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Investing For Dummies, 2nd Edition [Paperback]

Eric Tyson
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Aug. 16 1999 Investing for Dummies
Discusses how to understand investment terms and techniques, develop an investment strategy, pick winning stocks, bonds, and mutual funds, make money on real estate, and build wealth with a small business. Softcover.

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"Eric Tyson is … helping people of all income levels to take control of their own financial future." —James C. Collins, coauthor of the bestseller Built to Last "In Investing For Dummies, Tyson handily dispatches both the basics … and the more complicated." — Lisa M. Sodders, The Capital-Journal Praise for Eric Tyson "A good all-around reference book for All investors." —Rich Peternel, MBA, RPM Consultants, Inc. "It's hard to imagine a more accessible sourcebook." —Kiplinger's Personal Finance Magazine on Mutual Funds For Dummies® "By far, the best book I have read on financial planning." —Althea Thompson, PBS Nightly Business Report on Personal Finance For Dummies®

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Eric Tyson, MBA, is a financial counselor, syndicated columnist, and the author of bestselling …For Dummies® books on personal finance, taxes, home buying, and mutual funds.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Practical Introduction for Beginners April 3 2004
Considering that I know hardly anything about investing in stocks, real estate, etc., this book was a very good one because it introduced me to the basics. It starts with each topic on "level one" and gradually leads you to the level where you understand the topic but do not have useless information. It discusses stocks and bonds, real estate, portfolio buiding, and even the interesting psychological obstacles in investing. I thought an interesting idea was that to succeed long term in mutual fund investing, your portfolio must be diversified and well-researched. This book also discusses the pros and cons of having a financial advisor, and gives resources for more information. The book has cartoons, which add humor and taught me how investing would be applied to my life. The section of the book least applicable to me was about running and buying business, but it was interesting nevertheless. It was a great introduction to investing and I feel much more prepared than I did before reading the book.
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I have been investing in stocks, mutuals funds and real estate for about 8 years without ever reading a book on the topic. I bought this book to learn the nuts and bolts of investing. Despite the fact that I am not a beginner I still found the book informative. For example, Tyson says when a stock plummets don't bale out, buy some more at the lower price. I baled out of amazon.com at $11 and of course I deeply regret it now. I have since learned to hold during the bad times and now I am in profit territory with all of my stocks. He suggests that college savings accounts, such as 529 plans, may be a bad idea because it could hurt your child's chances of getting financial aid. He explains how bonds can go down in value and says instead of buying individual bonds it is better to buy bond mutual funds. I had been wary of bonds before reading this book, now I am thinking about buying a bond fund in the interests of diversification.
I didn't agree with Tyson on everything. He is more conservative than I am. I am only in my early 30s, so I believe I am young enough to take some financial risks. Also, he believes that it is a bad idea to pick your own stocks. Yet he also says that if you buy good companies and hold for several years you will always come out ahead as long as you have a diversified portfolio. I see no reason to pay a financial planner (who may put his/her own interests ahead of mine) to do this for me.
One thing I really like about the book is that he doesn't just focus on financial instruments. He also discusses investing in both real estate and small businesses. I will be buying a franchise within the next year and I found this information very helpful. Of course, I will need to do further reading on this topic.
This is an excellent book that I had a hard time putting down.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Especially relevant today Aug. 3 2003
I preface my review with saying that I am a huge fan of the For Dummies series in general and those written by Eric Tyson in particular. This is another well-written, highly informative book in the series regarding finance and investing. I often conduct seminars on the subject of investing, specifically in retirement accounts, and borrow heavily from the advice and explanations provided in this book. Although the subject matter demands more complexity, and therefore more attention, than the other For Dummies books, it is excellent for those willing to take the extra time. I personally learned a great deal regarding individual stock selection by learning how to understand a company's financial statements. As with any other For Dummies book, you can easily decide how deep you want to go on any given subject.
I feel this book is especially relevant in an environment such as today, where many have equated investing with gambling. This statement may be true, if you don't understand the rules. However, this book provides a valuable service in explaining that investing, like anything else in life, will reward you to the extent that you are willing to take responsibility and understand how it works. For those willing to do so, I can not think of a better place to start than this book.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Personal Finance for Dummies is better May 29 2002
In and of itself, this is a good book.
However, the vast majority of the information presented is merely a repeat of the information presented in "Personal Finance for Dummies" (also by Tyson). This book goes into a little more detail regarding the stock market.
However, if you are an aspiring day trader, or if you interest is very specifically focused on stocks and bonds, then you will probably be disappointed with this book. Tyson's approach is very broad, and not very deep. His target audience seems to be a group of people who have almost no knowledge of the types of investment vehicles that exist, rather than people who have basic financial knowledge, and are looking to focus on a specific area. If you fit into his target audience, however, you will probably find "Personal Finance for Dummies" to fit the bill even better than this book.
Tyson's approach to money management is classical and conservative. It will keep you afloat, but it will not make you rich. If you are interested in a more aggressive approach, I would recommend "Rich Dad, Poor Dad," by Robert Kyosaki.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Buy the Third Edition instead of this OLD one
The Third Edition of this book is already out. Why would you buy the second edition if the third edition is newer?
Published on March 20 2004 by M. Anderson
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book!
If you need a breather from the stock market's shenanigans then this book is for you. Mr. Tyson really goes out of his way to show that investing comes in multiple forms and is not... Read more
Published on March 4 2003 by Review Monster
5.0 out of 5 stars Very comphrehensive. Realistic, doable
I like this book by Eric Tyson. It is idea for both the novice investor as well as experienced. You will find great information on investing in stocks and mutual funds. Read more
Published on Oct. 5 2002 by Sara Thompson
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't be a Dummy, invest in this book.
The world of investing can be complex and overwhelming. Stocks? Bonds? Real Estate? Too confusing for you? Just putting you money under your mattress? Read more
Published on Oct. 5 2002 by Mike B.
4.0 out of 5 stars Introduction to investing
Tyson's book on investing presents useful information and covers just about all of the basic categories. This is a good place to begin learning about various investments. Read more
Published on Aug. 26 2002
4.0 out of 5 stars Investing for Dummies - Good book by Tyson
I really liked Personal Finance for Dummies. An easy read and high on content.Investing for Dummies is a great investment book. Read more
Published on Aug. 5 2002 by Cathy Brice
5.0 out of 5 stars One of, if now the best sources for first time investors
This was the first book I read when I got into investing. It's an informative, easy, and inspiring read that won't put you to sleep. It's humorus also. Read more
Published on July 29 2002
4.0 out of 5 stars Investing the Common Sense Way
When it comes to long-term investing, it's all about asset allocation and diversification. The glory days when we dumped all our funds into individual dotcom stocks are over,... Read more
Published on July 24 2002 by The Groove
5.0 out of 5 stars Good investment book by Tyson
This book is especially good for beginners. I bought this for my son and daughter-in-law along with Millionaire Next Door. Read more
Published on July 23 2002 by Chuck Kimbriel
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good book.
Eric Tyson's Investing for Dummies in broad in scope, but still written in plain english. Even the most naive to investing can understand and apply what he writes. Read more
Published on July 3 2002 by Dolores Metcaffe
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