Investing 101

Investing 101

by Kathy Kristof

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Investing 101 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The organization of the book allows quick reference if the reader is seeking specific information. When taken in order, the chapters serve a beginning investor well, walking the reader through basic information and definitions before going more in depth later in the book. I think the section on determining the individual's risk tolerance and (investment) safety needs is particularly helpful to someone trying to determine how much money needs to be set aside for major purchases or events, and for an emergency fund.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Broad enough to cover the basics for new investors, combined with an efficient delivery.
Nitestar on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I have just finished reviewing Investing 101. As the title implies, this book takes a detailed look at finances (personal) but more to the point it takes a look at what is a financial market and how to invest, as an individual, without, hopefully losing your shirt.There is a handy quiz to find out just how high (or low) your tolerance to risk is and based on this, the book continues to explain all the fundamentals about investing wisely.This book is written for a novice and the terms used are everyday and easy to understand. This book also describes the various financial terms that are used in the market and this feature was quite helpful.While I enjoyed this book, it focused more on families and less on singles - which is something that I was interested in. Also, this book's audience definitely is novice as there is very little in the way of intermediate financial information.This is a great book for somebody who is starting out or who needs to polish their knowledge.
jonasreads on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Practical primer that addresses immediate investor concerns and questions. I especially enjoyed the straightforward elements in each chapter, such as specific questions and answers to money problems; self-assessments on, for example, risk tolerance; and easy-to-use financial formulas (e.g., tax implications of selling too soon).
rosswirth42 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Excellent introduction to personal investing and family finances. Explains a wide range of investment vehicles while recommending a conservative, long-term approach to wealth building. One interesting chapter is the "lazy investor portfolio planner." This chapter leads the reader through a series of questions that focus on the essentials of balance sheet valuation for your personal situation and an investment strategy that fits where you are in your stage of life.
madamlibbytellsall on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
An excellent starting point for anyone with questions about the basics of investing. Kristof starts off with a chapter on finding the money to invest and how to change attitudes toward saving and investing. She includes tips for addressing universal problems as well as guidance on gender specific money problems ("emotional spending" for women and "competing with strangers" for men). One of the most informative parts of the book was the section in chapter 8 about "How to Read a Financial Statement." Even after years of reading those closely printed statements they can be overwhelming. Kristof tells you which sections to look at and what to look for to determine if the company is worth investing in. Chapter 14 - "The Lazy Investor's Portfolio Planner" shows you how to put all the lessons together to determine your goals and how to reach them. Simply a well written and accessable guide to taking those first steps into investing and what to do once you get there.
NQTBradyBunch on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The book is entitled Investing 101 (revised and updated), and what an appropriate title. I have been teaching my 14-year-old some of the ins and outs of investing, and this is a sound resource for us to have on hand. Whether the reader knows nothing about investing, or has been dabbling for some time now, there is something to be learned--or, at least reminded--from this book. Concepts such as diversifying a portfolio are demonstrated with real numbers and percentages of gains and losses, reflecting the differences (between a diversified and not-so-diversified portfolio) in a way that I had never seen done so well.It's the basics, and more; in layman's terminology with excellent examples. Couldn't recommend it more!
DrMcDougall on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
As the title says, this is definitely structured as a basic personal finance book, to assist those who wish to understand the incoming and outgoing process, in a very hands-on, non-technical approach. Beneficial to all as a good resource to check on various aspects of the financial jungle, as we attempt to balance our budgets - maybe the government should read this book!
foof2you on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Investing 101 is a great book for anyone whether just starting out or you have been investing for a while and need to refresh what you know. This book explains many different aspects of investing. The explanations are easy to follow and detailed. there are however, a couple of drawbacks with the book. First if the book came out today in Dec 2008 the examples of the worst and best days of the stock market would be different. Secondly many of the examples deal with inflation. I wish this book would talk about how to prepare for recessions, depressions and other calamities that could hit. How can someone prepare for any impending financial crisis would be nice if only a few pages. Finally the problem with a book like this is that the information can become dated. i imagine that if I had read this book a year ago the information would have been dead on and the example would have been great. Today one just does not know how the market will go.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book makes it easy to understand the stock market and different investment options. It has great advice and worksheets that guide you through the process. Enlightening.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
The author has made the material very easy to understand, especially for the average person that has never been exposed to the investment process and the terminology used. The book awakens an individual's curiosity about the daily happenings in the stock market.