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A Beginner's Guide to the Stock Market: Everything You Need to Start Making Money Today

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Learn to make money in the stock market, even if you've never traded before.
The stock market is the greatest opportunity machine ever created.
Are you ready to get your piece of it?
This book will teach you everything that you need to know to start making money in the stock market today.
Don't gamble with your hard-earned money.
If you are going to make a l
Kindle Edition, 79 pages
Published May 20th 2019 by Trader University
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Aug 20, 2020 rated it it was ok
Overrated as HELL, from primarily beginning investors.

Let me clarify - I am not an experienced investor. In fact, I'm a high school student who read these books out of personal interest, not out of a desire to grow the capital that I don't have. However, I feel that my review adds a unique perspective from a absolute beginner in the world of finance.

After reading a few more books on finance, particularly day trading and swing trading, I have come to realize that my initial five star rating for t
D. Thrush
Jun 25, 2019 rated it liked it
This short book has some good information and tips but leaves a lot out. This is a teaser to get you to buy his courses and other books. However, it has some value. I’ve been trading for a long time and making $, but I wanted to learn how to do stop limits and techniques to prevent me from losing $. Also, tips for how to find stocks about to take off. There’s some of that, but I’d hoped for more explanations about the different types of trades. It jumps from beginner stuff to more advanced thing ...more
Matt Gaddis
Feb 02, 2020 rated it did not like it

I don't know who he wrote this book for. If you feel the need to explain in detail what stocks and index funds are then you can't causally talk about 200 day moving averages without actually explaining them. If you're audience doesn't know what an IPO is then you can't causally talk about exponential moving averages with alienating your reader. Also don't call a list of random quotes a chapter.
Mohamed Hema
Sep 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
It is kinda interesting intro for basics but without explanation so it can't be a guide but a good intro, and you need after reading it to search and learn more about everything mentioned in it. Overall this books is simple and interesting. ...more
Jul 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Very insightful book, but leaves a lot of information out. This book isn't enriched with information like the intelligent investor by Benjamin Graham. However, there's some valuable information in this book that I consider fruitful. Great starter book for people trying to learn the basic fundamentals of the stock investing. ...more
Jan 26, 2021 rated it it was ok
Shelves: nf-business
It wasn't bad, but also not good. Some basic information. Some things are thrown in there and got never explained.
And then there is the lack of information, plus giving the feeling it's all easy, just go for it.. after you checked out all the classes offered by the writer.
The success of it makes sense because of the low price, with Kindle Unlimited even free, under 100 pages... but I smell something fishy here.
There are definitely better books on the subject. In case someone is really interes
Nov 18, 2020 rated it liked it
Very basic but still has some good content to learn. Don't agree with the advice to buy at all-time high positions in anticipation of additional rallies. Otherwise, good overview. Recommend buying as an eBook than one with binding. ...more
Nicholas Stahl
Jan 29, 2021 rated it really liked it
I literally read this because of GameStop.
Feb 18, 2021 rated it really liked it
Informative for us beginners

The book is a free quick read. Pick it up and enjoy a couple great insights. It has helped me.
Adil Aliyev
Jan 24, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Great book to learn basics of stock trading, and to understand essential ideas of indexes, ETFs, etc.
Jan Wilkes
Nov 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I got this book from the library to see if I liked it. It’s only 88 pages long and $2.99 on Amazon. I’m going to buy it. The websites he talks about are worth the price of the book to me. I wouldn’t exactly call this a beginner’s book. I was looking more for terms brokers use and what they mean. There is some of that but for a beginner book, I expected more basic material. This does get over your head if you’re unfamiliar with trading. Some things are explained but I think you need a little bit ...more
Zachary Dial
Aug 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
A Great First Book on Stock Market Investing

As it stands right now, this is the first book I'm going to recommend to friends to read about investing. It's all very simple and easy to read. It's also a great book to go back over, as there are a lot of little tidbits about the philosophy of investing in every chapter worth remembering. I particularly liked the section on the things you DON'T do when investing. It actually helped me make a decision about a stock in my portfolio (Ford) and I'm happy
Dec 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Having encountered other books by this author that were formatted with huge fonts, lots of spacing, and almost no content, I was pleasantly surprised by the amount of detail contained in Matthew Kratter's Beginner's Guide to the Stock Market. Granted, the book is by no means, exhaustive, and a bit sketchy in parts, but it does provide a decent introduction to the stock market.

Unlike most stock market beginner books that spend far too much time explaining what a share of stock is, this book mostl
Pawel Grzybek
Jan 18, 2021 rated it really liked it
One of the outcomes of abandoning social media is the excess of free time that you have. I’m not the type of person who will spend their downtime watching a new Netflix show, so I decided to get into the rabbit hole of stocks trading. There is a little problem though — I know nothing about it. It’s never too late!

Looking for some resources to explore this new and unknown interest I came across “A Beginner’s Guide to the Stock Market” by Matthew R. Kratter. All the initial concepts necessary to s
Valerie Morrison
Jan 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
The book was informative, written for the absolute beginner in mind with an introduction to the stock market and how to invest. Surprisingly, it never mentioned how the stock market got started, it's just here, but I read a post earlier today that gave me the background or the why. I've invested in stocks on my own in the past but got out of it. That's probably always a dumb move, the money I put in there could have been worth a lot more by now, but meh, we learn from our mistakes. The biggest t ...more
Shameka Hairston
Jan 12, 2021 rated it really liked it
Decent Read

I would recommend this book to fairly new people investing in the market who are looking to grow their knowledge in obtaining better profits or just more info about the market.

I gave this reading a 4 out of 5 stars because (1) it was a free read on my kindle account (2) easy read for the most part...not too much crazy jargon that would be hard for a newbie (less than 1 year in market) to understand (3) the author did speak more on the trading aspect vs long term investing majority of
Kirankumar Ittagoni
Jan 06, 2021 rated it really liked it
Decent beginner level book

Few personal take-aways:
- beginners are better off investing in index fund or etf ( especially during bear market), dividend aristocrats (companies which have been paying dividends for 25 years) for long term
- one of the important decision in evaluating a business is pricing power, when company has power to increase price without being afraid of undercut by competitors
- value investing should be left to advanced investor, low PE doesn’t necessarily mean under-valued st
Miguel Arvelo
Jan 29, 2021 rated it liked it
A good short read for people like me, who know little to nothing about the stock market and are interested in getting into it.

The good: Kratter will explain to you many of the concepts you often hear about in conversations with the co-worker that has a six figures trading account and that make you nod without knowing what the hell is that person talking about. He will even give you advice that does sound legit.

The bad: At points he'll still make you nod without knowing what is being discussed...
Joseph Regan IV
Feb 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Thank you!

Appreciate the book Matthew. I just entered the trading scene through Merril Edge & Robinhood last April just around the time you were writing this book. I have been researching and playing with different strategies over the last year and came across this book. As with many others I read the material with a grain of salt. Your book here is the first that just gives the outlines for different strategies in what I would call “common tongue.” As an engineer and the many other skills I’ve
d'Art Childers
Feb 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
To be honest, when I first saw the big font size and space between the words, I thought it wouldn’t offer much insight into the stock market. However, although the book is only 70 something pages, it’s very insightful.

Anyone looking to invest in the stock market or who already is needs to remember that doing so should be done by following the rules of choosing great stocks. Emotions should be left at the door and data should be interpreted to pick and choose when to buy or sell.

This book provi
Nick Kirby
Jun 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Beginners who want to learn how to invest in the stock market
Although I would still classify myself as a beginner in investing, I would say this book is for people who know nothing about the stock market rather than those who might have been investing for 6 months or more.

Overall, it is very informative and primitive to ensure beginners understand important terms prior to investing.

However, it is lacking some crucial information and the author promotes his own brand multiple times throughout the book. Make sure you read other books (I highly recommend 'On
Javin Ohara
Oct 07, 2020 rated it it was ok
There are too many statements that aren't explained thoroughly. He explains what to do, but he doesn't explain why.
For example. He talks about the P/E ratio which is the price of a certain stock divided by the earnings per share. And since higher earnings and lower prices are better, naturally you would think that a low P/E ratio would be better than a high one. But he states that you should avoid companies with low P/E ratios and invest in companies with high P/E ratios without explaining why.
Aisha Ayoosh
Dec 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book is definitely a BEGINNERS guide to the stock market and a good starting point for anyone curious about how the stock markets work and the jargon that goes with.

I picked it because it was on a kindle sale and even if it is a beginners guide, you can always pick up pearls of wisdom from these types of books even when you know the subject. It’s mainly aimed at the US market but fully applicable to other markets.

“Don’t be a hero. Don’t have an ego. Always question yourself and your abili
Zoe Knight
Feb 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing
There are a lot of terrible 1 star reviews on this book, but I enjoyed it and got out of it what I wanted. I am beginning my journey into learning about shares and stocks and the stock market. This was a great introduction to the concepts and in no way overwhelming, convoluted, or foreign.

I’m sure there was a lot of information left out, but I dare say the author picked the info that was most relevant to a beginner.

It’s given me a good platform to dig deeper and learn more from.

I listed to th
Bill Viscome
May 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a good book for the beginning investor

This book covers a number of different strategies that a beginner could use as he starts his investing career. There are many links in the book with useful information and sites that the author uses himself to invest. This is a relative quick read with little fluff. If more in depth information is needed the author provides his contact information and a list of other books that go into more details of the strategies provided in this book. Overall a g
Tim Terry
Jan 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A compact and concise guide to trading and investing on the stock markets.

I needed to update my knowledge about trading and the market's, which is why I bought this book. I was pleasantly surprised at the ease with which the author explained salient terms rules for successful trading and investing. I am very pleased with this book as it has helped me considerably by explaining concepts in simple and easily understood language. I believe that this is an excellent guide to begin successful trading
Joshua Ziefle
For someone that came to this book (more of an extended pamphlet, really--it is short) relatively ignorant about the stock market, it was an eye-opener. I now understand a bit more of the terminology used, and have some trading advice--at least from this author's point of view. That said, I think I might have preferred/expected a more full-length and exhaustive beginner's guide. Even so, with this small book I do feel like I have some practical knowledge to get things going. I just hope the auth ...more
Jan 03, 2021 rated it really liked it
Good one day quick read.. Rated 4 for the efforts and the short to the point explanations..

I would recommending changing the title to “Beginners Trading Tips”.

Book Downsides, the author contradictions.. Example: he mentions (1) do not trade on other peoples ideas, yet he projects his own trading ideas consistently.. (2) do not listen or read other news/blog outlets because they are usually paid to hype stocks etc.. which is true.. but then why does the author keep recommending Robinhood? Perhap
Steven Brooks
Jan 11, 2021 rated it it was ok
As a complete beginner, my initial feelings are that this book is false advertising. The way the author explains his ideas throughout this book are as if he is talking to someone with some experience of trading and investing. He hardly breaks things down into lay terms. That being said, the book definitely contains some useful advice, was well laid out and easy to finish within a couple of hours. For the price it is retailing at, I would recommend, but this book would be better for those with a ...more
Ingrid Jennings
Feb 24, 2021 rated it really liked it
Very quick read with very basic information. The last few pages he throw out some good pointers. This book is for a newbie to trading. If you been trading a few months, you are still a newbie but this book may not be for you because he tells how to start up an account and how to get started with stocks. It’s a good read but I actually need something a little more advanced. The book is only 82 pages so you can read it in a day or two. A lot of the information can be found online or in a stock gro ...more
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