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Do you want to make money or would you rather fool around?
Spooner, John D.
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Publication Information:
Holbrook, MA : Adams Media, [2000]

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xii, 244 pages ; 20 cm
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HG4521 .S718 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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An introduction to investing for profit features more than sixty short sketches that present a behind-the-scenes look at the world of investment.

Author Notes

John D. Spooner is the only investment advisor/novelist in America. His bestselling nonfiction includes Confessions of a Stockbroker, Smart People, and Sex and Money. His work has appeared in the Atlantic Monthly, Esquire, Playboy, The Boston Globe, and many other publications, including Boston magazine, where he is currently Financial Editor. A Senior Vice President of Salomon Smith Barney, Inc., Mr. Spooner has appeared on numerous TV and radio programs including Wall Street Week. He watches over assets in excess of $500 million for clients all over the world through his Smart People management business. A graduate of Harvard, he lives in Boston.

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Spooner, an executive with Salomon Smith Barney and author of Confessions of a Stockbroker, offers insights into the theory, practice, and psychology of investing. A large part of this informative book deals with market strategies: when and when not to sell stocks, when and when not to buy stocks, what to buy and what not to buy, private investments, venture capital, investing abroad, etc. Spooner also gives advice on research and development, selecting a broker, risks facing investors, and learning from history. He writes in a rather breezy style (first serial rights have been sold to Playboy), but Spooner has been in the business long enough to pass on a lot of sound advice to would-be investors. --George Cohen

Table of Contents

Introductionp. xi
Market Strategies
Do You Really Want to Make Money?p. 3
The Second Part of Every Tradep. 5
A Simple Test for Holding a Stockp. 7
When You Can't Afford to Sellp. 9
Don't Sell Your Winnersp. 10
How Much Should You Buy?p. 11
Stocks Go to Extremes--in Both Directionsp. 13
Consider the Sourcep. 15
So You Want to Get Rich?p. 16
Playing Fadsp. 23
Seeing Beyond the Valleyp. 25
Your "Stake in Life" Stockp. 27
Betting on Winnersp. 31
Buying into America's Most Hated Companiesp. 33
Create Your Own "Vulture" Fundp. 39
The Next Big Thingp. 40
Betting on the Generation Gapp. 48
Boring Is Betterp. 52
When Bad Things Happen to Good Stocksp. 53
Marketplace Bellweathersp. 58
Buying on the News--Part Ip. 61
Buying on the News--Part IIp. 64
Buying on the News--Part IIIp. 68
Selling Shortp. 73
Trading on Instinctsp. 76
Borrowing to Beat the Squeezep. 77
Red Flagsp. 79
Making Money on Stock Splitsp. 80
Trading on Inside Informationp. 82
Never Reach for Yieldp. 87
Private Investmentsp. 88
Venture Capitalp. 90
Investing Abroad--Part Ip. 100
Investing Abroad--Part IIp. 108
Playing the Revolutionp. 112
Doing It Yourselfp. 114
Research and Development
Grabbing for the Leprechaun's Coatp. 125
Who Are "They"?p. 128
Asking the Right Questionsp. 131
Market Research in Your Neighborhoodp. 134
Trust Your Instincts--but Do Your Homeworkp. 136
The Box Kingp. 139
You Need a Net Youngblood in Your Lifep. 141
Whom Can You Trust?
Five Questions to Ask Your Brokerp. 147
It's Your Moneyp. 153
Get Your Signals Straightp. 154
Give Your Advisor a Fighting Chancep. 156
It's Your Money
Risky Businessp. 161
Making Instant Enemiesp. 163
The Income-Plus Strategyp. 165
You've Got Better Things to Do Than Retirep. 167
Retirement Income Tricksp. 171
Your Children's Moneyp. 172
Estate Planningp. 177
Lessons From History
Losing My Virginityp. 187
The Long Viewp. 190
The Crash of '87p. 198
People and Money
The Education of a Stockbrokerp. 209
A Life's Historyp. 213
The Dinosaur Clubp. 220
Living by Accidentp. 226
Family Dramas and the Marketsp. 231
The Least Likely to Succeedp. 233
So Smart, They're Stupidp. 234
A Little Something on the Sidep. 237
Surprise!p. 239
Indexp. 243