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Publisher's Summary

Phil Town's first book, the number-one New York Times best seller Rule #1, was a guide to stock trading for people who believe they lack the knowledge to trade. But because many people arent ready to go from mutual funds directly into trading without understanding investing for the long term, he created Payback Time.

Too often, people see long-term investing as mutual-fund contributing - otherwise known as long-term hoping. But the sad truth is that mutual fund investors are, to a stunning degree, pinning their hopes on an institution that is hopeless. It turns out that only 4% of fund managers consistently beat the S&P 500 index over the long term, which means that 96% of fund investors see a smaller return on their nest egg than a chimpanzee who simply buys stocks in the 500 biggest companies in America and watches what happens.

But its worse than that. The net effect of hitching your wagon to mutual funds is that over a lifetime theyll fritter away as much 60% of your nest egg in fees. Once you understand how funds engineer this, you'll rush to invest on your own.

Payback Time's risk-free approach is called stockpiling and it's how billionaires get rich in bad markets. Its a set of rules for investing (not trading but investing) in the right businesses at the right time -- rules that will ensure you make the big money.

©2010 Phil Town (P)2010 Random House

Critic Reviews

“An incredible book that will teach you how to achieve financial independence faster than you ever thought possible.” (Brian Tracy, President, Brian Tracy International)

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  • Pat
  • Tampa, FL, United States
  • 04-26-11

You will need the book!

This book has a lot of good content regarding calculations and formulas. You would want the book to help out.

One big problem with this audio book is the narrator. So dry. Sounds like you're in a boring lecture. Makes you not want to listen to this book. Phil Town, of course, does a better job narrating his own material.

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  • lev
  • Canada
  • 02-17-11

must have

if you like rule #1, then you must buy this book
the idea stockpile makes you feel much better when in down market because you can build your portfolio in a much lower price

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Outdated reference information to websites

Outdated web sites... overall great information. Save yourself the time and go to the free website

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Great book

Lots of info in this step by step guide to a investing strategy that sounds reasonable. Narrater is horrible he sound like the weather warning guy very monotone.

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Not very compelling

And I am a fan of Phil. And I didn't find much in this book that was a new except the idea of buying as a stock goes down which isn't that novel of an idea overall I didn't take much from this book some of the ideas towards the end about not using a company
Match in a 401(k) I thought was just crazy

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Amazing

I will become a RULER! Phil is a master teacher and I cannot wait for his workshop!

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very long advertisement

The we're too many references to his website. things that could have been covered in the book which makes things frustrating because it makes me wonder why I got the book in the first place. the information provided was of very little help. many of the same concepts are explained better in other books and with out the " fluff". As an audio book especially I would not recommend this book. the concepts that sounded like they may be useful were lost to me as there was a lot of numbers and math being drawn from several sources and there was no way I can keep it all in my head at one time. I have not read it but it sounds like his first book has more detail and may be a bit more useful to readers.

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Follow up success.

Great book, it has taught me how to do the math to pick good Companies to invest in.

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Loved the book

Where does Payback Time rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Both Payback Time and Rule 1 where really good. The narrator is enthusiastic which makes me interested. He also gives a step by step approach which is easy to understand.

What other book might you compare Payback Time to and why?

Rich Dad series... because it is simple to understand

What about Marc Cashman’s performance did you like?

he was enthusiastic

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Great Addition to the First Book

I loved Rule #1, but as a beginner it took me a while to connect all the dots. Payback Time was the perfect follow-up to help me solidify the old concepts and add some new ones as well. PBT also translated a little better into audible format, I felt.
Both are MUST READS

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