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The Only Investment Guide You'll Ever Need

Narrated by: Mike Chamberlain
Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (274 ratings)

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For nearly 40 years, The Only Investment Guide You'll Ever Need has been a favorite finance guide, earning the allegiance of more than a million investors across America. This completely updated edition will show you how to use your money to your best advantage in today's financial marketplace, no matter what your means.

Using concise, witty, and truly understandable tips and explanations, Andrew Tobias delivers sensible advice and useful information on savings, investments, preparing for retirement, and much more.

©2016 Andrew Tobias (P)2016 Tantor

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"So full of tips and angles that only a booby or a billionaire could not benefit." ( New York Times)

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great investment book for anyone

great opportunity for anyone starting out. Very easy to follow and understand. Great book.

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A wealth of information!

I am glad I also purchased the book so that I can read it more slowly. Mr. Tobias covers a lot ground and unless you are taking notes, there's much that can be missed just by listening.

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Quite technical, buy the book instead

There is a lot of detailed information which is impossible to capture all by listening. Better to buy the book so it's easier to revisit the serious you are the most interested in. I liked Rich Dad Poor Dad more and that book is more appropriate for audio listening.

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  • Boca Grande, FL
  • 12-17-18

Whatever You Want to Know is Probably Covered Here

The book is a nice guide through the maze of investing and particularly good at exposing problematic areas such as complex, but worthless investment schemes. I first read it in 1990 when I began investing and I am impressed with the expanded content in the current edition. Some sections, such as decreasing your lifestyle expenses, are tiresome and trivial, but the explanations of arcane strategies such as "put options", "covered calls" and "lifetime remainder trusts" are succinct, clear and very well done.

Like most references, the best way to use it is to read closely the areas you need and skim through the rest. Then when you come up with specific question like "what the hell is a zero coupon bond" you'll find a nice, understandable answer.

I thoroughly enjoyed having a lot of financial mumbo jumbo explained in a way I could comprehend.I'm I also agree with the author about not jeopardizing your financial future by hiring a predatory commission based advisory service.

When you reach our age (the author and I are exactly the same age,72) you have to realize that you are the only one who can assure your own future.

Read this book, keep it handy, and buy updated editions.


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Mark Cuban named this book in an interview

As one of his favorites. I think it’s worth the listen, I learned about probate and it’s impact.

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A good book

Enjoyed the book and would recommend it to others. Some very helpful information in this book.

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great advice and entertaining

great advice, entertaining read by the narrator. I highly recommend you read or listen to it.

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Outdated

While an interesting read if you’re not already frugal, this book has too many references to websites and is outdated. Not an actual investing guide.

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NOT the only investment guide you'll ever need

Way too stocks & bonds oriented, not enough investments of anything else.
Literally 5 min of real estate, and no real life applications... unless, if your focus is only stocks

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Doesn't align with my values

The author has an overt Democrat bias (higher taxes would have solved the debt crisis, investing under Democrat Presidents you'd be up XX% more than under Republicans...). The book covers a myriad of investment options, but after reading it I'm still looking for a clear, common sense investment strategy. This book even recommends reverse mortgages! Ugh!