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The first book of investing : the absolute beginner's guide to building wealth safely
Case, Samuel.
Personal Author:
Fully revised third edition.
Publication Information:
Rocklin, Calif. : Prima Pub., [1999]

Physical Description:
x, 415 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
Format :


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HG4910 .C355 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Teaches the layperson how to responsibly manage money and offers the beginning investor explanations of, and advice on, everything from stocks, bonds, and real estate, to rare coins and futures contracts.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Investment adviser Case dispels many myths and mysteries for the first-time or would-be investor. He successfully fills a niche between the more general personal finance books, which provide only a cursory discussion of investment strategies and options, and the esoteric or faddish investment guides filling library and bookstore shelves. After explaining how the actual transaction of buying or selling a stock takes place, he covers the basics of investing in stocks, mutual funds, fixed-income investments, and real estate. Case also considers international and socially responsible investing and discusses portfolio-building concepts. He concludes with an overview of various high-risk investment alternatives in order to caution novices but also to guide those who may want to consider such choices in the future. ~--David Rouse

Library Journal Review

No matter what the reader's financial goals happen to be, this book provides a great introduction to investing. It will help both the inexperienced investor who prefers to turn over his or her portfolio to a financial planner and the investor who wants to make investing a full-time pursuit. For the beginner, Case provides clear explanations of basic investments such as stocks and mutual funds. He also gives a simple explanation of where to find financial information and how to interpret it--for example, reading stock tables. For the more savvy investor, Case covers riskier vehicles. Included are outstanding breakdowns of commodity futures and stock options markets. Each chapter includes bibliographies of useful investment sources with an emphasis on newsletters and investment services. An excellent guide to investing; highly recommended.-- Joel Jones, Jefferson Cty. P.L., System, Arvada, Col. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Part 1 An Overview for Beginners
1 The World of Investment
2 Dealing with Money Consciously
3 Personal Finance
4 The Stock Market
5 Buying and Selling Stocks
6 Mutual Funds
7 Fixed-Income Investments
8 Finding and Interpreting Financial Information
9 Financial Advisers
10 Real Estate: Owning a Home
11 Real Estate As an Investment
Part 2 Intermediate Investing
12 Socially Responsible Investing
13 International Investing
14 The Model Portfolio
15 Building a Successful Portfolio
16 Individual Portfolios
17 Retirement
18 Going Further with Stocks
19 Buying Methods
20 Bad Times
21 Bonds
22 Investing Online
Part 3 High-Risk Investing
23 Investing in Yourself: Starting Your Own Businessby John Case
24 Caveat Emptor: Let the Buyer Beware
25 Precious Metals, Rare Coins, and Other Collectibles
26 Futures
27 Options
28 Starting to Invest
Appendix A The Model Portfolio
Appendix B Fractions into Decimals
Appendix C Total Returns: 1925 to 1994
Appendix D Compound Interest