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One Up On Wall Street: How To Use What You Already Know To Make Money In The Market [Paperback]

Peter Lynch , John Rothchild
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April 3 2000
More than one million copies have been sold of this seminal book on investing in which legendary mutual-fund manager Peter Lynch explains the advantages that average investors have over professionals and how they can use these advantages to achieve financial success.

America’s most successful money manager tells how average investors can beat the pros by using what they know. According to Lynch, investment opportunities are everywhere. From the supermarket to the workplace, we encounter products and services all day long. By paying attention to the best ones, we can find companies in which to invest before the professional analysts discover them. When investors get in early, they can find the “tenbaggers,” the stocks that appreciate tenfold from the initial investment. A few tenbaggers will turn an average stock portfolio into a star performer.

Lynch offers easy-to-follow advice for sorting out the long shots from the no-shots by reviewing a company’s financial statements and knowing which numbers really count. He offers guidelines for investing in cyclical, turnaround, and fast-growing companies.

As long as you invest for the long term, Lynch says, your portfolio can reward you. This timeless advice has made One Up on Wall Street a #1 bestseller and a classic book of investment know-how.

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Anise C. Wallace The New York Times Mr. Lynch's investment record puts him in a league by himself.

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Peter Lynch managed the Fidelity Magellan Fund from 1977 to 1990 when it was one of the most successful mutual-funds of all time. He then became a vice chairman at Fidelity and more recently has become a prominent philanthropist particularly active in the Boston area. His books include One Up on Wall Street, Beating the Street, and Learn to Earn (all written with John Rothchild).

John Rothchild was formerly a financial columnist for Time and Fortune magazines.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
If you are going to pick your own stocks (I buy individual stocks only with money I can afford to lose, the rest is in real estate, mutual funds, and bonds), this book, by one of the best stock pickers of all time, should be considered mandatory reading for you.
Peter Lynch does not give you a mechanical, step-by-step process to pick the winners, but his stories give you an insight into how he thinks, and learning to think like Peter Lynch is bound to help you become a better stock picker.
Mr. Lynch does not promise that you will get rich by picking a quick series of ten-baggers. He makes it clear, I think, that investing in individual stocks is not meant for those people who don't have a strong stomach and are not good at doing research.
Mr. Lynch recognizes that for many people their best investment, in the end, turns out to be their home. His view of the investment world is broader than that of many other stock market experts.
P.S. An additional caution of the risks involved in picking individual stocks to invest in: A long time after Peter Lynch wrote this book, I read that he lost a significant amount of money by investing in an upscale carpet business that did not pan out as anticipated. Even the greatest track record does not guarantee future results. So beware! No matter how good you are, and how strong your stomach is, you will have to absorb some big losses sooner or later. Peter Lynch did.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Wall Street Memories and Advice Oct. 19 2011
By Ian Robertson TOP 100 REVIEWER
Peter Lynch was a star manager of Fidelity's flagship mutual fund in the late 1970s and 1980s, gaining well deserved recognition for his outstanding performance record, and even more recognition for his excellent writing. One Up On Wall Street offers an excellent, entertaining, educational tour through the very vast world of investing, always with an eye to the novice investor. Originally published in 1989, just before his retirement, one would expect many of the examples to be dated and on occasion no longer in existence, and that is true, but unfortunately some of the insight that Lynch gives and advice that he offers is also dated as the faster paced world of computers and instant information. The issue isn't that one can't substitute a computer for the reference book in Lynch's advice, rather it's that the common sense thinking and basic research is available to everyone, everywhere at all times, so much of the advice itself comes across as quaint or dated. Still, Mr. Lynch presents his advice extremely well, with interesting anecdotes, a wealth of experience, and plain language.

Readers could do much worse than this as a starting point, but will want to continue on with some more up to date advice for their next book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars highly recommended Aug. 28 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Great book. I am seasoned investor but still learned lots from this book. It was written in a manner that took a dry subject and made it an enjoyable read.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For financial analysts to be! July 17 2004
I first read this book as an "assignment" when I started working as a financial analyst in 2000. The book is well written, and offers a lot of insights and tips that are applicable to analyzing companies and stocks. Most of the stuff here are very applicable to my work, and even offers examples that can be emulated by any investor/analyst. To date, I still practice most of the philosophies and tips suggested here when it comes to analyzing companies. Amazingly, the book is not written in financial jargon but rather in a simple way that even novices would easily understand. i rate this book a "buy!"
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars July 14 2014
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Nice book
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best book for amateur stock investors June 7 2014
By SMD5231
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Great book: shows how anyone can use their environment, job, family and friends to find good stocks. Written in plain English, with lots of humor. Entertaining and instructive.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Theories on invseting April 6 2008
Peter Lynch, the legendary money manager of Fidelity Magellan Fund, shares his investing principles in this book. This book is for both casual investors and professionals because it contains many timeless investing principles.

The book is divided into three sections: Preparing to Invest, Picking Winners and The Long-Term View. The second section is the most valuable one as Lynch talks about what he looks for in a great investment, as well as what to avoid. Chapter 13, Some Famous Numbers, is especially useful for novice. Lynch explains the key financial numbers/ratios and why they are important. Those are very helpful when conducting analysis of individual companies. Chapter 15, The Final Checklist, summarizes the second section. Every investor should not be buying stocks without going through the checklist.

Beginners would develop many proper habits of sound investing including focusing on companies rather than stocks and separating stock tips from the tipper. It is a great book for beginners and less so for professionals because some of the things in the book are rather basic. However, investors who master these basic principles would be very well rewarded from the stock market.

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Probably the best stock investment book ever June 2 2004
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This is a terrific book for stock investors of all levels, beginner through advanced. Lynch has tremendous credibility, as an extremely successful long-term mutual fund manager. And he shares a good deal of his investment knowledge with readers in this book. The author shows why stocks have been better than cash or bonds in the long run, and covers the basics of valuation: PE ratios, earnings growth, brand value, financial/cash position, etc. Then he points out that each individual investor brings their own "edge" to the investment table, such as that a truck driver might notice that he's delivering more for a growing business before "The Street" realizes that the business is growing, or a retail sales clerk might have a better handle on what's selling than a Wall Streeter in New York City, etc (this "edge" is the "One Up" part, referenced in the book's title).
I read this book before I got serious about investing myself, it's helped me to be successful (I've "beaten the street" fairly consistently, much of this thanks to Lynch's book) and I've re-read it several times over the years. My biggest problem with this book is the printing; while the quality isn't terrible, it could be a lot better, a lot more readable. This is a book just CRYING to be published again in hardback, with new, larger typesetting. And I don't mean that little miniature abridged hardback version. Considering the popularity of this book, and the great number of well-to-do investors, why not sell us a leather bound, acid free paper, nicely typeset version for $50-$75 retail? Until that ever happens (unlikely, but I can hope) this excellent investment book will have to do in the current paperback form. Remember, if you are considering investing in stocks - start here, read this book! And even if you think you know it all, you still should read Lynch's book, it's that good.
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