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All About DRIPs and DSPs [Paperback]

George Fisher
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June 6 2001 0071369937 978-0071369930 1

The numbers are astonishing: of the 45 million Americans who invest in today’s stock market, only 5 million realize they can invest commission-free through dividend reinvestment plans (DRIPs) and direct stock purchase plans (DSPs). But as more and more investors clamor to cut costs and take control of their own portfolio decisions, this number is destined to rise—dramatically!

All About DRIPs and DSPs tells investors everything they need to know about where to find direct investment opportunities, and how to profit from their affordable compounding benefits. Author George Fisher—a pioneer of more than 30 years investing in DRIPs and DSPs—discusses:

* Today’s top 100 DRIP/DSP companies
* Advice for building a personalized, diversified mutual fund
* How to use PEG (price to earnings growth ratio) to identify superior long-term opportunities


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Techniques for Building a Substantial Investment Portfolio­­For as Little as $50 a Month!

Dividend reinvestment plans (DRIPs) and direct stock purchase plans (DSPs) allow investors of any income level to invest directly in some of today's best companies­­including General Electric, Wal-Mart, Merck, and dozens of others­­without paying broker fees and commission charges. All About DRIPs and DSPs­­the latest addition to McGraw-Hill's popular "All About" series­­tells you everything you need to know to take advantage of this money-saving investment opportunity.

More than that, this dynamic, easy-to-understand book details the strategies and techniques you can use to invest in only the best stocks and bonds­­those with proven, long-term track records and exceptional outlooks for continued growth. Look here before you send another dollar to your broker or mutual fund to learn:

  • Basics of DRIP and DSP investing, including what it is, how it works, and why it is right for you
  • Resources for quickly conducting your own stock and company research
  • The Best of the Best­­16 DRIP companies with an average 10-year annual return of 20%+ and regularly increasing dividends

Professional investors know the secret to long-term growth is to keep all of your money in the market, compounding only for your benefit. All About DRIPs and DSPs shows you how to join the millions of individual investors who have discovered these remarkably simple programs­­and are using them to build substantial portfolios for themselves and their families.

About the Author

George C. Fisher is publisher of the monthly newsletter Power Investing with DRIPs. He writes weekly analysis for netstockdirect.com, and has been quoted in various media including The Chicago Tribune, The International Herald Tribune, The Washington Post, and CNBC.com.


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This book uses historical stock returns to explain how dividend reinvestments can build up a portfolio faster than with bonds, money market or even managed mutual funds. The concept of dolar cost averaging is explained and how regular monthly payments result in purchasing more shares when price is low and fewer shares when the price is high without having to think about it. The idea of long term (5 year) investing is explained and why it is more profitible then frequest shorter duration trades.

The back of the book includes stock selection possibilities based on dividend yield, increases in dividend payout and the financial strength of the companies. This part alone is worth the price of the book. Highly recommended for anyone new to the stock market.

A few companies in the book no longer exist. Gillette was taken over by P&G and Albetsons was recently bought out so stocks are no longer listed on the exchange.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Finally a Book That DRIPs With Meat! Aug. 16 2001
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Dividend reinvestment planning is the dirty little secret your broker and mutual fund salespeople don't want you to know about. Why? Because DRIPpers pay all the commissions to themselves.
To date few books about DRIPs have gone much beyond the mechanics of starting a plan and listing a number of companies that offer DRIPs. Most books describe a "one size fits all" approach to DRIPping. Yet anyone who DRIPs will tell you it is more complex than that.
All About DRIPs and DSPs breaks the mold. It could be seen as the first text book and artistic approach to dividend reinvestment planning. There is the usual material about how to begin a plan but it also begins to consider individual approaches to the process. Although individuals are responsible for choosing their own investments Mr. Fisher helps the reader develop the skills to make wise choices. He teaches an investor how to research companies through simplified analysis, looking at management and reading an annual report. He sifts these to find what is important and does it with humour. I particularly noted the sections on how to read between the lines when management speaks or how Harley Davidson has the kind of brand loyalty that causes people to tatoo the company logo to their bodies.
There are also sections on portfolio planning with DRIPs, how bonds can be DRIPped and lists of DRIP offering companies with outstanding historical performances.
DRIPs are for take charge individuals, with only small amounts of money to invest, who are tired of paying exhorbitant fees for questionable service. This book has provided me other strategies to consider than my own and broadened my approach. All About DRIPs and DSPs is for the self motivated individuals who wants to invest effectively and successfully.
This is the kind of book DRIPpers have been waiting for.
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4.0 out of 5 stars All About Drips and DSPs Aug. 5 2002
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This is a very good book about buying stocks directly from the company. In this market why pay broker fees. A bunch of drunken monkeys throwing darts at the Wall Street Journal can do just as well at picking good stock as a broker and there's no fees. This is a great nuts and bolts book on buying drips. This is a good book for the beginning investor.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Investing for Joe Average Sept. 4 2001
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This book succeeds with its target audience on so many levels. It's written in a non-pretentious manner and covers all the bases very well. Due to the nature of this type of investing anyone can pick it up and be in the stock market in no time.
How much more timely could this book be? With the gut-wrenching gyrations in the stock market right now, the prudent, dollar-cost-averaging investor's style deserves a comprehensive illustration. This book provides that.
The company capsules are an excellent bonus. You don't see anything like that in the typical investing book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The investor's friend, George Fisher Aug. 23 2001
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A very readable primer for beginner as well as experienced investor. This book is sure to give a good case of heartburn to "financial planners" and "life retirement consultants" who make their living on portfolio maintenance charges. Chapter by chapter, George Fisher uncomplicates the world of dividend reinvestment and direct stock purchase plans, and shows the reader that it's just not as hard as it seems to become one's own self-reliant investor. Section "Best Of The Best" which profiles 16 top companies is alone worth the price of the book.
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