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Investing in Shares For Dummies


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Introduction 1 Part I: The Essentials of Investing in Shares 9 Chapter 1: Exploring the Basics 11 Chapter 2: Sizing Up Your Current Finances and Setting Goals 17 Chapter 3: Defi ning Common Approaches to Investing in Shares 33 Chapter 4: Assessing the Risks 43 Chapter 5: Getting to Know the Stock Markets 57 Part II: Before You Start Buying 65 Chapter 6: Gathering Information 67 Chapter 7: Finding a Stockbroker 87 Chapter 8: Investing for Growth 99 Chapter 9: Investing for Income 111 Chapter 10: Using Basic Accounting to Choose Winning Shares 123 Part III: Picking Winners 139 Chapter 11: Decoding Company Documents 141 Chapter 12: Analysing Industries 153 Chapter 13: Emerging Sector Opportunities 163 Chapter 14: Pounds, Prices and Politics 175 Part IV: Investment Strategies and Tactics 187 Chapter 15: Taking the Bull (Or Bear) by the Horns 189 Chapter 16: Choosing a Strategy That?s Just Right for You 201 Chapter 17: Using Your Broker and Trading Techniques 209 Chapter 18: Getting a Handle on DPPs, DRIPs and PCA . . . ASAP 225 Chapter 19: Looking at What the Insiders Do: Corporate Capers 235 Chapter 20: Tax Benefi ts and Liabilities 247 Chapter 21: Creating a Smarter Portfolio with Lower-Cost Funds 257 Part V: The Part of Tens 277 Chapter 22: Ten Warning Signs of a Share's Decline 279 Chapter 23: Ten Signals of a Share Price Increase 287 Chapter 24: Ten Ways to Protect Yourself from Fraud 293 Chapter 25: Ten Challenges and Opportunities for Stock Market Investors 301 Part VI: Appendixes 307 Appendix A: Resources for Investors in Shares 309 Appendix B: Financial Ratios and Accounting Terms 319 Index 329

About the Author

David Stevenson is a columnist for the Financial Times where he writes the 'Adventurous Investor' section. He has also written three books in the Financial Times Series and is a columnist for Investors Chronicle. Paul Mladjenovic is a certified financial planner and investment consultant with many years' experience of teaching and writing about share investment.

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