Investing 101

ISBN-10: 1576603075
ISBN-13: 9781576603079
Edition: 2nd 2008 (Revised)
Authors: Kathy Kristof
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Book details

List price: $18.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 8/1/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 260
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

People wanting basic advise about stocks, bonds, mutual funds, retirement planning, and tax strategies are often frustrated by information overload. Picking the right book often seems as daunting as deciding what to do with their savings and investments. "Investing 101" removes both roadblocks, putting people on a path they can understand and stick with. Kristof is renowned for taking the mystery and anxiety out of investing by keeping choices manageable.

Kristof is a Los Angeles Times business writer nationally known for her twice-weekly syndicated personal finance column, "Your Money."

Introduction
Fixing Money Problems
Finding and fixing the psychological ills that keep us from investing wisely
Risk and Reward
The basics about how taking a few risks can reap long-term benefits
The Starting Point
How to allocate your assets based on your goals
Diversification
Dividing your assets among different investment categories is easier when you think about what different types of investments can do for you, rather than what they are. When you boil things down that way, there are just five investment categories, each of which offers an array of specific investments. Here are the categories and the choices within them
Picking Individual Stocks
Using fundamental indicators of value to pick good stocks
Tough Sell
How to figure out when it's time to call it quits with an investment
Investing in Bonds
Where to put bonds in your portfolio and which bonds to choose
Mutual Funds
A primer on mutual funds, from what they are to where to find one that suits your needs
Socially Responsible Investing
What socially responsible investing is about and how to find socially conscious mutual funds
Real Estate Investment Trusts
REITs allow individuals to invest in commercial real estate to diversify their portfolio and stabilize investment returns
International Investing
The basics on investing outside of the United States
Tax-Favored Investing
Uncle Sam gives Americans lots of ways to defer taxes while we save. Using these tax-favored vehicles can give your portfolio a boost. Here are your choices and what they can do for you
Starting Small
Think you can't invest because you don't have a pile of cash to start? Never fear. There are several choices for people with as little as $20 or $25 a month
The Lazy Investor's Portfolio Planner
The quintessential hands-off portfolio for the wise investor with very little time on his hands. You can do well quickly and easily with only a few hours a year
How to Fix Your Broken Records
Record keeping is one of the most important-and widely ignored-steps in wise investing. But good records can help you monitor your portfolio and help you determine when to buy and sell. They can also save you a small fortune in taxes
Getting Help
Read it all, but still don't want to go it alone? Here's a quick guide on how to hire someone to help you
Glossary
Definitions for commonly used jargon so you can interpret Wall Street speak
Index
Worksheet Reference
Monthly Budget
Risk Quiz: How Much Risk Can You Take?
College Cost Calculator
Is It a Buy?
Calculating the Tax Implications of Selling Too Soon
Picking a Fund That Suits You
Determining What You Have
Cash
Income Investments
Growth Investments
Real Estate
Debt
Keeping Tabs on Your Investments

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