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Buying Stocks Without A Broker [Paperback]

Charles Carlson
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Jan. 1 1996
New edition of the bestseller that started thousands on the road to commission-free investing! It¿s been called "The investment guide Wall Street didn¿t want published," and it ignited the commission-free investment revolution! With Buying Stocks Without a Broker, Second Edition, Charles B. Carlson, CFA, thoroughly updates his unique guide to dividend reinvestment plans. Better known as DRIPs, these investor-friendly programs give you a safe method for buying stocks directly from issuing companies ¿ often with a discount and always without paying commission fees to brokers. If you want to own stock but resent paying commisions, you¿ll get the best of both worlds with this edition¿s... *Directory of 1000 DRIPs ¿ with brand-new, enticing DRIP opportunities *Thumbs-up/thumbs-down ¿at-a-glance¿ ratings of every DRIP on the market *New corporate profiles and performance ratings *New model portfolios using DRIPs *Charles Carlson¿s favorite DRIP picks

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It's probably the last remaining break for the small investor in the stock market--but don't expect to hear about it from your broker. Though it seems too good to be true, there is a way to purchase stocks, in many cases at a discount to prevailing market prices, without paying brokerage commissions. You can bypass the broker's bite when buying stocks by using corporate dividend reinvestment plans (DRIPs). Buying Stocks Without a Broker is the most comprehensive guide available for investing through DRIPs.

The book contains a directory of some 900 DRIPs, complete with names, addresses, phone numbers, DRIP specifics, and updated performance ratings. The brand-new Second Edition also features a new "DRIP rating" that evaluates the attractiveness of each DRIP plan. Buying Stocks Without a Broker also contains model portfolios using DRIPs, including a "starter portfolio" that requires an initial investment of just $500. The Second Edition features a new chapter on emerging trends in the DRIP world. The Second Edition of Buying Stocks Without a Broker is more comprehensive and up-to-date than any other book of its type--and is far less costly as well. -- The Motley Fool

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3.0 out of 5 stars Helpful, But in Need of Updating Jan. 8 2004
I first purchased this book years ago, and I have to admit at the time it was a revelation. I was trying to buy stocks and usually failed to do so simply because I did not want to pay broker fees and I was rarely in a position to buy 100 shares at a time (if you bought less, the stock price and the broker fee both usually went up). Back then, the book was a great aid. I still own a stock list in the book that I purchased thanks to this book.
But in many ways, this book has lost a lot of relevance. Now one can go online and purchase stocks in any amount with fees of as little as $3.00. And the fact that the book has not been updated since 1996 weighs heavily against recommending it be purchased by anyone today. Perhaps Carlson has not bothered to further update because of the ease with which stocks may eb purchased on-line.
Still, for someone who is a long term investor, it provides some choices as far as investing without involving a broker. And it is definitely an option if you have no desire to use the internet to make stock purchases. Just be aware that your options are limited; most companies do not offer direct purchase of their stock or Dividend Reinvestment Plans (DRIPs) to the public at large.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Helpful for the novice investor March 26 2001
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This book was written before the likes of Ameritrade and E-Trade came along, and therefore is rather dated. The fees associated with most plans today and their minimum investments make DRIPs less attractive today then they were five years ago. However, for those who want to buy stock in companies and hold for ten or 20 years, they are worthwhile. Carlson writes in easy-to-understand language that a person not well-versed in Wall Street can grasp. Plenty of information on the company's listed along with telephone numbers and websites. Different kinds of portfloios are profiled so the investor can see what they can do with whatever funds they have to invest. The pros and cons of this kind of investing are listed so a person can decide if it is for them. It is a worthwhile read.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed Jan. 25 2001
I bought the book hoping to learn a few more things about DRIP investing, and did not learn a thing! I am sure that the book was good when it was written (especially the first edition), but there is simply TOO much free information available today.
I gave the book a sympathetic 2 stars because Carlson is (or was) the DRIP guru.
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This book explains, in detail, the biggest investment secret on Wall Street- Dividend Reinvestment plans. Imagine- buying stocks without brokerage fees! This book tells you how- exactally how. Buying Stocks Without a Broker is a must for every small investor's library. This book can help you get into the stock market with a MIMIMUM of capital, as it describes companys, like IBM, with investment requirments as small as $10.00 per investment. A warning though; as some company's programs change, information in this book becomes inaccurate. Always first check with the company of interest as phone numbers and contacts are included in the book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent resource book for the small investor May 17 1996
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This book is an essential resource for anyone who wants to manage his own stock investments in America's best-known companies. All the difficult-to-get information like 800 numbers, addresses, stock symbols, minimum investment amounts, etc, etc is provided in an easy-to-read format along with model portfolios for the beginner and the more experienced investor. A "must read" for anyone who wants to partake in the growth of this country for lttle or no brokerage costs
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5.0 out of 5 stars Truly a walk in the park. Sept. 19 1998
This book did it all, I learned more about stocks and purchases from this one book than any other. The information in this book takes you from the first step all the way to purchases. This book is the credit for my recent stock portfolio. And for that I Thank the author for a job very well done. I am an inexperienced investor who needed a mentor and teacher, this book/author filled that need. Outstanding, I read it cover to cover several times.
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