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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 0743200403 978-0743200400 2nd Revised edition
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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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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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Good book for growth stock shoppers March 6 2004
I think this book is a very good book for people that want to buy good growing companies that they might do business with, in fact in this book Mr. Lynch recommends buying stock in companies that you do business with. For instance if you drink a lot of Mountain Dew you might want to consider investing in Pepsi-Cola.
Peter Lynch was the manager of the world's largest mutual fund (Fidelity Magellan) also during his tenure that mutual fund was the best performing mutual fund in the world.
Mr. Lynch doesn't give you an exact formula but with careful reading I believe you can determine some of the criteria he used. He also goes into discussion of what criteria he uses to sell a stock. (hint it isn't the same for all stocks)
Here are a few things that Mr. Lynch thinks would make the perfect stock:
1. If it sounds dull or, even better, ridiculous
2. If it does something dull
3. It does something disagreeable
4. It's a spin off
5. The institutions don't own it and analysts don't follow it.
6. The rumors abound: It's involved with toxic waste or the mafia
7. There's something depressing about it
8. It's a no-growth industry
9. It's got a niche
10. People have to keep buying it
11. It's a user of technology
12. The insiders and buyers
13. The company is buying back shares
Overall I think this is a good way to learn about investing in growth stocks that aren't exactly CAN SLIM, and what to hold stocks for a year or longer. I'm not alone this book is ranked 4 and 1/2 out of 5 stars at
Reed Floren
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5.0 out of 5 stars informative with facts
Informative with facts and useful insights..... But too many examples and hence a big redundant....skip and read...but will surely recommend......
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5.0 out of 5 stars A keeper for you investment library
Great book to read on investing. Fast supplier.
Published 1 month ago by Greg Braun
5.0 out of 5 stars Bag one now
Fun read. I love the Lynch style.
Published 1 month ago by Charlie Halpin
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Nice book
Published 3 months ago by Dimitrios Anastasakis
5.0 out of 5 stars Best book for amateur stock investors
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.
Published 4 months ago by SMD5231
5.0 out of 5 stars highly recommended
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.
Published 14 months ago by Chris Wilkinson
2.0 out of 5 stars Outdated!
You can learn some basics from this book but you'll find yourself laughing about it's outdatedness at times! Read more
Published on Nov. 18 2011 by new investor
5.0 out of 5 stars For financial analysts to be!
I first read this book as an "assignment" when I started working as a financial analyst in 2000. Read more
Published on July 17 2004 by Mark Canizares
5.0 out of 5 stars Probably the best stock investment book ever
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. Read more
Published on June 2 2004
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If your read one book on investing, make it this book. If you visit one site on investing, make it Fool. Read more
Published on May 13 2004
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