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How to Make Money in Stocks : A Winning System in Good Times or Bad [Paperback]

William J. O'Neil
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Whether you have $500 or $500,000 to invest. William O'Neil's proven Canslim system can help you multiply your money and protect your financial future.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Complete Strategy Aug. 26 2002
Format:Paperback
Great book to either start your stock analysis or finish any half baked theories you may have. Make no mistake, the text is VERY CONDENSED from an experienced professional. Thus, if you have patience, read it several times after experimenting with the method. The CANSLIM strategy is very obivious and easy to understand system. It has been around since 1988, so be very careful in application--the signals it generates can easily be predicted and countered by other professionals. However, if you understand the markets, the fundamental factors that make a stock attractive are timeless and universal, so even if MM fade the stock at your buy point, strict stop loss and a review of your entry should correct your mistakes as you become more experienced with the method. This book and others claim a 30-40% success selection rate coupled with proper money management can make you significant MONEY. I concur, but your experience with the method may vary. If you find the method did not work for you, either do a post mortem to see which CANSLIM factor you missed, or drop the method.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Step back and think... Aug. 14 2002
Format:Paperback
before you leap to O'Niel's methods. The fewer books that you have read about making money in the stock market, the less critical you will be of O'Niel's ideas. I've only read a dozen or so, but it's been enough to raise some significant cautionary issues.
First, I'm not convinced that people can actually see the classic patterns in charts that O'Niel and other chartists claim are evident. Recognition of patterns _in_retrospect_ is meaningless; if there's a reliable quantitative method to recognize patterns while they evolve, I expect that the owner of this technology would keep the method to themselves as long as possible. Advantages that the chartists claim would tend to lose their power as they become widely known, but only if they really work. If they don't work, there's no reason not to publish the methods widely.
A lot of this book shows readers how to use the information in IBD, O'Niel's daily newspaper.
Despite my reservations, this book contains lots of interesting and useful ideas. It's up to the reader to weigh the many sources of information and interpretations of meaning in this book. The book is no substitute for the reader's new ideas and the successful mixing and interpretation of the ideas in this and other books. Eventual synthesis of a winning strategy still requires aptitude, hard work, and experience - despite this book's title claim.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Practical, theoretical, and tactical advice May 13 2002
Format:Paperback
This book is a must-read for investors. I've long been a subscriber to Investor's Business Daily - a publication of William J. O'Neil. This book is perfect if you want to learn not only a great stock trading system, but also want deeper knowledge of the market. The system proposed in my view is the best possible, because it is a highly selective system whereby only the companies with the best fundamentals are considered, and after that very specific technical criteria must be met before purchasing a stock. This system is very time consuming, but you learn a lot in the process. Besides, Inverstor's Business Daily hands you a list of stocks everyday that match the criteria - saving a lot of work.
This is not about getting rich quickly - it's about investing in the most profitable companies on the market, and deciding when to sell and buy. I don't know why more investors are following this method. Even if you don't want to use the CAN/SLIM system you'll still gain a lot of knowledge from reading this book. My suggestion is to subscribe to the paper for a while, and you'll probably get the book for free.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Somewhat idealistic, but lots of good tools March 23 2002
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I read this book about 10 years ago and generally gained a greater appreciation for buying healthy stocks. Make no mistake - this is a momentum strategy. But O'Neil has created a very specific formula and process for his style of momentum investing. I also learned a lot about technical analysis and some of the other elements that affect stock movements (sentiment, market psychology, etc.). And O'Neil spends a good deal of time telling you how to sell a stock, whether at a profit or a loss. I think this is perhaps the hardest part of investing, but after reading this book, you should have no excuse for letting a huge gain slip away or digging a huge hole for yourself. Above all, the book provides dozens of examples to support many of the techniques advocated in the book. One gripe I have is that when it comes to finding certain patterns in charts (head and shoulders, cup with handle, etc.), beauty can be in the eye of the investor - I wasn't always comfortable with what qualified as an acceptable pattern, and, of course, these "iffy" charts all demonstrate money-making stocks AFTER the fact. I also believe that there are other investment approaches that can yield good results, especially in a trending market like we have found ourselves in more recently. But on the whole, this book provides a wealth of information in a concise, well-supported manner. It definitely belongs in your investment library. A bonus is that the newspaper O'Neil founded, Investor's Business Daily, can provide an ongoing educational follow up to the book, so the approach you learn in the book will never become outdated. I read it regularly.
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3.0 out of 5 stars If his system is so successful...
...then why is he telling you about it in this book, and not out there making money in the markets? Questions aside, O'Neil outlines the system he uses to select stocks in a very... Read more
Published on July 16 2002 by c4ligul4
3.0 out of 5 stars Good intro to stock investing..but
The author has been highly successful in investing. But that does not mean this small book contains the entire wisdom of Mr O'Neil. Read more
Published on March 29 2002 by Yogi Bear
3.0 out of 5 stars Same OLD,Same OLD
The book is a good beginners book to the market. O'Neil has some strong ideas, but they are very general when it comes to explanation. Read more
Published on Feb. 25 2002
4.0 out of 5 stars This book is a must own, but...
The great George Bernard Shaw once wrote: "He who can, does. He who can't, teaches!".
Now Mr O'Neil can. Read more
Published on Jan. 28 2002 by G. Shkodra
4.0 out of 5 stars This book is a must own, but...
The great George Bernard Shaw once wrote: "He who can, does. He who can't, teaches!".
Now Mr O'Neil can. Read more
Published on Jan. 28 2002 by G. Shkodra
3.0 out of 5 stars Lost money following the patterns
This book covers the fundamental analysis, but I found that the stock patterns(cup, cup with handles, double bottoms) described in this book is very difficult to understand. Read more
Published on Jan. 28 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book!
You must buy this book if you are going to invest in stocks. I wished I would have read this book 3 years ago. I can't believe Mr. Oneil is sharing his recipe with the world. Read more
Published on Dec 22 2001
3.0 out of 5 stars An Okay Book
This book does have some good advices, but it does seem lacking in some areas. I've followed the CANSLIM principle, and I watched all the cup and handles, double bottoms, flat... Read more
Published on Dec 13 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT BOOK ON ADVANCED STOCK MARKET INVESTING
If you are an investor with any amount of experience, this is probably the best book you can buy to improve your skills. Read more
Published on Nov. 30 2001 by Kalen Smith
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