago.

Opening a Commodities Account.

My Killing in Commodities.

My Doubts About Futures.

My Ethical Dilemma.

A Bout with Loews.

A Household Correction.

In Search of a Forecast.

My Inside Information.

A Street Gone Mad.


A Fool's Glossary.

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