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One Up On Wall Street: How to Use What You Already Know to Make Money in the Market

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In easy-to-follow terminology, Lynch offers directions for sorting out the long shots from the no shots by spending just a few minutes with a company's financial statements. His advice for producing "tenbaggers" can turn a stock portfolio into a star performer!
Paperback, 304 pages
Published April 3rd 2000 by Simon Schuster (first published November 30th 1988)
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Jun 06, 2011 rated it liked it
While this is a good read, it's specific to Peter Lynch's personal investing style and dated enough that it's not entirely applicable anymore, so it is better read as a history or biography of Lynch's investing style than a guide on how to make personal investment decisions today. There's a forward written in 2000 in which Lynch provides one update to his material, but there should have been many more (such as noting what kinds of company information is no longer allowed to be provided only to ...more
Sep 12, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: poor people in general
dear reader,

well, hello! do you like my suit? i like yours! where'd you get it?! well, today i am dressed up like a business man because we are going to be reviewing a real business man's book! yep, you guessed it, you wily little bitch, that business man is the great peter lynch, not to be confused with the act of lynching which was a form of extreme racism that took place throughout the south during the early years of the civil rights movement! lol! ok let's go!


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A very helpful book for those who want to gain some basic knowledge about how stocks work in the financial market and how to select the best portfolio of securities. Lynch shared his experiences and told us how he felt or how he dealt with losses and success when investing. I personally liked this book and he made these seemingly difficult concepts so much easier!
George Jankovic
Jul 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Regular re-read (every 5-10 years) of one of my two favorite investment books. (The other one is by the same author.).

Peter Lynch was the greatest mutual fund investor of all time growing his Magellan fund to over $1 billion. His investment style is a combination of growth and value investing, so called GARP--growth at a reasonable price.

While he made most of the money in big cap stocks like Wal-Mart or turnarounds like Volvo, Ford and Chrysler, he loved investing in small caps. This book
Jun 20, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kindle why not? Yup, I am old enough to remember Lynch's status in the world of stock pickers. I was not lucky enough to have a wad of money to invest in his fund early on, but those who did must continue to sing his praises.
I didn't read this when it first came out, but now with updated prologue it does provide some amusing tidbits. This man still uses the phrase dot com. Goodness me! I really have no idea how he has managed to avoid the internet all these decades, but that
Chetan Wasekar
Aug 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
A must read for novice stock investors , oversimplified but drives home important concepts.
Andrew Ye
I originally picked this book because after I read a lot about Warren Buffett's investing I decided to see other people's style. This was a good read but it was specific to Lynch's style so it was not applicable to today's investment decisions. Peter describes how he came about developing his strategy for success. He talks about his past, his victories, and some of his failures. He describes everything that happened in an easy way to read. Anyone, including non-financial folks, can understand ...more
Zohar -
May 26, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2009
This is a short book, but long on advice even, and especially, after the financial meltodown. It took me about 40 - 45 minutes to go through the book, but I'll read it again tomorrow and maybe again next week allowing the content to set in.

The book is a fun read and gives novices, such as myself, some basic fundamentals and concepts before we rush in (again) to lose our money (again) while the big boys rake all the profits (again) in the casino we all know as the stock market. There is no
Jan 02, 2008 rated it liked it
This was an assigned book for my MBA class in Securities Analysis. I learned from this book that the average (non-institutional) investor can pick winning stocks with the same success as professionals can. I am unsure about this, as I am highly skeptical any investor (professional or amateur) can beat the market. As a proponent of indexing - the idea that a broadly diversified fund invested in a basket of stocks - can beat actively managed funds, I found Lynch's advice not completely believable. ...more
May 05, 2008 rated it did not like it
First book I haven't been able to finish in a while. It was outdated before the current financial collapse, now it's just stupid to read. Plus Peter Lynch likes himself way too much. Pass on this one and bury your money in the backyard.
Jay Sadhwani
Sep 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
For the folks gearing up to the world of stock market, this book is a must read.
It sets up your mind regarding how to choose companies that have the potential to become great.
It gives a good introduction on reading the balance sheets and you don't need any prior knowledge for understanding the views. But more than balance sheets it suggests us to pay attention to the world around to find the right stocks
Sahib Chawla
The best book on stocks and markets anyone can get their hands on. The book gives Wonderful insights into studying diferent businesses and then going after stocks. Easy Read and Interesting examples makes this book, one of the pioneers in this field of study.
Reading Harbor
Jul 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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This is one of my favorite financial advice books ever.

Peter Lynch was a genius of his time. His detractors can argue the reasons WHY he was successful (luck, timing, etc.) but it is hard to argue with the fact that he was immensely successful.

In this now famous book, Peter describes how he came about developing his strategy for success. He talks about his past, his victories, and some of his failures. He describes everything that happened in an easy to read, colloquial sort of way. Anyone,
Jai Gupta
Aug 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Peter Lynch does such a great job explaining how you do not have to work on Wall Street to be successful in the stock market. One Up on Wall Street provides a great overall foundation for investing and how people can utilize companies they know/understand and products they use and enjoy to make successful investments before the stock catches the attention of the large institutional investors. Lynch stated you only have to be right six out of ten times to be successful in the stock market, and a ...more
Jan 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Very interesting read on Peter Lynch's investment techniques. Good amount of basics and a somewhat more aggressive approach as compared to conservative, academic, stick to indexing approach.

It also helps that the author is at times funny and most of the times makes the content easier to read for people with not much knowledge of economics and finance.
Oct 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: waiting
One of the most interesting books about long-term investing I've found so far.

My favorite quote is "when someone says that 'A' is the new 'B', it usually means that 'A' and 'B' are going down".
Feb 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: finance, investment
A book with light humor... A beginner book for personal stock investment.
Sep 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Michael Rodgers
Mar 26, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: educational
Read this book because it was recommended to me by a colleague. There's a lot of anecdotal and historical information about Peter's trades and the companies he's looked at. There's a couple heuristic lessons that are probably worth reading about if you are brand-spanking-new but if you are looking for an overview of the fundamentals you are probably better off looking elsewhere. I did get a chuckle out of the somewhat outdated passage where he lauds people that just left their money in a money ...more
Jan 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recently got into investing and this book was a solid start. The best way to learn is from the masters, right?

Lynch is one of those people who seems like a stand up guy. He was not overly smart or special in any kind of way when he started to invest. He was in some ways struggling and hoping for something better in life. He actually even made me laugh when he mentioned you should find some stupid sounding companies to invest in before they get discovered by Wall Street investors.

I might make
Deepak Shah
Apr 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Peter Lynch likes Math more than he's willing to admit. I picked up his book because a friend told me that this guy is a value investor (And he is).

A few important points.

1. If the below equation returns value 3 or more, you've found a really good stock (Ofcourse, you need to follow many other data points).
(EPS Growth [Compounded for last three years]+Div Yield)/PE

2. Earnings are the biggest predictor of price movement. Options/Futures ought to be banned.

It's very hard to find a book that
Marco den Ouden
Aug 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
Note: This review appeared in a financial newsletter I contributed to. It follows the review for Beating the Street which you may want to read first.

In our last issue I introduced you to Peter Lynch, the dynamic former portfolio manager for the spectacularly successful Fidelity Magellan Mutual Fund in the United States. And we introduced you to some of Lynchs ideas and beliefs, most importantly his view that any reasonably intelligent person can beat the average Wall Street expert. In fact,
Sahil Gupta
a good book of old times with few points to remember
May 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful book to start with to understand investing. Has to be read twice, thrice and even more times to understand his beautiful philosophy of stocks/ businesses.
Tadas Talaikis
Mar 26, 2017 rated it liked it
If everyone will look for tenbaggers who would create those in the first place? Well, though several minutes and recalled somewhere saw that financial and business billionaires are 50/50 (in U.S.), so probably everything's ok, no matter what you do, you still need to go to a lot of the shit.
Apr 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Pretty good introduction to value investing
Nov 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Lynch books are light and easy reads and while the fundamentals of this book are mostly accurate he bites his own hand talking about supposedly great companies who we now know are out of business like Toys R Us, who he brings up repeatedly. Also if you followed the principles of this book you never would've invested in Amazon or Google due to their crazy p/e ratios.

He writes this: If I could avoid a single stock, it would be the hottest stock in the hottest industry, the one that gets the most
Emmanuel Ramil
It was a delight to read. Even though it was written 30 years ago, I think some of the concepts and lessons being preached by Peter Lynch still hold up today in the modern realm of investing.
George Bieber
Jun 30, 2018 rated it liked it
Quick easy read. Heavy emphasis on simple concepts and ideas about investing. A few more complex details are clearly explained too.
Sudheer Reddy
Mar 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Just the book to start with for an aspiring investor. The amount of insight this book imparts in simple and easy to understand themes is invaluable. The rules, checklists and wisdom of lynch is inspiring.
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Peter Lynch is an American businessman and stock investor. Lynch graduated from Boston College in 1965 and earned a Master of Business Administration from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 1968.

Lynch worked at Fidelity Investments where named head of the then obscure Magellan Fund which had $18 million in assets. By the time Lynch resigned as a fund manager in 1990, the fund

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