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Publisher's Summary

How do we find hot stocks without getting burned? How do we fatten our portfolios and stay financially healthy? Former hedge-fund manager and longtime Wall Street commentator Jim Cramer explains how to invest wisely in chaotic times, and he does so in plain English, in a style that is as much fun as investing is, or should be, when it's done right.

For starters, Cramer recommends devoting a portion of your assets to speculation. Everyone wants to find the big winners that can bring outsized gains, and Cramer explains how to allocate your portfolio so that you can afford to take this kind of risk wisely. He explains why "buy and hold" is a losing philosophy: For Cramer, it's "buy and homework". If you can't spend an hour a week researching each of your stocks, then you should hand off your portfolio to a mutual fund, and Cramer identifies the very few mutual funds that he'd recommend.

Cramer also reveals his Ten Commandments of Trading (Commandment #5: Tips are for waiters). He explains why he's not afraid to compare investing to gambling (and tells you which book on gambling you should read to become a better investor). And he discloses his 25 Rules of Investing (Rule #4: Look for broken stocks, not broken companies).

Cramer shows how to compare stock prices in a way that you can understand, how to spot market tops and bottoms, how to know when to sell, how to rotate among cyclical stocks to catch the big moves, and much more. Jim Cramer's Real Money is filled with insider advice that really works, information that Cramer himself used to make millions during his 14-year career on Wall Street.

Written in Cramer's distinctive turbocharged style, this is every investor's guide to what you really must know to make big money in the stock market.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.; Download the accompanying reference guide.
©2006 J.J. Cramer & Co. All rights reserved (P)2006 Simon and Schuster Inc. All rights reserved.

Critic Reviews

"[Cramer's] enthusiasm should prove inspiring, and even investors on the wrong side of Wall Street's recent shakeups may find the courage to get back in the game." (Publishers Weekly)

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  • Ian
  • Toronto, ON, Canada
  • 05-16-07

Great book but quite heavy

Lots of great information in this book, but probably not a lot that you will use unless you really want to get deep into the market.

Mad Money goes even deeper if you really want to get into trading rather than investing.

If you want a more passive approach to investing then read Rule #1.

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Very Advanced

I loved this audiobook. This book is FULL or great information. However, I was very suprised at how in depth his approach was to explaining how the market works. I am a finance major in college, and have spent many years trading as a professional, and there were many new insights for me. This is definitely NOT the first book you want to read in regards to the market. Unless you are for real and you have an insatiable thirst for stock trading knowledge, read something else first.

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  • Roger
  • Orlando, Florida United States
  • 05-13-08

Great Advice

Cramer gives some great guidance on investing. Great ideas, very good presentation. But I would temper his enthusiasm by listening to "Fooled by Randomness" as well. The two balance each other very well.

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High Energy!

I'd heard of Jim Camer but wasn't familiar with his trading style. Jim did an excellent job with the narration and certainly kept my attention. I like his style and I learned plenty from this book. Thanks Jim!

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Entertaining and educational

Jim keeps you engaged and gives priceless info on how to beat the market. His no non sense approach will limit your mistakes and increase your return on investment. Listen often.

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  • Eric
  • Williamsburg, VA, USA
  • 03-24-07

Good Audiobook, but actual book would be helpful

This book is read by the author, Jim Cramer. His energy and excitement brings to life his book. Although the information is great for some and others will hate it (depending on if you are a buy-n-hold or "day-trader") seeing the words in print would make it easier. If you don't have a lot of time to read, but spend a lot of time traveling in a car, then it would be beneficial to use the audiobook for the information and the book as a reference.

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  • Richard
  • kaysville, UT, USA
  • 03-10-07

Great basics

Mr. Cramer definitely has an engaging delivery though it can wear on you after awhile. He has some great ideas and advice. He's not modest though if he's done everything he says he has, I don't really care. He shares valuable insights from someone with Wall Street experience telling you what happens on the inside. He makes succint points with examples to reinforce them. His book is good for the new investor trying to decide how to start playing the stock market. It's worth reading.

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best finance book

it was very easy to understand and apply in my one portfolio and it's was pretty easy to get throw most other books on the same subject are pretty boring and dry

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A Good foundation

This book is a step beyond a beginners guide. Jim does a good job of explaining why you should be active with your investments and how to do that, once you understand financial speak.

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A Must for every stock market player

Great book! There's so much information that I will take notes on my second listen.