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Do you have a few investments that you would like to develop into a full investment plan? Would you like to know how to strengthen your portfolio? Perhaps you want to roll your 401(k) into a new plan? Whatever your agenda is, nowadays it-s hard to find good advice on where to invest your money.

Now you-ll have the ultimate one-stop, no-nonsense guide to investing with Investing for Dummies, Fourth Edition! This updated bestseller provides fresh data and analysis on where to put your money and how to improve returns on IRAs and 401(k)s, as well as investing fundamentals like examining your investment options and considering risks and returns. You-ll have all the tools you need to:

  • Investigate and purchase individual stocks
  • Buy bonds and other lending investments
  • Select the right mutual fund
  • Invest in the best stock, bond, and money market funds
  • Choose a worthy brokerage firm
  • Know when to invest in real estate
  • Start and run your own small business
  • Gather a collection of reliable investment resources

This handy reference is packed with tips and advice on how to conquer important investment obstacles and what to consider when selling an investment, as well as how to invest in a down market. With Investing for Dummies, Fourth Edition, you-ll soon have the power to turbo-charge your investment and maximize your returns!



Investing for Dummies is a good, all-around investment guide for the rest of us. Author Eric Tyson covers all aspects of investing, from stocks and bonds to real estate and collectibles. Tyson points readers towards investments that actually work and raises warning flags about strategies you should avoid. The book also considers whether starting and running your business can be a good investment option. If you're looking for a good place to start building a secure financial future, this is it.

Customer Reviews:

  • un libro sencillo
    es una obra con un lenguaje sencillo, no altamente tecnificado, donde el autor ofrece un particular punto de vista de la planificaci¨®n financiera personal, haciendole opocision a otros autores como r kiyosaki.

    lo recomiendo altamente,...more info
  • Pretty lame. Definately for beginners.
    I was surprised that this book didn't go into greater detail with regards to stock market investing and company research. I've only been investing for about 2 years now, but I learned very little from the book that I didn't already know. The information given is very basic and general, so unless you're a true beginner, you probably won't pick up much either....more info
  • I have to say
    This is a great book and I use some of the methods for my subscribers....more info
  • One of, if now the best sources for first time investors
    This was the first book I read when I got into investing. It's an informative, easy, and inspiring read that won't put you to sleep. It's humorus also. I would highly reccomend this book to any young person who wants to learn how to invest, but doesn't know where to start. Well worth the initial investment of time and money:)...more info
  • Great Book, Unbiased Information
    This book will provide you with the knowledge and the conceptual 'tools' that you'll need to evaluate your personal situation and develop an investing strategy based on cold, hard facts. If you're serious about being able to form your *own* opinion regarding how you should invest your money, throw out "Rich Dad, Richer Author" and buy this book.

    It's written clearly in understandable language that those foreign to investing can understand, and is loaded with humor that makes learning about such a dry topic as painless as possible.

    Much like any "101" (introductory-level) college course, this book provides a wide 'buffet-type' variety of information on all major topics that pertain to investing strategy. That is, there is more breadth than depth in the topics that are covered. Basically, after getting the facts from this book as laid out by Tyson, you'll be armed with a *very* solid base knowledgability in investing that will allow you to figure out exactly how and where to dig deeper to actually implement your strategy.

    Like it or not, learning (properly) about a topic as complex as investing takes time. This book is where I'd recommend that most people that had minimal knowledge (like myself) start off learning in order to firmly grasp all of the most important fundamental concepts before they continue on to more advanced topics. ...more info
  • Good investment book by Tyson
    This book is especially good for beginners. I bought this for my son and daughter-in-law along with Millionaire Next Door.Tyson covers all the bases and writes in an easy to understand and enjoyable manner. Even if you are not new to investing, you will learn a thing or two.Also recommend Millionaire Next Door and Rich Dad, Poor Dad....more info
  • Investing for Dummies
    I bought this for my daughter, who is taking this a college course.
    She seems to be happy with it. She asked for this book it as the instructor told her she needed it for the class. Sorry I can't give you more info but I am sure it's a good book.

    Kathy in Las Vegas...more info
  • Not for dummies
    This book is definitely not for the uninitiated. I was expecting the book to "spell out" how stock/bond markets work eg. what happens when a bond matures or what does the author mean by the "value" of a bond. Although a useful supplement, it probably should not be the first book you read on investing....more info
  • Excellent soup to nuts investing book
    This book covers all the bases and provided lots of great insights and ideas. I actually read Eric Tyson's Mutual Fund for Dummies first which I also thought was excellent.

    Covers traditional investments as well as real estate and small business. Coverage of online resources and software also was strong. Highly, highly recommended...more info

  • Investing for Dummies
    This is a clear and concise book for people like myself who are starting to look closely at investing and it gives very good advice and assumes that the reader has no knowledge of investing (true in my case). It warns of the pitfalls as well and can be read straight thru, or by any chapter that you wish to know more about. I would recommend this book to the beginner.
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  • Disappointing, even for a "For Dummies" title.
    I've read a gang in the "For Dummies" series because even of the subjects that I've had experience with, the series by and large still manages to do a few things, regardless of the subject matter it focuses on, surprisingly well.

    A) Summarizes the given subject clearly.

    B) Teaches a few things I didn't know.

    C) Demystifies the complexity of the subject, often with humor.

    D) Makes me more proficient at doing something.

    This book on investing does none of the above and, in my opinion, my experienced opinion, is outdated and therefore often WRONG, siting concepts and conventions from the Gomez Addams era of investing. Additionally, it tries to cover so many bases that an understanding of any of them is impossible. The point of the For Dummies series is to get you to have an overall grasp of a subject. I fear that this attempt gives enough information to make some bad investments based on insufficient information. Perhaps the ones more specific, for Stocks, Real Estate, Mutual Funds, etc., may be more concise and therefore, perhaps, more helpful, I can't see this book helping anyone to invest in any class of assets correctly. Perhaps the scope of this book was too ambitious, but then again the author should have known that.

    People who work in the investment field rarely share valid or useful information. It's kind of a black box industry that would prefer you to pay them to handle your financial interests. The author here (I won't even bother to walk ten feet to my bookshelf to get his name) is no different. The information given in this book is likely a bunch of advice you've already heard, like holding long is good and trading is bad, for one. The fact is that it all depends on many factors whether it is better to hold an investment long or trade it. His advice is miserably oversimplified for todays environment and the information presented is often JUST PLAIN WRONG because of the oversimplification. I won't get into it more. The only time I'll spend here is to steer you toward authors who may give you some valid investing insight geared for today. They definitely did for me, even after I had a foundation with investing. William O'Neil, Ken Fisher and James Cramer to name a few. Just not this Bozo.

    This is about making or losing YOU a whole bunch of YOUR money, not something fiscally innocuous like trying to understand an operating system. This man should be ashamed of himself for knowing better and you should steer clear....more info
  • My new favorite investing book
    I bought this book thinking that it would be a very basic book that would teach about the world of investing. While the book does a spectacularly wonderful job at covering the basics, I also gained a number of powerful insights that I didn't from reading more "advanced" investing books. The discussion of how the financial markets work was a real eye opener as was the insight that many people who accumulate great wealth do so not through investing in stocks but through small business. With the U.S. stock market at such nose bleed high levels, that alternative makes sense to me! The author also clearly lays out the case against following market gurus predictions....more info
  • Lacking - as a stand alone product
    This review is for the audio version only. The book may have had documents and examples that may prove more useful.

    In the audio format there proved to be very few good nuggets of information.
    I listened to the entire audio version in my car on the way to work. I didn't have to stop once to jot down anything important.

    It is too bad the disk didn't have a few .pdf files that could have been printed off to support the content of the book.

    I would suggest one of Peter Lynch's books instead...more info
  • Practical Introduction for Beginners
    Considering that I know hardly anything about investing in stocks, real estate, etc., this book was a very good one because it introduced me to the basics. It starts with each topic on "level one" and gradually leads you to the level where you understand the topic but do not have useless information. It discusses stocks and bonds, real estate, portfolio buiding, and even the interesting psychological obstacles in investing. I thought an interesting idea was that to succeed long term in mutual fund investing, your portfolio must be diversified and well-researched. This book also discusses the pros and cons of having a financial advisor, and gives resources for more information. The book has cartoons, which add humor and taught me how investing would be applied to my life. The section of the book least applicable to me was about running and buying business, but it was interesting nevertheless. It was a great introduction to investing and I feel much more prepared than I did before reading the book....more info
  • Very comphrehensive. Realistic, doable
    I like this book by Eric Tyson. It is idea for both the novice investor as well as experienced. You will find great information on investing in stocks and mutual funds.It is also written in plain english so anyone can understand it. You don't have to be a Wall Streeter to appreciate the information in here.I also recommend Eric's Personal Finance for Dummies to fine tune your personal finance know how.Great books Eric!...more info
  • Lots of Throat-Clearing and Caveats
    The "Dummies" franchise is built on giving accessible information quickly. This book has the information, but loses points on the "quickly" portion. There's a lot of writerly throat-clearing. Some good advice: Skip the first 3 pp of each chapter and the first couple of chapters. Save yourself the time. The writer is just warming up his computer. Also, you've got to deduct a few points for the lengthy caveats. The writer spends an inordinate amount of time warning the reader not to be overly-enthusiastic about the market. At least 20% of the book can be synopsized as: "Don't be heedy; the market goes down as well as up." Okay, we get the point. That said, once you get past the throat-clearing and caveats you get some information-dense material on investing. Worth reading. ...more info
  • Really Helpful
    I knew very little about this subject and this was a great introduction. It's easy to read with a dash of decent humor....more info
  • Another Outstanding Book by Eric Tyson
    This book is clearly written and the presentation of ideas, the analysis and the conclusions are intelligent and spot-on. You really learn a lot about investing from Mr. Tyson that will help guide you in your investing. I have also read his Personal Finance, Real Estate and Mutual Fund books in the Dummies series. I recommend them all. Personally, this book and the one on Mutual Funds have served me the best.

    All spectrum of investors--newcomers to experienced-- can benefit from his books. Interestingly, one of the truly great ironies of my entire life is that Mr. Tyson's books are published in a series that is putatively aimed at "Dummies"--when his books will really benefit truly intelligent, in-depth readers who really care about knowledge and what to do with it. Essential Reading!!!
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  • Money management
    Second time around. I bought one of the first editions of this book back in 1997 or 1998. The 4 th edition is a little more up to date as far as the mutual funds/bond funds. This is the best book out there for someone who is about to be in charge of there financies(ie. graduating from school or getting married). If you can discipline your spending this will help you accumalate assets....more info
  • Definitely "for Dummies"
    I've read several "for Dummies" books, and in general the entire series is well written, concise, and gives you what you really need. However, I was very disappointed in this one. The book is really dedicated to the three methods of building wealth: equity (stocks, mutual funds, etc.), real estate, and small business. But there isn't enough info on any of the three subjects to do much with. You're better off getting a separate book on real estate if you plan on pursuing that. And nothing he says regarding small business is of much use to accomplish anything. That leaves stocks, bonds and mutual funds, which is what most users would purchase this book for. Regarding that, if you are completely new to mutual funds then this is the book for you as it will explain the basics. However, if you are beyond the very basics (i.e.; "What is a mutual fund?"), and are looking to seriously invest, then I think you'll be disappointed. And if you are looking to get into buying stocks directly, then this book seriously falls short. The entire section on stocks really just explains a canned stock report from a given company. Utterly useless unless you plan on subscribing to that service. No talk of forward PE's, valuation, etc.. Also, the author's continual insistence that you should stay in mutual funds because you "can't beat the market" since there are so many pros out there is utterly ridiculous. There are many gurus out there that have proven track records of generating higher than average returns. Just emulating Warren Buffet's portfolio will do that.

    I was looking for a book to dig more into stock valuation, company analysis, etc. and this book barely even touched on any of that beyond definitions. I wouldn't even call it Finance 101, since there is very little about monetary policy, bonds, interest rates, etc.. If you've picked out at least one mutual fund in your life (or purchased a stock directly), then this book is way too simple. If you tremble at the thought of picking a mutual fund and have no financial sense whatsoever, then this is your book.

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  • Excellent book for beginners
    I bought this book on Monday night and finished it on Thursday. Great information on a variety of subjects. I am taking what I read and opening an account within a week of finishing this book. I recommend to anyone who is thinking of opening a brokerage account. Well worth the money....more info
  • Investing for Dummies
    I bought this for my daughter, who is taking this a college course.
    She seems to be happy with it. She asked for this book it as the instructor told her she needed it for the class. Sorry I can't give you more info but I am sure it's a good book.

    Kathy in Las Vegas...more info
  • Helps you build a solid foundation for further reading
    I have been investing in stocks, mutuals funds and real estate for about 8 years without ever reading a book on the topic. I bought this book to learn the nuts and bolts of investing. Despite the fact that I am not a beginner I still found the book informative. For example, Tyson says when a stock plummets don't bale out, buy some more at the lower price. I baled out of amazon.com at $11 and of course I deeply regret it now. I have since learned to hold during the bad times and now I am in profit territory with all of my stocks. He suggests that college savings accounts, such as 529 plans, may be a bad idea because it could hurt your child's chances of getting financial aid. He explains how bonds can go down in value and says instead of buying individual bonds it is better to buy bond mutual funds. I had been wary of bonds before reading this book, now I am thinking about buying a bond fund in the interests of diversification.

    I didn't agree with Tyson on everything. He is more conservative than I am. I am only in my early 30s, so I believe I am young enough to take some financial risks. Also, he believes that it is a bad idea to pick your own stocks. Yet he also says that if you buy good companies and hold for several years you will always come out ahead as long as you have a diversified portfolio. I see no reason to pay a financial planner (who may put his/her own interests ahead of mine) to do this for me.

    One thing I really like about the book is that he doesn't just focus on financial instruments. He also discusses investing in both real estate and small businesses. I will be buying a franchise within the next year and I found this information very helpful. Of course, I will need to do further reading on this topic.

    This is an excellent book that I had a hard time putting down. If you want to learn more about investing I suggest that you start with this book. It will provide a solid foundation, and help you move onto more complicated financial books and magazines....more info

  • Examining Your Investment Choices
    I found this book to be outstanding. It helps to dispel many investment myths and provides sound advice, while setting forth the essential information that will enable you to become a well-informed investor. The book mainly covers the basics, but it is an excellent and comprehensive starting point. I have taken much from this book and have already begun making changes in my financial life. I have begun building wealth rather than simply saving my money.

    Main areas covered include real estate investing, stock & bond investing and small business investing. There are tips, warnings, reminders, technical information icons on every page that usher you through the book. If you pick this book up, you're already proving to be more than a "dummy", as it is explained early on in the book that being confused by and ignorant about investing is one of the main reasons that people don't live as comfortably as they could or should be....more info
  • A True Textbook
    I received the book at the library. I have never read a "Dummie" book. I certainly obtained a real education. I have been an investor for many years but in todays world there are so many new "Words" and jargon I thought it would be a good read. As I progressed I realized the book was older and ordered a up to date from Amazon. I will always use it for reference and will read it again as I have this one. I would suggest anyone wanting to understand how to purchase stock and operate in the market read this book. You will understand a lot when you do. ...more info
  • Investing for Dummies - Good book by Tyson
    I really liked Personal Finance for Dummies. An easy read and high on content.Investing for Dummies is a great investment book. Also a easy read but packed with worthwhile information.My only argument is the title. This book is not for dummies. Although, if you read it and don't apply it's contents, you may become a dummy.Good book....more info
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    I thought this book was extremely informative and well written, I especially like how they worded it so the average layman could understand it in plain English. In my humble opinion we need more books like this thats why I gave it five stars. I've read all of the authors other books and I've always received them well, can't wait for the next one....more info
  • Mandatory Reading for Personal Investors
    If you plan on investing, either by hiring a broker or doing it yourself, you owe it to yourself to read this book. It covers the range of potential investments, from stock and mutual funds to small business and real estate investing.

    It is true that Tyson seems biased towards Vanguard's mutual funds and this book, like his other books on mutual funds and personal finance, carries that tradition forward. In this regard, Tyson is in good company: Vanguard is also highly rated by Consumer Reports and it consistently has the lowest costs. So far, Vanguard has avoided any hint of scandal that has plagued other mutual funds....more info

  • Author is longwinded - too many pages
    For you folks who don't understand investing at all, it may be the book for you. For experienced folks, there are better books to be reading. Eric Tyson the author seems quite longwinded, convoluted, and I get impatient with the fluff in his books. His book demonstrates mainstream/general knowledge, and offers little new knowledge. He seems to fear taking risks in demonstrating unconventional strategies....more info
  • Great!
    Great book, lays it all out in terms I can understand. I started investing based on this book, and I refer to it often....more info
  • Excellent, comprehensive and insightful
    I have an MBA and a CPA and I have been underwhelmed by most investing books. This one was great. I was especially impressed at the coverage of the securities markets, real estate and small business issues, where Tyson points out that people can make really high returns (which is a pipe dream in the stock market). I also just read Tyson's Small Business for Dummies which he co-wrote and it's another must read for anyone planning to start a business or running a small business....more info
  • Introduction to investing
    Tyson's book on investing presents useful information and covers just about all of the basic categories. This is a good place to begin learning about various investments. However, he book does not provide sufficiently detailed information for a anyone to become an active participant in some specific investment areas, and additional education is required for them.

    One serious omission is the lack of coverage about stock options. As a remedy, I recommend either THE SHORT BOOK ON OPTIONS (Wolfinger) or Options as a Strategic Investment (Macmillan)....more info

  • Especially relevant today
    I preface my review with saying that I am a huge fan of the For Dummies series in general and those written by Eric Tyson in particular. This is another well-written, highly informative book in the series regarding finance and investing. I often conduct seminars on the subject of investing, specifically in retirement accounts, and borrow heavily from the advice and explanations provided in this book. Although the subject matter demands more complexity, and therefore more attention, than the other For Dummies books, it is excellent for those willing to take the extra time. I personally learned a great deal regarding individual stock selection by learning how to understand a company's financial statements. As with any other For Dummies book, you can easily decide how deep you want to go on any given subject.

    I feel this book is especially relevant in an environment such as today, where many have equated investing with gambling. This statement may be true, if you don't understand the rules. However, this book provides a valuable service in explaining that investing, like anything else in life, will reward you to the extent that you are willing to take responsibility and understand how it works. For those willing to do so, I can not think of a better place to start than this book....more info

  • Very Good Book
    I wanted to start investing and read somewhere you should first do some studies. That's when I came across this book. Very well written, and in simple to understand language. I used to dread 401K, IRA, Mutual Funds, Bonds. Now I am confident I know about them and what I am investing into.
    Showed new ways to look at debts, as to if I clear my debt sooner, I am investing in something which gives be interest equal to the interest I pay the bank.

    I would recommend this book to all who want to get into investing but are hesitant or don't know where to get information from....more info
  • Great beginer for all just getting introduced to investments
    Mr. Tyson has a good approach at explaining the ins and outs of the investing world without all the technical jargon. He summarizes different aspects of investments from stocks/bonds/mutual funds and real estate. He does not leave out the fact that any investing is risky, and one should do his/her homework before taking the risk. But without risk there is no reward. This is a good intro into investments when one is ready to move on to more technical novels. Definitely give it a look over....more info
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    Great service. Condition of book was stellar and it was delivered in a very timely manner....more info
  • A great primer for Investing newbies!
    Like many of the Dummies books, Investing for Dummies really provides a great overview into the market, and various securities. A great starting book for people interested in expanding their knowledge of how the market works. I highly recommend, especially paired with the Wall Street Journals Guide to Understanding Money and Investing......more info