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It is time to get your money working for you. How to Own the World explains why you can and must learn about investment, and highlights the significant advantages you have over many finance professionals. The knowledge needed to grow your money isn’t complicated, just very poorly distributed throughout the population. Successful investment can turn hundreds into millions o ...more
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Published March 7th 2019 by John Murray Learning (first published October 21st 2015)
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Gwen
Apr 04, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: shite, money
This book is so bad. It's full of half-true stuff presented as amazing insights to prop up the author's doom-mongering and sell his wealth management services. He's like a financial Deepak Chopra - every once in a while he says something pithy and sensible, and it's enough to keep you reading the rest of the bilge.

I've got it open in front of me. On this page, he happens to say "If you had purchased gold ten years ago, you would have made five or six times your money by now."

Well that's easy to
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John
Apr 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: self-help
It took me a while but I have finally finished it. I think it’s a book you need to read and reflect as well as check the facts. I learnt a lot and wish this book had been around 15 years ago. Saying that it’s never to late to make good investment decisions and this book gives you the tools to do it.

I plan to implement the strategy and map my own route to owning the world. I agree with the two amazing facts about finance. First, compound interest is important. Second, never thanks to the Interne
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Alexandra Rijnoveanu
This book is absolutely essential if you want a basic understanding of how finances work and how to get your finances working for you. Must have for professionals with no finance knowledge or exposure.
Smilyan
Oct 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A must read for anyone that is looking to start working on sorting out their finances. The book also covers basics that we all should be familiar with.
Daniel Otway
Jan 12, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As someone who went into this book with next to no knowledge about investing, I'm happy to say that I am a lot more confident and knowledgable than I was before. While some parts of the book are rather repetitive at times, I feel it only helps drive some of the key points home. Overall, a great introduction for anyone looking to get into investing. ...more
JP Shields
Jan 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this book in just a few days, and it was pretty darn good. I've read a few books on investment and I would say if you can only read a couple of books on the subject get this and Naked Trader as the best foundation to start investing for yours and your families future.
This book has some similarities with books such as Mark Shipmans Investment boom - but has an edge in the fact it is pretty bang up to date with what is happening in the world.
There are going to be some major changes to the w
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NoBeatenPath
Aug 04, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
This was included in Kindle Unlimited, so cost me nothing extra. I thought it might be interesting.

Nope.

Despite all the promises, this gives no information that you probably couldn't have gotten reading a few mainstream websites - and I am no finance junkie or remotely interested beyond thinking what I should do for my later years. Seriously, the idea that compound interest is amazing, invest in tax-free savings and/or investment plans and spread your investments is not some magical new plan no-
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Keith
Aug 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you’re like me and considered yourself quite financially illiterate and have vastly ignored the world of economic planning, this is a powerful and enjoyable read. Not too complicated, but not patronising either. Grateful this exists!
Ferhat Culfaz
Aug 06, 2019 rated it liked it
Excellent for beginners, some good ideas and tips but too basic for people already familiar with the subject matter. Excellent bibliography.
Georgios Koutsogkilas
Sep 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Realy good book if you live in the UK and don't have the slightest idea about finances and economics. It explains all the basic principles of investing and gives solid advice for anyone who is an employee and wants to create a good retirement pot.
If you are an entrepreneur or have basic financial knowledge, just skip to the last 40 pages of the book for a bit more "advanced" knowledge. In total o good read if you belong in the first class of people if not you may better skip it for an book which
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Tom Dixon
Jun 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Literally the essential guide for anyone looking to sort their finances out and learn to invest.
I’ve followed this book religiously through a friend for the last 6 months and gain +25% on my self managed investments.
Compound interest is a great thing

Super simple, super effective.
Mahesh Kumar
Apr 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
No wonder, why you gave this title to book. Awesome! You have described everything sequentially and wonderfully. It has really expanded my mind and understandings. Indeed, I was in search of that book and thankfully, I got the opportunty to read it. Thank you Andrew Craig!
Ângelo
Oct 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: UK residents, people I care about
‘It is not because things are difficult that we dare not venture. It is because we dare not venture that they are difficult.’

I first heard of Andrew Craig (and saw him) during an investing webinar with Finimize. Needless to say that he made enough of an impression to make me procure this book, How to Own the World: A Plain English Guide to Thinking Globally and Investing Wisely.

This book will teach you how to take care of your money so it doesn't lose value, to grow your money, and most importa
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Alex
Great and down to earth guide on how to begin handling your personal finances. It is easy to understand and easy to follow through the many examples provided.

The blueprint of the book makes sense as well as it addresses people with varying levels of financial knowledge. It takes readers through the various types of assets and the most commonly used financial terminology, peppers this with a bit of budgeting and a very useful template to use yourself and ends with two potential approaches to inve
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Brad Revell
Oct 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: wealth, how-tos
I have read many finance books over the years however I do not consider myself to be a financial expert. Craig’s book on how to own the world really opened up my eyes to the world of finance, how to invest, diversify, and make money work for you.

Like most authors, Craig argues that the need to get control over your financial affairs has never been greater than today. Yet he also balances this argument by saying the opportunities, tools, blogs available today make investing for the mere Mum and
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Ben
Sep 02, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Notes while reading

research gold

Tortoise vs the hair

What goes up with inflation?

Save 10% of monthly income

Always look at real rather than nominal interest rates
⁃ hence money in cash devalues

Valuing shares
⁃ how much profit company is making and is likely to make in the future
⁃ P/E ratio
⁃ Lower P/E ratio means you’re paying less for the same amount of profit
⁃ Earnings yield
⁃ Book value
⁃ Chapter 7 pdf

Chapter 10 pdf
Importance of diversification and putting in a set amount each month to smooth market
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Robert Fitzsimmons
Start here to get your finances set up

After hitting my 30s and having 2 children I became a lot more interested in money as I had less of it despite salary going up.
This book explains it's not just the kids taking money but how to evaluate inflation (it's not simply what the bank of England says it is). And where to put a portion of your money to beat real inflation and actually have a retirement worth looking forward to rather than what a lot of my generation have done and give up on the conce
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Alan
Sep 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Saying a book changed my life may sound glib, but it really did. Helped me re-evaulate my whole approach to money, resulting in a summer of 2017 spent moving ISA and pensions, researching funds and shares, buying gold and bitcoin, learning basic technical analysis terms and signing up to daily newsletters.

Yes, the covers only basic financial knowledge, but it's the basics that they should teach you at school but don't. I'm frustrated at myself for not knowing this stuff until now. If you answere
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Andrew Waterhouse
Nov 17, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Don’t get me wrong, this book is probably the heaviest financial book I’ve read. There are times, particularly the last chapter where I felt lost - which is okay.
This book does a great job of expanding your mind. I found it tricky to rate, because going off my previous reviews I’d in fact recommend the other financial books I’ve read (and reviewed slightly more harshly) to properly understand this book that bit more.
How to own the world taught me the importance of quite a few things. In summar
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Antony
May 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Investment is somewhere between a can of worms, and a black art. Most people are somewhat aware that it's important to save for their future, and to make the most of their capital. But it's very difficult to understand how. There are hundreds of books on the topic, on a variety of often-magical ideas and strategies, yet none have proven themselves (then everyone would follow them, right?), and what's more, even professional fund managers come out behind the market most of the time. So what is on ...more
Joe
Nov 15, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I felt this book overcomplicated the subject of investing and confused investing with trading.

The statistics for those gradually building wealth from long term index tracker investing is overwhelming.
Spread betting should is a great way for people to lose a lot of money very quickly and there is simply no sound basis for why moving averages lead to price movements aside from the fact that people are trading based on those indicators with those indicators themselves having no greater meaning than
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Benji
Apr 11, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: personal-finance
This is the first book I've read about investment so I don't have much to compare it to. The author does a great job of explaining things in simple terms. He is clearly opinionated, but a lot of the ideas in here make sense and resonate with advice I've heard elsewhere - diversify your portfolio, look at global trends, use fundamental and technical analysis etc.

I found the sections on the pension crisis, inflation, the UK property market and quantitive easing particularly compelling and very wel
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Alberto
Aug 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jvm
Jan 30, 2021 is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
The best personal finance book for beginners

Getting my financial house into order has always been a goal for me. I’m 41 and have spent most of my adult life struggling and in debt.

I bought the second edition of this book (after devouring the free sample) several years back. I found it easy to read and particularly liked the way author used simple jargon free language to explain the various concepts, emphasising the importance of compound interest and the importance of underfunding inflation (w
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Tim
Apr 22, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's alright, if a little dry to read. Not the best book on this subject I've read but not the worst. Feel like it could be about half the size and still contain all the info due to lots of repetition. The author does hint that he's doing that intentionally to hammer the points home so might be a good style for some people but I found myself having to push through and losing interest. The book could be summarised as budget to save 10% of your income and invest it, 80% in equities and 10 in gold, ...more
Angela Arnott
I was keen to read this book after recommendations on various forums so I acquired the latest 3rd edition published in 2019. Overall the book was a let down! The writing style is amateur and condescending, with the first 6 chapters full of promises (saying he'll reveal 'how to do it' in later chapters) with an awful lot of repetition and child like story padding. 140 tiresome pages later, in chapter 7, there is some useful info, but this is followed by statements like 'to keep things simple', sa ...more
Caroline Clark
May 22, 2021 rated it really liked it
I bought and read’Live on Less, Invest the Rest’ - Andrew’s 2nd book. It referenced this one a lot so I thought I’d buy and read this one too. Between the two there is a lot of repetition, which was disappointing. However in terms of content they both give guidance on how to invest, which I am planning to follow. I was never taught how to manage my money and indeed it feels like it’s still taboo or something we just don’t do in the UK. I’m working on breaking that down for me and my loved ones. ...more
Shayne Brown
Nov 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Like most readers of this book, for someone who had next to no knowledge of investment or the state of governments' finances, this book has educated me alot. Not only do I feel more confident about different investment vehicles, I think more importantly it has opened up my eyes to both national and international debt, inflation, the cost of living and so many other economic principles. I really think that this knowledge is a must for any millennial to read if they want to have anywhere near a de ...more
Augustin Grigorov
There are many claims in this book that make me uneasy. Such as the claim anyone can do better than the average on the stock market and that you can make consistent 10% and higher returns. For this reason I considered giving it less than 5 stats, however, this book is full of sound financial advice so I don't want to discourage anyone from reading it. If you just power through the rants about how incompetent various finance professionals are and ignore the boastful claims there is much practical ...more
Andrew Imrie
Oct 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another book from Audible that I listened to on my drive to and from work. Overall, an excellent book on investments. The author makes a good case for diversifying your investments across the world and assets through cheap global trackers or ETFs rather than sticking to just the FTSE or S&P. He also makes a good case for alternative investments like gold or precious metals. Just as importantly, however, is that the author writes very well. This was an easy, but extremely interesting read. It is ...more
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Andrew Craig graduated in Economics and International Politics in 1997. His first job took him to Washington DC where he worked for a US Congressman on Capitol Hill. Since then, he has spent over fifteen years working in financial markets for various firms in London and New York. These have included UBS, Credit Agricole (France’s biggest bank) and SEB (one of Sweden’s largest banks). He is current ...more

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