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Jim Cramer's Real Money: Sane Investing in an Insane World

3.68  ·  Rating details ·  1,804 ratings  ·  105 reviews
Shows how to compare stock prices in a way that you can understand, how to spot market tops and bottoms, how to know when to sell, how to rotate among cyclical stocks to catch the big moves, and much more.
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published March 1st 2005 by Simon & Schuster (first published 2005)
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Charles Kato
May 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I started listening to Jim Cramer about a decade ago when I was still living in South-East Austin. There was a 50,000 watt AM station (WOAI) being broadcast out of San Antonio that was somehow able to get coverage all the way to me, some 80 miles away. As I drove around town I would listen intently as Jim would invite me and my leaky 1989 Ford escort to join him in a piece of the action. He was exciting, motivating, and usually right. Cramer was my first real glimpse into the finance world, and ...more
Jan 08, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
Interesting book, interesting ideas/theories. Sometimes I thought things could have been explained a little more clearly, but maybe that's just me.
I think that people who have some stock experience already would get more out of this one than complete beginners would; you don't have to be an expert, but if you need concise definitions and have never bought a stock, this may not be quite right. On the other hand, just reading these kinds of books, even if they're over my head, help me learn by im
Jul 12, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: People interested in investing
For a long time I was a staunch critic of Cramer as I perceived many of his ideas to be reckless and dangerous. Having read his book I've done a complete 180. Not only did I enjoy the book, I watch his show on CNBC almost every day now. His insights are not earth shattering. Rather I would describe them as Advanced Common Sense. His book and show have helped me to identify why some of the stocks that I've invested in the past did not perform as I expected them to. Although he shamelessly plugs h ...more
Irene Giannakakis
Jan 14, 2015 rated it it was ok
Good information but at times it was over my head and hard to get through. Think he has valuable information and stories but maybe not for a beginner investor.
Greg Kopstein
Sep 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Booyah to Jim Cramer for writing this book. I’m a new listener to Mad Money and a 1-year investor in the market, so I’m still trying to figure out the reason people say Booyah to him, but I’ll swim with the tide.

I’m still a rookie investor so this book was a lot of help, especially in explaining the small details and key elements of the market. He offered great advice and I’m already starting to implement (rate your stocks from 1-4, as per the book!)

I love Mad Money and I’m so glad Cramer deci
Mike Adeleke
Mar 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book is a classic example of why you should always do your homework. For my short investment career, I've been led to believe that Cramer was a buffoon. I know now that that is extremely false.
Kyle Brown
Feb 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
It's hard to rate this book after immediately reading it, mainly because this is the type of book that you read and then go do. And after you do what the book recommends, you can give it some time and truly evaluate. However, there's a lot of solid ideas in this book for the novice stock investor and Cramer is different in many respects to your typical stock guru. He embraces the gambling/speculating nature of stock picking and does make very good arguments for why the mainstream advice on stock ...more
Daniel Frank
Aug 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
I stumbled across Jim Cramer's "Real Money" while flipping through books at my local Barnes & Noble, trying to find some book to help me figure out investing. At the time, I had no idea who Jim Cramer was nor ever saw his show. Of all the books on the shelf, this one was the easiest to read and explained topics which were complex to me at the time in a way that was very clear and concise. I can easily attribute much of my understanding of some of the more advanced areas of the stock market t ...more
Jun 01, 2013 rated it it was ok
Really disappointed in this book. The book is very dated and he is just bragging about himself most of the time. Far too much jargon and not enough real content. Sad because I find that beneath his entertainment act in TV, he does have solid advice. This book didnt convey that. Newbie investors will like it - he makes it seem too easy and trivializes it as a game. Although he does caution often about the risks, it gets lost in rest of the content. Watch his show rather than waste time reading th ...more
Mar 20, 2008 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: investors
Recommended to SteveR by: Jim Cramer
Bueha! Jim Cramer is loud and a madman on his TV program. You might not like his style, but this book is a good guide for investors or those interested in learning about buying stock. According to Cramer it's "not buy and hold" when it comes to stock. It's "buy and homework." This is good advise - i.e. if you're not willing to spend time (1 hour per week) on each stock you own, don't invest in equities.
Gray .K
May 04, 2015 rated it it was ok
This book had a very interesting idea of how to invest but to me I feel it was just to hard to understand the basics of the investing going on in this book. I need the book to go in depth on were to invest money and how instead of listening to technique to make more. You need more background information before you can do those technique therefore this book was hard for me to understand. If this book described the basics of investing I would like it much more.
John Stone
Jan 09, 2015 rated it it was ok
Unfortunately, this did very little to make the reader a "real" investing guru. I wasn't convinced that you can get rich quick nor understand stock market details well enough to attempt it. Invest for the long term in mutual funds that index the market.
Tim Owens
Mar 07, 2016 rated it liked it
I've read a lot of investing books and this one is not one of the best. I love to watch Cramer on CNBC because he is so entertaining. His first book Mad Money is better for an investor like me.
Taylor George
Sep 11, 2007 rated it really liked it
Fav. Quote, "Nobody cares about your money like you do."
Mar 20, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Must Read

Cramer is the best. This book really is a great guide to investing. If you want to learn the basics pick this one up and get reading.
James Wilcox
Aug 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is one of the best books I have read on personal finance and investing.
Stuart Berman
Jun 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: finance
Good general advice about investing in stock.
Paul Banik
Jan 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
It offered a lot of practical advice about investing. It's the first book I read of his. I will probably buy more of his books eventually, but there are other books I need to read first.
Matthew Kowalski
Jun 26, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
This book is about the rules that governs cramers trading.
about his rules that have helped him win in good and bad markets.
he wants you to win and he wants you to know the games that others are playing with you.
so further lets get to the body of the work that cramer has laid out for individuals with investment on the mind.
His chapter listing is as such
Staying in the game
Getting started the right way
How stocks are meant to be traded
Some investing basics
Spotting moves before they happen
Stock picki
Jul 03, 2018 rated it it was ok
While there were takeaways from Jim Cramer's Real Money that may ultimately prove themselves valuable, overall I was disappointed with the experience of reading this book.

In the first chapter, Cramer raves about how he is writing a book so that normal people can understand the secrets to getting crazy rich, but then in later chapters, he explains things only vaguely, assuming you have a deeper, pre-existing knowledge of the details than a "normal person" would have. He spends lots of time hammer
Marc Pongpamorn
Dec 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I got this book because I really enjoy Jim Cramer’s Mad Money podcasts which I listen to daily. Warren Buffett had his mentor Benjamin Graham and I have my mentor in Jim Cramer. This book gave me the confidence to trade stocks again. Sometimes, people like myself suffer from information overload and get analysis paralysis. In this book, Jim gives me the tools and confidence to believe that I can beat the market continually. I think Jim really believes the average investor can beat the market and ...more
Ginger Stephens
Jun 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
I love Jim Cramer and I need to get back into investing as a hobby. This was my refresher course. I remember some things from watching Cramer’s TV show religiously. I have two copies of this book in my house, so I can check those as references when I start playing the market.

If there is one criticism of the book, it does get a little dry at points. But, the advice is sound and the book is entertaining overall. We will see how my investing goes once I start in earnest.
Sonny Finch
Oct 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Excellent book on Cramer's trading strategy.
It requires some prior knowledge: vocabulary
and basic trading experience.

Cramer touches briefly on options and short selling
mostly this book is about how to diversify, spot "tops"
spot "bottoms" in markets and how to do your
homework on specific stocks.

Great chapter on speculation and managing
growth potential vs risk

Michael Glantz
Jan 23, 2018 rated it liked it
great for beginners however very broad and doesn't break down analyzing companies well. P/e and eps, and management may get you to research a great company but shouldnt be the only to aspects you look at.
Alberto Lopez
Feb 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Besides the fact that his investing insight is much welcomed, I just like Mr. Cramer's very human side.
May 16, 2008 rated it liked it
When I first caught this guy on CNBC (while at work), I couldn't believe that a major network was giving this blow-hard that much air time. Eventually, I started to warm to his sheer obstreperousness, and when he was the only guy in the media last autumn to call it like it was and note that the Fed was about to dilly-dally its way into allowing a wholesale collapse of the global financial markets, I began to sit up and take notice.

I've since come to the conclusion that Cramer is one of the smart
Rajual T.
Feb 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
I am not the biggest fan of Jim Cramer, I find that more often than not his "picks" are incorrect, but every once-in-a-while, even a blind squirrel finds a nut. I think at this point Cramer has published one too many books that are beginning to repeat others. However, I do find his books to be more useful than his television show, and I think he does a good job at explaining in detail fundamental investing information very effectively. My problem with the book is that I feel it leaves the reader ...more
Mar 04, 2013 rated it it was ok
I feel like although he gave excellent advice at times and is a very direct, bold writer, I feel like the book was a little hard to follow. He gives advice, but nothing too exact sometimes. In the second half of the book he refers back to step-by-step advice given within the first couple of chapters, but except for his explanation of the P/E ratio, I didn't feel like he had given such step-by-step advice. I feel like this book is better suited for someone who isn't as fresh to the stock market. ...more
Satvik A
Dec 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book was made to show you how to make investing decisions in the stock market game. It tells you how to think about investing and the way you should make decisions. If it's been going up, it's not always best to invest. If a major person in a company like a CFO, suddenly leaves, the stock tends to drop. But on special occasions like Halloween, investing in candy is almost always a go. The Author of this book; Jim Cramer, is an investor who has his own show "Mad Money" on CNBC, he used to be ...more
Mar 13, 2010 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anyone wanting to invest or trade
Goal setting, analysis, homework, how to trade, when to trade, what to look for and a lot of specific ideas about
stocks, sectors, trends and market timing. Much different than the traditional conventional wisdom. No shortcuts,
study and do your homework. Discipline is your best friend. Throw in a lot of enthusiasm and a little humor for spice.

This guy is amazing - he knows it and he is able to convey it. I believe anyone could follow his advice and make money.
I didn't find anything to disagree wi
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James J. "Jim" Cramer is an American television personality, a former hedge fund manager, and a best-selling author. Cramer is the host of CNBC's Mad Money and a co-founder and chairman of, Inc.