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The Beardstown Ladies' Common-Sense Investment Guide: How We Beat the Stock Market - And How You Can Too

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Already role models for thousands of investors, the Beardstown Ladies--16 savvy women from rural Beardstown, Illinois--have beaten the stock market for more than a decade. This guide includes step-by-step instructions for their investment strategies, plus illustrative anecdotes that will show even the most inexperienced investor how to devise a personal financial plan. Pho ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published January 25th 1996 by Hyperion (first published January 1st 1995)
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Nov 19, 2015 Jaysonrussell rated it liked it
The Common Sense investment Guide written by the Beards Town Ladies is a novel filled with lots of facts, anecdotes, and brief sections on the broad topic of investments(stocks).As you read this book it starts of with the journey of the first lady of the Beards Town Ladies, Shirley. Then the book provides testimonies of the different ladies within the club. But as you read, the book provides different topics but, every topic builds off of itself in order to understand each concept.For example, ...more
Nov 17, 2015 Jay rated it liked it
As i began to read this book i began to not like it, but as i read on i fell in love with it for many reasons. A huge reason the amount of information it provides on various different subject of the broad topic of investing. Secondly for me being a beginner in investing the book was very insightful. Also if your interested in investing and your a beginner this book is a great ground level book for you to start educating your self with. For instance this book shows you the stock charts work and d ...more
Jun 11, 2010 Megan rated it liked it
This is a good little intro to investments. I borrowed the book and skimmed over the investment club info (too much of a control freak to put my money in an investment club!) and read through the basics of investing. The information is somewhat dated in the age of online brokers, but the basics of evaluating stocks are completely relevant. I decided it was time to put my business to use and apply what I learned long ago in accounting and finance. These women prove that an everday person can inve ...more
Jan 15, 2010 Andrés rated it it was ok
A decent though not great financial guide. It covers in general terms: stocks, bonds, retirement, and home purchasing. This broad view is good, but it leaves the reader without any specific advice and even without a good grasp of the particulars. You're essentially left with a folksy image but little substance, not the sort of way you want to start planning your financial future.
Sep 03, 2009 Gardavson rated it liked it
I read this book because I am from Beardstown and I know many of the ladies in this group. I think what I liked best was that this book was about everyday women, who in no way stand out as super spectacular savvy people. Oh, they are each special in their own way, as everyone is, but these are small town, home grown, river people. It made it endearing to me.
Jun 06, 2016 Sandra rated it really liked it
Excellent although it may be out of date now.
Jan 31, 2009 Donald rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I remember reading this and thinking, 'gee, those gals have their shit together'. Later I learned they were uncovered and found to be full of shit.
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Jul 28, 2010 Wendy Hollister rated it liked it
very basic philosophy on saving money and starting when you are young.
Dec 20, 2008 Edward rated it liked it
Helpful information for those interested in managing their own investments.
Apr 26, 2009 Voin rated it liked it
was usable when I read it back in '95
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