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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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  • Ty
  • LA PORTE, TEXAS, United States
  • 04-25-13

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.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Scott
  • United States
  • 03-19-12

Good Information but it is from W. O'Neil

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

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.

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  • vinayaka
  • Tempe, AZ, United States
  • 04-05-09

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.

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Want to Improve Your Stock Selections

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, i would recommend to anyone who wants to pick better company's to invest in.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Successful Investor?

How to know when the market is topping or bottoming.

Which scene was your favorite?

3-1 buy sell plan.

What insight do you think you’ll apply from The Successful Investor?

I will be using the IBD 50 list of stocks to find my investments.

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Well worth the read, but he can be a bit arrogant.

Would you listen to The Successful Investor again? Why?

Certainly, you have to because the book puts forth so much information in such a well presented way that you will want to refer back to it for years.

What other book might you compare The Successful Investor to and why?

Don't know, it was one of my first investing books.

Which scene was your favorite?

When he describes how to identify downturning and up turning trends.

What insight do you think you’ll apply from The Successful Investor?

He tells how to identify good stocks then recognize their buy points. Golden information!

Any additional comments?

Buy a highlighter with this book, you will want to reference it later.

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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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  • Robert
  • Sioux Falls, SD, United States
  • 01-06-16

Very good concept book of buying high

If you could sum up The Successful Investor in three words, what would they be?

This book taught me to buy a stock that was high in price and set stop limits and sell limits.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Successful Investor?

Stop at -7 and sell at +21

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This is just an ad for his advisory and web

While he says some worthwhile things about risk management, most of the book is an advertisement for his newspaper and web businesses. it's extremely distasteful the disingenuous when he tells people that find out if your broker goes to Oneils seminars subscribes to his website, and subscribes to his newspaper, as criteria to use to know if he is in fact a good broker or not.. Also there's a lot of oversimplification here that maybe was effective in the 60s and 70s but doesn't by itself guarantee any kind of success in the world of dark pools and high frequency trading. There are better books out there that are more sincere in their advice and less an advertisement for the authors other seminars and publications.

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

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 23 people found this review helpful