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Understanding Stocks

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Revised and updated--the new edition of the stock investing classic is packed with powerful new strategies for today's market realities

"Understanding Stocks, Second Edition" gives you the information you need to do everything from opening an account to making informed decisions when evaluating stocks and making trades. New chapters cover short selling, alternative investme
Paperback, 2nd Edition, 253 pages
Published January 6th 2014 by McGraw-Hill Education (first published August 19th 2003)
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Baqer Al-katab
Feb 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What I liked in this book is that it is really simple in the way it explains the basics of investing and trading in stock market and how it operates for the ones that have no idea what the stock market is all about. Whether you want to start in this field or just curious about this topic, I highly recommend it to you as the stock market is the backbone of the economy.
Michael Fox
Jul 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Great information in here not just for newbie traders. He gives you many valuable resources to help in researching companies for long term investments and short term strategies. It is also a great primer if you are completely new to indicators and technical trading off the charts. The only thing you will not read much about here is risk management, which I believe is a huge reason why most traders fail. Otherwise it is a solid book.
Asma Almalki
Nov 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
الكتاب جدا ممتاز اذا كنت مبتديء في عالم الاسهم
مفصل جدا وشارح من بداية تاريخ الاسهم الى حتى كيف تفتح حساب خاص فيك للتداول على الانترنت
وشارح كل الطرق للبيع والشراء , والحيل اللي ممكن تمارس عليك, وكيف تفهم وتحلل سوق الاسهم بنفسك
ويعطيك مراجع من كتب ومواقع للانترنت كثيرة جدا
وأفضل شيء انه بيقدم نصائح شخصيه من خبرته وقصص وأمثله عشان يدعم المفاهيم
الشي السلبي الوحيد اللي ممكن أذكره انه موجه أكثر للمستثمرين وليس للمضاربين
Harith Alrashid
كتاب جيد للمبتدئين ولكن المشكلة ان هناك ادوات استثمارية موجودة في السوق الامريكي ليست موجودة في اسواقنا مثل الخيارات وصناديق المؤشرات لكن في المجمل هو كتاب جيد مكتوب بلغة واشحة وامثلة شارحة حتى للممتعمقين في الاسهم سيجد في هذا الكتاب بعض الفوائد خاصة مايتعلق باستراتيجيات التداول
May 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book for beginners

Thinking of investing? This should be the first book you read! Sincere explains the concepts simply and provides plenty of examples to drill in the concepts.
Alaa Bahabri
Sep 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
كتاب ممتاز للمبتدأين في الأسهم
يشرح فكرة الأسهم منذ البداية وتاريخها، ثم اتجاهات السوق،\
وأهم ما عليك كمبتدأ تعلمه
Eric Tan
Feb 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Explanation is very clear cut, no fluff. This book is great if you absolutely have no idea about the stock market and are in need of advice on how to trade and the pitfall mistakes to look out for.
Feb 27, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a good book I picked up at the library for reviewing basic fundamentals regarding stocks and the market. Remember how to calculate a P/E ratio and what it means? What about ROE, EPS, analysts upgrades and downgrades? Do you know how to read a stock chart? What is support and resistance?

However, this book turned out to be very interesting because it was published between the technology crash/recession of 2000 and the real estate bubble/banking crash/recession that hit in 2008. It was fasc
Lujun Fang
Nov 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is good first book to read for any one interested in stock market. It introduces basics ideas involved in how to invest in stocks, and some general advises about whether and how to invest in stocks. The concepts and ideas discussed are comprehensive but at basic level and easy to understand. I personally liked the comprehensiveness and easiness since that's what I am looking for in an introductory book - being introduced to all necessary concepts without diving into details. That's being sa ...more
May 16, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good overview of equities for the beginner. Some sections are not particularly detailed, but for the most part this is a good start. The author offers a good list of recommendations of what to read after this.
If you are past general "investment advice" books, this is a great start for understanding equities.
Jon Ip
Jun 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this book in high school and it was a perfect resource for the time.

The first page of the book literally goes to answer "What is the stock market?" Shortly followed by "What is a stock?" and "How do I buy a stock?" Later, it explains common terms and metrics used in market and eventually it covers several investing strategies.

Excellent first resource!
Micah Rasmussen
(187 pages)
This book explains to the average person what the stock market is and how it works. This really helped me begin to understand what exactly the stock market is and why it's so important. I would suggest this book to read if you don't know anything about the stock market. Great book!
William Burage
Jan 17, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very insightful book..... Offers greats information to people who are looking at investing for the first time!! This book offers a lot of information... Take a lot of notes!!!! Enjoy!!!!
Ammar Alhaddad
Sep 29, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very basic if you have no idea about stocks.
Steven Turner
Nov 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
A great introduction to the stock market and investing in general.
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Michael Sincere ( is the author of a number of investment and trading books, including "Understanding Stocks 2E" (McGraw-Hill) the bestselling "Understanding Options 2E" (McGraw-Hill), "All About Market Indicators" (McGraw-Hill), and "Start Day Trading Now" (Adams Media).

Sincere has written hundreds of columns and magazine articles on investing and trading, including a month