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The Motley Fool's You Have More Than You Think

3.58 of 5 stars 3.58  ·  rating details  ·  214 ratings  ·  21 reviews
From a thorough review of how money gets misspent to seven saving strategies, the Fools help readers get their finances in order and begin their investment careers with any amount of money, no matter how small.
Paperback, 302 pages
Published December 1st 1999 by Simon & Schuster (first published 1997)
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Jul 29, 2007 Josh rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone who has any money and doesn't know what to do with it
EXCELLENT READ. So, here in the good ol' US of A, we don't do much in the way of educating our children about how to save and spend money. Therefore, even as a college graduate, I felt like I had *absolutely no idea* what to do with my income. Of course, I knew that blowing it all on Twinkies and DVDs was a bad idea, but I did not know what was a *good* idea. After reading this book, I felt like I had it all figured out.

The Motley Fool is all about living your life, and using your money wisely....more
OK, I just like these guys. And in business, like most fields, likeability is king. However, if you can't produce, likeability won't get you much further. These books, by and large, are short and to the point. And they come from the two down home Gardner brothers who tell it like it is. These guys still look like two college kids looking to make good. And these books are good. Buy 'em all and get educated about a topic that our educational and financial institutions drop the ball on but is more...more
a easy reading investment book that starts off with getting people to save and pay off their credit card debt. Then it quickly explains some important keys to investing such as the fact that mutual funds do not beat the market average so index funds may be a better way to go. They also explain a few other ways one can invest such as with DRiPS, but their most worthy point is explaining how important compounding interest is. The book definitely got me to realize the short term investing I have be...more
Derek Emerson
Okay -- I read a finance book and am alive to talk about it. Overall I really liked the book, but some material was dated. However, they act like you don't know anything about finances and since I don't, it was good. Best advice -- don't try to save money by brushing your teeth with your fingers. Live a comfortable life and go after the big money issues. I learned a lot about the stock market as well and it was all commonsense. Another good piece of advice: skip being tied to your budget since i...more
I was a little uncertain how to rate this because for a finance book, it is quite entertaining and easy to read. But, compared to a non-finance "fun" read, it is on the boring side. So, if you want to read a finance book, this is a great one with more of light hearted and easy to read approach. If you want something entertaining to read while riding the bus, choose something else.
I liked that this book is for people like me who know nothing about the stock market. It is a light-hearted approach that convinces you that you can understand investing. It did get a bit repetative though, but gives a lot of great pointers for beginners.
Saadiq Wolford
A very solid introduction to investing and personal finance management. After reading, I have a much greater understanding of my previous (and current) mistakes and what steps my wife and I need to take to build a secure financial future.

Claire Stewart
Aug 21, 2007 Claire Stewart rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone!
Anyone who wants to retire with an ample nest egg should read this book! With its help, I made a really informed decision about my 401K at work. No one I know in their early twenties.thirties is well enough informed about smart finance.
Rusty N
Great book. The style of writing is very exciting and fast paced. Yet somehow they teach you a lot. It really covers the foundations and principles behind good money management, making big purchases and the basics of investment.
I didn't read this, but my husband raved about it. Found it to be the most helpful book in terms of investing and stocks. Inspired him to take over our stocks and manage it himself. Highly reccomended.
The numbers are all pretty dated and the concept are pretty basic but worth a look if you haven't read much on the topic (investing) before.
Austin Spears
I really like these guys. They really know their stuff. If you want to put money into the market, read all of there books.

Good cheerleading, but if you buy an older version of this book, IGNORE the Foolish Four strategy! It's been proven unsound.
Mark Woodbury
I thought this book gave simple ideas on how to do little things that allow you to hold onto your money.
Easy to read, gives some good advice without going into too much detail for those of us who don't want it.
Apr 01, 2010 Loren rated it 5 of 5 stars
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One of the best books out there for investing beginners...and these guys actually know how to write.
Mike Nilson
Gave some great pointers about the importance of watching your dollars instead of pinching pennies
Great for financial dummies like myself. A suprisingly easy and fun book book to read.
A book on personal finance that offers some practical advice.
Not very readable--Gave up 1/2 way thru.
Great insights into financial attitudes/tactics.
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Tom and David Gardner cofounded The Motley Fool, a multi-media financial education company, in 1993. Since then they have co-authored four New York Times bestsellers, including The Motley Fool Investment Guide and The Motley Fool's Rule Breakers, Rule Makers.
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