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One Up On Wall Street: How To Use What You Already Know To Make Money In Kindle Edition
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About the Author
John Rothchild was formerly a financial columnist for Time and Fortune magazines.
- ASIN : B006YDFYW6
- Publisher : Simon & Schuster; 2nd edition (February 28, 2012)
- Publication date : February 28, 2012
- Language : English
- File size : 24806 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 334 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #8,246 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Now, back to the book. This book is known for emphasizing some of the advantages that individual investors have (say, over institutional ones) when it comes to finding investment opportunities. One of these advantages relates to the fact that -due to mandate or sheer size- institutional managers cannot even start considering investing in small caps. This leads to a second advantage, which is that individual investors can find very attractive opportunities by just looking around them. This advantage is even more true today considering the easy access everybody has to stock and company related data.
This is one of those books where, If you randomly pick a paragraph on any page, it will find a way to keep you engaged. The writing style is just too good. And I think it is that good because this man is pure wisdom. He could sit in front of me for the rest of my life and that probably would not be enough time for him to pass on all his knowledge. He was an investor, a trader, an equity analyst, a portfolio manager, and a businessman all in one. Incredible!
The three sections I found most valuable are these:
1- company/stock classification (slow/fast growers, stalwarts, turnarounds, etc)
2- description of the characteristics of a fast grower or 10-bagger.
3- details of the effect of interest rates on the markets’ historical P/E ratio.
Do yourself a favor a read this book. You won’t regret it.
His main premise is that individuals, such as me and you, take part in the economy and are well aware of new trends and investing opportunities. By being aware and doing diligent homework before investing, you can find numerous "baggers" - stocks which increase by multiples over time - that can make you quite wealthy. In fact, Lynch points out this gives the average person an edge against professional investors, thus giving the book it's title. Throughout the book he details his ideas and methods for analyzing companies and serves as a good foundation to the value oriented investors. The author also seems to have a good sense of humor (like Buffett) which makes the book joyful to read.
The only downside of the book which I can find is that it is a bit outdated as it was written decades ago. Much has happened since then such as the dotcom bubble and the 2008 recession. But I find this a minor issue as the lessons and techniques detailed in the book are general enough to apply broadly. It in no way takes anything away from the quality of the book.
I still think its a great book, but he is giving the average individual investor too much credit on being able to interpret what the financial statements are really saying and how to think about valuation of the stock. I really like his take on being aware of what you are seeing and hearing around you (not on TV or the web) as you walk through the mall to see the hot stores with the crowds, listen to your kids on hot products or fashions, etc. But once you get these ideas and then analyze the financial statements and valuation, most will want to also bounce the idea off a professional (financial adviser) or at least use a quantitative service like zacks.
That said, much of this book is repeated in his other books.
It is a fun, interesting, and potentially useful book if you are interested in high level investing. This book has less useful advice for the small investor than some of this other books.
Mr. Lynch's writing style is engaging and interesting.
All in all, a good book.
Top reviews from other countries
This is a charming book written by a modest and engaging character, full of great anecdotes and sound advice. It has a place in my top twenty books on investing. Thoroughly recommended,.
I particularly like the sections where he details some of his investments (good and bad) and includes the charts explaining where he bought and sold and the reasoning behind that. Peter actually goes quite in depth on some of his biggest mistakes which is a really nice touch and takes it away from being overly preachy like a lot of other investment books.
So far I've read it twice and I fully intend to read it again.
It's an entertaining read which I think provides a lot of fundamentals for being a long term investor, and how to keep your head about you during bad and good times.
I will say that the author is a self proclaimed techno-phobe (despite having a large holding in Apple when he wrote the book), and mentions that he's inclined to steer clear of tech companies. As clever as this was before the dot.com crash it isn't great advice in 2020.
In one place he is dismissive of technical analysis, so do not expect that.
Given that this was written 20 years ago, it is remarkable that so many good principles, and bad practices, can be seen widely today.
Worth reading, even if you do not follow the Lynch approach.
Reviewed in India on June 28, 2018