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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster; 2nd Revised edition edition (April 3 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743200403
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743200400
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.5 x 21.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 295 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (115 customer reviews)
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Anise C. Wallace The New York Times Mr. Lynch's investment record puts him in a league by himself.

About the Author

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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By andris virsnieks on April 14 2004
Format: Paperback
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 By Ian Robertson TOP 500 REVIEWER on Oct. 19 2011
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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 By Mootstreet on April 6 2008
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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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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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