The Beardstown Ladies' Common-Sense Investment Guide: How We Beat the Stock Market - And How You Can Too
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 26th 1995)
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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
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.
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.