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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster; Revised edition edition (May 25 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671891634
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671891633
  • Product Dimensions: 21.5 x 13.9 x 2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 281 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #8,511 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Gregory McMahan on July 3 2004
Format: Paperback
This book, written in 1993, simultaneously comes at the end of Mr. Lynch's career in money management and the beginning of a long sprint in the broader stock market, largely fueled by tech/internet stocks. In any period, one can expect 1 of 100 money managers to far outperform both his or her peers and the broader market by chance. Mr. Lynch was that one money manager.
Mr. Lynch starts the book by turning investing into a game. Although his method was subtle (using an example of grammar school kids picking stocks), the implications are profound. Investing does share some resemblance to many games we play in life, and one of the Great Money Masters, the fictitious 'Adam Smith' readily admits this in his classic book on investment, The Money Game.
However, Mr. Lynch takes things one step beyond the game, and as the book's title hints, he turns all investment activities into a competition. In so doing, he pits the small investor against the institutional Players, and as a result, sets up the naive reader to walk a well-trodden path littered with sorrow and the bones of many foolish investors.
Granted, 'Adam Smith' once said, "The Players aren't smarter than you. They just have more information", and there also is a certain level of truth to Lynch's assertion that the Little Guy can outperform the Big Boys. However, Lynch fails to disclose one important and critical difference.
I believe it was Hemmingway who said, in response to Fitzgerald's observation that the rich were not like the ordinary schmuck, that "Yes, I know. They have more money.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Dan E. Ross on Feb. 28 2002
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Having worked on Wall Street I think this book is great and poor at the same time.
Great because
1) It is ideal to read for the casual to serious investor.
2) Some of Lynch's prominent themes like "Buy what you know" and investigating the companies that you buy are great strategies, especially for non-professionals.
3) He walks you through his thought process on numerous stocks in several industries, highlighting mistakes as well as successes. I found his various rules of thumb with respect to each industry (retail, restaurants, cyclicals) helpful
I say it is poor because Lynch himself used to buy and sell stocks frequently. So while he says "buy and hold" he did that, but he also traded the heck out of stocks he knew inside and out. When they got expensive, he would trim his position and when something got really cheap he would buy the heck out of it. This enabled him to compound his returns by a phenomenal amount
Lynch primarily invested in retail stocks. This was great as brand names and the "homogenization" of retail concepts via chain stores was sweeping the nation with the baby boom wave. However, most of that "easy money" was made along time ago. Current baby boom themes of biotech, health care, along with some financial service industry stuff is tougher to make money at and it doesn't grow as fast as retail. Well, biotech can but it is far riskier.
Lynch never talks about debt. The U.S. economy expanded in the 80's due to 1) heavy government spending, which created a huge national debt (2) consumer spending a ton of money and going into debt and (3) the entrepreneurial spirit. The government actually funded a lot of the developments we see today. The problem with this is that they have mortgaged the future to pay for past wealth creation.
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By JPDomaine on July 4 2014
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So interesting et profitable
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Peter Lynch, the legendary money manager of Fidelity Magellan Fund, reveals many stocks he picked when he ran the fund and the thought process behind each investment. One Up on Wall Street is about the theory while Beating the Street is about the application of Peter Lynch’s investing principles.

The first half of the book talks about Peter Lynch’s career as Magellan’s manager; the second part is about his stock pick at Barron’s in 1992 and his follow up checkup after six months. He also devoted a chapter each for retail, S&L, cyclical, and utility companies. These chapters are very useful for investors who want to analyze stocks in these industries because he explains what to look for in a particular industry. The last chapter, 25 Golden Rules, summarizes his investing principles and is truly golden for every investor.

This book is easy to read and understand, fairly entertaining as it combines theory and practices together. Most books on investing are only on theory; it is nice to see how a professional applies the theories in the real world.

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By Eleanor on May 23 2004
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It's hard to find a better written book on investing that Beating the Street. Despite working in the industy for many years, Peter Lynch urges people to do it for themselves. He writes clearly giving examples of how one could do better than the Wall Street pros. This book is one of the best on investing that I have read.
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By Jordan M. on April 17 2004
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In my opinion, this book was a lot more readable than I would have expected a book about the stock market to be. The light humor (very light) kept the book interesting and there were plenty of good tips. The "20 Golden Rules" were great. Lynch obviously knows what he's doing and he proves it by giving real life examples from his own successful experience. The only setback I found was that the tips were made out to be really easy, but they sounded tough. Overall, though, I would recommend it to both beginners and pros involved in the stock market.
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