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The Successful Investor: What 80 Million People Need to Know to Invest Profitably and Avoid Big Losses | [William J. O'Neil]

The Successful Investor: What 80 Million People Need to Know to Invest Profitably and Avoid Big Losses

More than 80 million investors lost 50 to 80 percent of their savings in the recent stock market crash. Investor's Business Daily publisher William J. O'Neil, however, was one of the first to see, and warn investors about, the dangers inherent in what had been, up to that point, a historic bull market run. Those who followed his counsel were able to sidestep devastating losses and emerge with their sizable bull market profits largely intact.
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More than 80 million investors lost 50 to 80 percent of their savings in the recent stock market crash. Investor's Business Daily publisher William J. O'Neil, however, was one of the first to see, and warn investors about, the dangers inherent in what had been, up to that point, a historic bull market run. Those who followed his counsel were able to sidestep devastating losses and emerge with their sizable bull market profits largely intact.

In The Successful Investor, O'Neil steps up to tell all investors how they can make money and, more important, avoid losses in up markets, down markets, and everything in between. Showing how mistakes made in the recent market collapse were amazingly similar to those made in previous down cycles, O'Neil reveals simple steps investors can follow to avoid costly mistakes and:

  • Buy only the best stocks at only the best times
  • Follow a market-tested 3-to-1 Profit-and-Loss Percentage Plan
  • Know when to sell for the biggest possible profit
  • Recognize chart patterns that presage enormous market moves
  • Manage a portfolio over time to maximize its returns

William O'Neil has succeeded in virtually every market environment by following a stable, non-emotional investment plan. In his latest book, O'Neil explains how anyone can follow that plan to become a profitable long-term investor, regardless of market tides or turns.

©2004 William J. O'Neil; (P)2005 AMI

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    Scott United States 03-19-12
    Scott United States 03-19-12 Member Since 2009
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    Would you try another book from William J. O'Neil and/or Alan Sklar?

    Yes, I have read O'Neil's other books and this provides additional information and newer interpretations. However, the last 3/8 or so of the book is O'Neil advocating his extreme right wing view. This time it's taxes, a few shots at Clinton, and some advice to his Republican following.

    I would still but the book knowing that almost all of the second half is political I would still buy it. I don't have to like his politics to profit from his advice and research. I have made a lot of money over the years listening to him and this new book adds some new useful advice.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    His investing advice. His political rantings.


    What does Alan Sklar bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Not really sure.


    What did you take away from The Successful Investor that you can apply to your work?

    Some various new ideas for screening stocks.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    William valley city, OH, USA 04-15-09
    William valley city, OH, USA 04-15-09 Member Since 2008
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    "very good"

    sounds like roger is an advertisement for cramer. According to the AAII, CANSLIM is one of the best stock screens over the past 10 years. iive read cramer and Oneil and Oneil iss the real deal.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    vinayaka Tempe, AZ, United States 04-05-09
    vinayaka Tempe, AZ, United States 04-05-09
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    "For Successful Investors"

    Excellent book for investors. Every investor should read this book and understand the market principles before stepping into Stock market/Wallstreet.

    Thank you,
    Vinayaka.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Ty LA PORTE, TEXAS, United States 04-25-13
    Ty LA PORTE, TEXAS, United States 04-25-13
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    "Technicals"
    If you could sum up The Successful Investor in three words, what would they be?

    O'neil is great when it comes to technicals. If you are new to stocks read his books. Then, when you are comfortable, move out into Fundamentals, and then Keynes or Soros. There is much in this game of investing, technicals are just the beginning.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mr. Richard J. Pawlak Nesconset, NY United States 10-20-14
    Mr. Richard J. Pawlak Nesconset, NY United States 10-20-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Technical Analysis and Ads for IBD"
    Would you try another book from William J. O'Neil and/or Alan Sklar?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    This book relies heavily on technical analysis rules that often time don't work. It is also an ad for Investor's Business Daily and other publications/websites. . There are better books out there.

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    Roger Smith Orlando, Florida United States 05-13-08
    Roger Smith Orlando, Florida United States 05-13-08 Member Since 2000

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Wichcraft and Advertising"

    I just cannot buy the premise of this book. The author believes that there are magic patterns in stock charts that can be devined to predict the future. Also mix in a health dose of advertising for the Investors Business Daily which the author founded.

    Go read Jim Cramer instead.

    2 of 18 people found this review helpful
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