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Learn to Earn: A Beginner's Guide to the Basics of Investing

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Mutual-fund superstar Peter Lynch and author John Rothchild explain the basic principles of investing and business in a primer that will enlighten and entertain anyone who is high-school age or older.

Many investors, including some with substantial portfolios, have only the sketchiest idea of how the stock market works. The reason, say Lynch and Rothchild, is that the basic
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Published March 1st 1996 by Simon & Schuster Audio (first published 1995)
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Richard Stephenson
I would recommend this one - especially to High School young adults. Note: it's a bit behind-the-times, but the philosophies presented are timeless.

I was almost turned away once I found out it was written for a bit younger crowd, but I gave it a chance and was pleased with the results. There is a ton of history, good examples, and conversational-style lessons taught in a pleasing manner. Since I had *0* experience with investing stuffs, this beginners approach was useful for me.

...and BIG kudos
Shunnosuke Yelich Kanematsu
This book is a great for kids to read and understand the concept of investing. In this book, the author is Peter Lynch, who is an investing mastermind. Lynch graduated from Boston College in 1965 with a degree in finance. He served two years in the military before attending and graduating from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania with a Master of Business Administration in 1968. As you can probably guess, yes, he is one of the richest people in this planet. Everything the book me ...more
Shubham Kansal
Mar 02, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a great book. It introduced me to the world of investing. It was the first book that I read on investing. Since, the book was written in the early 90s, the examples taken by Mr. Lynch would sound somewhat old to you but they will still give you a fair idea of what he is trying to teach
you. The principles taught by him in the book are still valid today. he has explained everything in such an easy way that you would be able to relate to everything easily although the book is written from
Yoga Prakasa
Jul 12, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Investing beginners
Shelves: finance
This book holds sentimental value to me, for it introduced me to the world of investment. A world which, later, not only becomes a personal interest but also a professional one. I started my first investment in stocks and mutual funds shortly after I finished the book. Fast forward, I started my career five years later in an Indonesian state-owned investment bank in the equity research department.

In this book, Peter Lynch starts with a brief history of what would become Corporate America and lat
Walter Spence
Jul 12, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lots of good stuff in this book, particularly the chapter, "A Short History of Captalism". But since the book came out in 1995, parts of it are now quite outdated (the primary reason I gave it four stars instead of five), and will only become more so in the years to come. Hoping that the authors consider a second edition, because today's young people are in serious need of an education on this book's subject.
Dio Aufa Handoyo
Apr 14, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great intro book for beginners. Written in layman's terms with some practical items included. Presents a compelling case for capitalism. It would be interesting to see an analysis on how the arguments for going long on stocks holds up after the 1999 and 2008 crises, due to the great volatility history has shown.
Oct 14, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library
Severely outdated, at least the audiobook version from the library I listened to. The basic principles are of course reasonable, but I already knew those things. I suppose I’m not a beginner. The other info is so horribly outdated it sounds absolutely ridiculous. Perhaps a new updated edition is due.
Kelly Rincon
Apr 09, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
While this book was not perfect, I'm giving it 4 stars because I think everyone should read it, or at least a book like it. It does a great job as a primer on capitalism, businesses, and the basics of investing.

The two authors are both unabashed capitalists, wholly in favor of the system. This makes sense, as Peter Lynch made countless millions in the stock market, and John Rothschild wrote about the financial system for years. Some of their pro-capitalism passages were a little tough for me to
Eugene Tan
Jun 09, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: financial
A real classic book, written more than 20 years ago, in 1995!

As the book title suggests, "A Beginner's Guide to the Basics of Investing and Business", this book was written, assuming that the reader has absolutely no prior knowledge of Investing and Business. It is mainly targeted at teenagers to young working adults, who are beginning to explore the financial world.

Despite it being an extremely novice book, I had chosen to give it 4/5 stars for the sheer simplicity that the book has in conveyi
Jan 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this book twice, at the age of 9 and 13 (as it was recommended to me by my father, of course). English is not my mother tongue and despite the lack of fluency at that age I was still able to understand absolutely everything in that book and take away the most important message. It is, in my humble opinion, one of the best books out there for people with no particular knowledge of finance/investing to understand the fundamental basics of investing with equities. In addition to that, the bo ...more
Rolling Ideas
Apr 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's a fantastic read - even a family read for Lynch's daughters.The book's on the overall mechanism of the stock market. The method of value investing entails the positive trajectory of healthy and undervalued firms even through turmoils. The economic culture is unpredictable, just like weather. Rather than betting on the market, it's better to "research the firm, interact and act upon it." For young readers, this book entails histories of stock market, a few exemplary stocks through recessions ...more
Jan 03, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: finance
This book has a very easy going tone to it and though it dates back to 1995, I've found the historical parts very informative. That apart, Peter Lynch shares a lot of examples with regard to different paradigms in investing, with a final message advising us to think for the longer term. So there you go, no scalping :)
Gopinath Manchikanti
This is a wonderful book and the apt name would be ' History and Basics of Stocks'
Coz it goes way back in the history when capitalism was born and how it emerged into multi trillion dollar market.
This book gives basic understanding of a lot of things a beginner investor should know.
Definitely worth reading.
Mar 26, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: finance
A good book to learn the basics of capitalism and the stock market. If you are expecting some magic tips about stock picking you'll be disappointed. The number one suggestion is patience and buying when nobody else is.
Great book for a high schooler who has no idea how the markets work or their historical significance to our nation.

As a means of basic info, it works well. Unfortunately for me, it was a little too basic. Very light reading, but enjoyable anyways.
Mar 25, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fin
Very gentle introduction into world of business. Didn't learn much, but it'd be a good introduction book to start with

The author dislikes communists and is a big fan of US government from business perspective.
Carrie Little
Dec 31, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great book. This one I have to read a few times. Definitely a great book for new investors.
Feb 13, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
With a caveat - while a bit outdated now, this is an inspiring book for someone who has no experience in the business/investment world.
Qingwei Zhang
Feb 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I think this book worth reading, everyone who interested in investments should read it. I am kinda regret that it is a bit late for me to know this book. Anyway, I will recommend it to you.
Oct 26, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For the beginners of world of equity...simple language...simple ideas..
Jul 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great source of info for beginner investor and it is great way to start you financial journey.
Dina Strange
I like P. Lynch, but he shouldn't be quitting his day job.
Jan 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Çok öğretici bir kitap ve okumasıda bir O kadar zevkliydi.amerikan tarihi ile ilgilide bir çok konuya değinmesi ayrıca iyiydi.
Chetan Sullabiah
After getting interested in stock markets and investing, the two names I heard and read about over and over again were Warren Buffet and Peter Lynch. So, obviously I wanted to learn anything these two legends had to offer. When I did my research and went to the local bookstore, this is the only book they had in stock. So this is my first read in a series of investing books to come.
Even though I had read and learnt about the basics of the stock market from various sources, this book was informat
Feb 18, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: money, nonfiction
The general info about stocks and investments is more or less fine, but the whole book is terribly dated in that you're forced to sit through endless reams of the standard Regan-era "greed is good" propaganda about how the real heroes in society are whoever is most greedy and everyone else is just jealous. That overriding agenda masks what would otherwise be useful information.

I find this whole bit odd since he was far less a propagandist in his other book.

As a side note, it's amusing to see tha
Ju Sung
I bought this book last year after reading Mr Lynch's other book One Up on Wall Street. I finally decided to give it a read last week because I felt bad having this book sitting in my to-read shelf gathering dust. Just like the One Up, it was a nice easy read with speckles of interesting ideas. However, I am not sure if I learnt anything new from this book. It felt like a watered-down version of the One Up. It was clear from his style of narrative that Mr Lynch had high school kids~school leaver ...more
Jul 20, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book is a bit outdated as it was published in 1995 however it gives some really good insight into investing in stocks. Also gives the reader a bag of information about companies and their respective growth cycles. I would recommend if someone is a complete newbie to investing as it is always good to read about the past before you learn about the present or study the future. I'd say I already have many of the skills that this book tried to inculcate but this book encouraged me to invest and ...more
Arguably a way better primer than the popular and acclaimed Rich Dad, Poor Dad.

It still contains some amount of chat which means that the real gist could be brought to 50-100 pages less, but that isn't a very great nuisance. What's most important though, is that it also lays some proper-like definitions of financial terms. They are far from complete - and for this, I do not regard this book as a real "guide" - but, at the very least, they convey some sort of factual knowledge.
There's an index at
May 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A well-written, efficiently researched, guide book full of gob-smacking stories of unbelievable failure and success in financial investing that dot the timeline between European colonialism/ free-market world since 1776 (Wealth of Nations, Adam Smith and The American Revolution) until today-ish. The tips on Mutual Fund investing are a bit passe, but generally, he gives great advice for the budding investor. It is interesting to read such a book, especially during the current decline of trust in ...more
Sunny Singh
May 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book for anyone who is looking to get into investing! It contains good advice and is presented well with history. I would recommend this before reading The Intelligent Investor. However, I should warn that this book is bit outdated since it was written in mid-90s. Nevertheless, the principles in the book are still applicable.
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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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