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  • Paperback: 183 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill; 1 edition (Sept. 16 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 007142959X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071429597
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.3 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 272 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #100,962 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Commonsense Strategies for Making--and Keeping--Money In Today's High-Risk, High-Reward Stock Market

In today's fast-paced, every-investor-for-himself financial marketplace, it's sometimes hard to tell whose advice you can trust. Still, each day, smart investors around the world choose to trust William J. O'Neil, publisher of Investor's Business Daily and author of the million-plus bestseller How to Make Money in Stocks?

Why? Because Bill O'Neil knows better than most how to win on Wall Street--and is legendary for sharing his secrets with anyone who will listen.

In The Successful Investor, O'Neil outlines how independent investors can move with the market instead of against it, and increase their profits by relying on sound, time-tested rules instead of hot tips and irrational greed. Let The Successful Investor show you how to:

  • Buy only the best stocks at only the best times
  • Recognize chart patterns that presage enormous stock moves, both up and down
  • Manage your portfolio over time to maximize its returns

Bill O'Neil will be the first to admit that he has no inside knowledge about what will happen in tomorrow's market. What he does know how to do is profit if the market goes up, and keep from losing those profits when the markets head south. In The Successful Investor, O'Neil reveals what his decades in the market have taught him, and outlines a stable, nonemotional investment plan designed to comfort and protect investors buffeted and bewildered by the today's tumultuous stock market.

About the Author

William J. O'Neil is the founder and chairman of Investor's Business Daily and the author of the million-copy best-seller How to Make Money in Stocks. Born in Oklahoma and raised in Texas, William J. O'Neil began his investment career as a stockbroker. He started investing with less than $500, but through continued study, mistakes, and a desire to find out exactly how the stock market really worked, O'Neil realized a 20-fold increase in his own account in 26 months from October 1962 to December 1964. He then purchased a set on the New York Stock Exchange and opened his own investment management and research firm, William O'Neil + Co., Incorporated, at the age of 30. Founded in 1963, William O'Neil + Co. was the first to create a computerized stock-market database, which is used today by over 400 major U.S. institutions across the country, including banks, insurance companies, pension and mutual funds, corporations, and government organizations.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Nov. 10 2003
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I'm a professional investor who has studied every conceivable investment theory imaginable. I use my own research and invest 10% of my portfolio in each position up to a maximum of 10 positions and a minimum of 0 positions (100% cash at times). I do extensive research every January and narrow the field of stocks to 100 - 150 companies. I value them using EPS estimates from I/B/E/S, Book Value Growth, Cash Flow Growth, EPS Growth, ROE, debt, etc (basic Buffett stuff). From this, I set my target buy point and wait. I look to buy stable companies at bargain prices before they resume their upward trend. When one of the 100-150 companies hits my chosen buy price I reexamine EPS estimates, technical, and sentiment data and then invest 10% of my portfolio in the company (must have guts here and EPS estimates help tremendously). I have averaged over 50%/year since 1998 with an average of 52% in money market the entire time. My worst year was 2001 at +41% (had over 60% in cash that year). I'm considering writing a book about my methods if there is enough interest. The point I'm trying to make is that you ABSOLUTELY need to AUTOMATE your investment strategy. Without a doubt, O'Neil can do this for you. For proof, goto [...] and look in the stock screen section. He is up 700% since Jan 1998. O'Neil has a great system of investing and I think it will work well for those who diligently apply his techniques. I would take it one step further though and apply EPS estimate revision data in addition to the quarterly reported EPS growth hurdles he outlines in the book (for EPS estimates goto Zacks.com, Multex.com, Yahoo finance and look for estimate trends).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 14 2004
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O'Niel has certaintly pioneered a powerful strategy that works, works all the time and will work for everybody. I bought O'Niels first book, How To Invest in Stocks. This one is similiar but better. It covers the stock market meltdown and for new investors, it may not be too pleasant to realize how much they could have made instead of losing money during the Clinton bear market.
I know a lot of investors who buy IBD but who are lost. This book will make sense out of IBD and show you how to use it.
If nothingelse, I would recommend that you buy just the Monday edition and check out the top 150 stocks. These are selected with IBD proprietary data. Just start there and continue your research.
I have made alot of money playing stock splits and I contend that the real reason was I checked the data from IBD before investing. Not all stocks that split do well. One prominent example is Compaq which split and ne ver returned to it's normal price. I passed on Compaq based on research in IBD. Thank God for IBD!
O'Niels other book 24 Essential Lessons for Investment success is also excellent. However, if you were to pick just one of O'Niels books, I would go with The Successful Investor. That book along with reading IBD (at least Mondays) will give you the edge to become a successful investor.
Good luck.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 30 2004
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I find it amusing that some people like to compare people like O'Niel with Warren Buffet. Not only did Buffet start with $7 mil way back then (more like $35-$40MIL) in todays dollars, an amount which only those with rich parents could do, what is Warren Buffet doing to show the average investor how to make money?
O'Niel provides a paper and his newest book that can show anyone how to make money predictable and consistently. Buffet is okay for those who those who already have a wad and can handle missing opportunities (like Buffet missed the technology boom in the 90's and again since Oct 1992) and are into "buy and hold." I don't know about you, but "buy & hold" didn't work for me and it certaintly didn't work for the 80 million who lost over a trillion during the Clinton bear market.
This book is O'Niels best book to date. Use and it profit.
Good luck!
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By A Customer on June 22 2004
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80 m illion Americans lost between 50-80% of their wealth th anks to the Clinton Bear Market that began in March 2000. When considering advice pertaining to the stock ma rket, it is a lot like that old tv show, Who Can You Trust. Certaintly the events that followed March 2000 have shown 80% of Americans who they cannot trust.
Bill O'Neil is more than a author of successful books and publisher of a great newspaper-IBD. He is also a successful, savvy investor. He knows how to win on WALL STREET and now he shows the rest of us how we can win and win big.
I highly recommend this great book by Bill O'Niel. It goes beyond his previous books. It provides a blueprint, a road to follow that works again and again. If you were to do nothingesle but buy this book and IBD, that alone would make you a very successful investor, far ahead of those who listen to brokers, financial planners, advisors and other so called investment experts including other authors.
Read Bill O'Niel, but more importantly, follow his advice to achieve your wealth.
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I read O'Niels book How To Make Money in Stocks which was excellent. The Successful Investor covers much of the same information with some new. It is excellent and particularly pertinent to investors who have become "gun shy" after the last three year long bear market.Obviously a lot of new people became investors in the late 90's and were totally unprepared for what happened post March 2000.Fortunately I moved out of aggressive stocks and funds and partially into cash (money market funds) and into other investments that produced a 20%-40% annualized return even during the bear market.IBD is the first thing I read and I read it voraciously. I would not be in the maket without it. In particular, I check the Monday edition with the top 100 stocks based on eps. I AM NOT TOO PARTUCARLY CONCERNED ABOUT P/E RATIOS AS LONG AS THE STOCK IS GROWING AT AT LEAST A 20% LEVEL QUARTER OVER QUARTER.IBD mas finding these stocks so easy.In 2003 I stayed with tech stocs even though many thought they were overbought, had risen too far and too fast. I bought good names like INTC, DELL, IBM, CSCO, YHOO and EBAY. I also bought some no tech names based on eps and information found in IBD.Interesting is that these stocks are still moving up despite continually hitting new 52 week highs.The Successful Investor covers an easy 5 step method that anybody could follow. O'Niel once again has a chapter on CAN SLIM, the whole basis of his system---which does really work.The Successful Investor is a must read for anyone who is currently in the market or wants to be. I also recommend Winning On Wall Street by Martin Zweig and More Wealth Without Risk by Charles Givens. In More Wealth Without Risk, Givens details his "money mvement strategy" (a technique that I used back in 2000 and still use today) which has you in the best investment for the times.Good luck with your investments!
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