Audition Deadline: May 28, 2014
Whether you're a complete investing novice or just confused about all the contradictory advice out there, A Beginner's Guide to Investing is an accessible guide to growing your money the smart and easy way.
Throw away the get-rich quick schemes that never work and turn off the financial news and it's constant noise. Whether your dream is protecting your assets in a turbulent market or growing your wealth so that you can retire in style, this book is the blueprint.
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I think it's quite telling when the author informs us that the long-term investment strategy is fool proof, since essentially the whole economic system is based on it's success. Once you understand that, it's much easier to concentrate on retirement investing, diversification, and asset allocation - wow! I finally realize what all of those words mean!
Oh, Adam has a pretty steady/stable voice. He's extremely clear. I wouldn't want to see him emcee a wedding, but as a narrator, he gets 5 stars from me!
Yes, the book made me cry when I realized how much money I have lost over the past several years by not investing my savings correctly.
This is a very good book for anyone who knows a little about retirement investing (i.e., if you have taken the time to learn about your employer retirement benefit), and a little about the stock market, just so that one can understand enough terminology to understand this audio book. Although the book does a good job in providing definitions, it would be difficult to follow for someone who has no investment understanding what-so-ever. That being said, I think every beginner should listen to / read this book. It's practical, commonsense, and should make you understand, and give you the confidence, that taking your money out of that money market account, and putting it into yours and your spouse's Traditional or Roth IRA is one the best investment moves you could ever make! Such commonsense advice, and convincing through facts, and not fantasy. For some beginners, the book may leave your yearning for more. For example, in my case, by the end of the book I wanted to know more about exactly which investment products I should consider, or at least more tangible advice on how to identify such products from the milieu available in my low-cost brokerage account. I also wanted to know more about asset allocation, and how certain big changes in the economy, such as rising interest rates, might impact how I decide to allocate and/or reallocate my assets. The nice thing is that the author is active online and so you the discussion can continue after the book reading/listening is done!
I would consider myself to be 90% novice in terms of investment planning, and found this book to be extraordinarily informative. The information is presented in a clear and easily to comprehend fashion, making the book an invaluable source of reference for establishing a strong foundational understanding necessary for successful investment and retirement planning. As someone who is 28 now, I'm so thankful to have access to this information to be able to begin educated financial planning for my future. I extend my sincerest gratitude to the author!
I loved every second of the audio book. I love how simple the author's approach was, I can wait to listen to it agian and then get out there and begin investing!
It gave practical advice that enables me to invest more intelligently today, including specific ETF recommendation, and recommended % diversification to specific asset classes. It also provided enough info, that I could start understanding the tax benefits involved.
If investing books are too boring for you to read yourself, this is the way to go.
He touches on taxation, but does not really explain the tax benefits for the various account types, or the way that taxation occurs in private investments. However, he goes into the ideas a bit, which I appreciated. I understand 401k & IRA tax benefits better than I did, and I also understand that taxation can occur as you compound, rather than when you try to extract your investment (at least for some asset classes). All in all, a great intro to a topic that most of us know way too little about.
great explanation of basic concepts. 2 small critiques....why does author recommend mostly Vangaurd ETF's? Also I disagree with the author's view that 'alpha returns' are a zero-sum game. The legitimate identification of high performing companies represent the potential for reall wealth creation, not the mere accumulation of wealth that others have lost as, he believes.
If you're truly new to the world of finance, this is a great primer for investing terms and concepts. If you have any background whatsoever, including a college course or two on business, you won't learn much new.
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