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The Motley Fool Investment Guide: Third Edition: How the Fools Beat Wall Street's Wise Men and How You Can Too

4.27  ·  Rating details ·  369 ratings  ·  38 reviews
A completely revised and updated edition of an investing classic to help readers make sense of investing today, full of “solid information and advice for individual investors” (The Washington Post).

Today, anyone can be an informed investor, and once you learn to tune out the hype and focus on meaningful factors, you can beat the Street. The Motley Fool Investment Guide, co
Paperback, 304 pages
Published September 5th 2017 by Simon Schuster
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Taylor Ellwood
Jun 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: finance
This is a must read book if you ever plan to retire or you just want to understand how investing works and how it could benefit your life. This latest edition is updated with brilliant insights that can help you get comfortable with investing and learn how to educate yourself. This book will provide you an in-depth tour of how investing works, while also inviting you to learn more. Reading this book and implementing its advice helped me get comfortable with investing my own money in the stock ma ...more
Daniel Cunningham
The somewhat cheeky style is a trademark of their writing in my limited experience, but at book-length, it gets a bit old. Decent Cliff's Notes on reading balance/cashflow sheets, a handful of targets for ratios, but the first 1/4 (1/3?) is basically, "Don't get overcharged for mutual funds and brokerage fees," which... well, I guess must have an audience.

2.5 stars rounded up.
Feb 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020, nonfiction
4/5 stars.
Mar 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was an excellent compilation of investment foundations. Great for amateur and more experienced investors.
Trung Le
May 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An Awesome Book !

A great and simple investment book ever. I actually subscribe service which has been very reliable with decent information. This book should be jotted down, taken notes, and learnt as a basic investment textbook for non-financial investors.
Jul 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
A great read either you are a beginner or familiar with the market. The strategies laid out are unconventional and effectively tested by the authors. Fun to read as well.
Christopher Lawson
Sep 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
In this latest edition of THE MOTLEY FOOL INVESTMENT GUIDE, David and Tom Gardner provide some good investment advice, along with some historical perspective. They note that the stock market has proven to be an excellent investment—but only when viewed over a long time frame: “The Stock Market Is Pretty Close To A Sure Thing If You Have The Proper Timeline.” The longer your time frame, the more likely you will make money.

I especially like the book’s theme that an investors should make their own
EG Gilbert
Feb 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I got a lot of good ideas from reading “The Motley Fool Investment Guide” by David & Tom Gardner. I’ve been following the Motley Fool since the '90s ( and I think their principles are sound.

Basic Philosophy:
+ Think like an owner of a company not a buyer of a stock
+ Expect to hold your position at least five years, so consider where you think this company will be relative to the competition 5-10 years from now
+ Buy companies that:
--Dominate their industry
--With a sustainable compet
Robert Hernandez
Jun 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is a great book for someone who has no idea how to start investing. Its very fun to see how the motley fool podcast information resonates in this book(not as an ad, but rather by its content) and is extended to breakdown what it takes to be able to pick stocks out for the long run. It does show the power of many investing vehicles, including mutual fund, stock, index funds, shorting, and options, and their pros and cons. It puts greater emphasis to picking your own stock as an individual, b ...more
Amin Mo
Jan 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
There are a few things I didn’t like, both in content and writing, like that there is too much humor in the book which kind of set it of as unprofessional, it’s inept in a stock market investing book, and there is advocation to follow risky investing too, which surprised me as very odd. The 100 pages were useless, and the book is about 240 pages, so that’s almost 40%.
Still, the book deserves five stars for presenting something new to me when it come to evaluating a company, which is to evaluate
Maaz Ahmed
Jan 30, 2021 rated it really liked it
It's best to get past the "discussion" areas in the book as they are rather verbose.

However, the sections of the book which cover what one should look for in an investment as well as how to research companies and understand their balance sheets and fiscal statements, what ratios and fundamentals to use to screen potential investments, etc. was all great. Although this is very similar to what other investment books discuss (understandably since most are value/growth investment books) but it is d
Kay Strain
Nov 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Whether you are a beginner or a long-time investor, this book is a good one. For beginners, it is full of investing principles and is written in an easy-to-understand, conversational style. It gives you tips on how to spot small, fast-growing companies that could be around for the long-term; and it provides warning signs to heed. It guides you through the basics of financial statements, but equally valuable is the practical advice — “Foolish” (capital “F”) as they call it. It’s worth yo
Andrew Imrie
May 05, 2019 rated it liked it
A bit disappointed really. The first UK edition (published almost 20 years ago) had a huge impact on helping me navigate my way to putting my finances / investments in order (i.e. avoid managed funds and most financial advisers, utilize low cost index tracker funds, etc). But since then the Motley Fool have gone a bit weird - regularly blitzing people with advertisements for their subscription services - and then the second half of this book, which seems to go against their earlier advice by say ...more
Nov 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
I’m a long admirer of David and Tom Gardner. Their philosophy on growth stock investing is a good complement with Buffett’s value investing for any long term investors. When I bought the book I was well aware that this is supposed to be a basic investing guide for beginners, and given that I’m already a close followers of the author, it’s such a pleasant surprises that I still managed to have picked up some great new concepts from the book. It exceeded my expectation.

May 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book is amazing. I’ve never found a book on investing that strikes such a balance between making money over the long term while showing genuine for concern in where and when that money is investing. Tom and David Gardner show you how to make smart investments (Foolishly, with a capital “F”) in a deliberate way. I have read this book twice. It’s great for the young and old, novice and experienced.
Yat Sing Ip
Mar 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I found this book a gem among so many investment books out there. The authors have simplified the key things to look out for, as well as covered the more advanced topics such as options, shorting and margin trading.

If you have to zoom in on the key, read the chapters on the Five Tenets to Everlasting Investing. That would set you up to understand their approach.

Highly recommended read for everyone into investing, no matter what stage of your journey you're at.
Mala Ashok
Sep 25, 2017 rated it liked it
This is a good book for investors who are starting out in their investment journey. Since i'm not in that demographic I did not find it too useful. Also, if you are looking for specific stock picks you are going to be disappointed. The tools are there. Apply them and you can build a good investment portfolio. ...more
Mike Steele
Oct 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is the one book that anyone who wants to start investing should read first. Written for investors of all levels, from novices who know nothing, to the advanced who want to improve. The first edition of this book back in the 1990's set me on the course for a successful financial life, and this new edition brings everything up to date. ...more
Diko Raditya
Dec 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Sometimes being a fool is better than being a wise. This book will cover many type of investment, from safer one like mutual and index fund, to the riskier one like shorting stock, and stock option. And it will tell you the reason to and not to go for it, with easy example to follow. Definitely a must read for new investor
Feb 21, 2021 rated it really liked it
Small investors basically have two good choices: invest in low cost index funds, or use simple strategies that bring you advantages that investment funds can't use. This book clearly and simply explains both. I'd like them to write a book with more detail, but I suppose that's why they have a huge web presence and a bunch of subscription services. ...more
Ryan Lopez
Apr 28, 2021 rated it really liked it
For someone financially illiterate like me, this book taught me so much. I’d say it teaches the basics and gives some tips and strategies on how to invest. Explains everything simply, even the math stuff which was good. Tough to pick up because it’s finance.. blah, but once you commit it’s actually easy to read and witty
Dec 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: financial
Full of great information. A very informative read. This was the first Motley Fool Guide
I and read and I enjoyed it very much. Well written and easy to understand. I won this book in a GoodReads Giveaway.
Feb 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Nice book, the author talks in detail about his/her approach while assessing businesses , Focussing on certain aspects of daunting financial statements and the reasons for it - this is certainly a handy tool in any investors arsenal.
Love Allman
Dec 13, 2017 rated it liked it
I received this book in the giveaways and it arrived lightning fast. Thank you. I have not read this book because I am not an investor. I am giving it as a gift. Thank you very much!!
Susan Csoke
Dec 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This revised and updated third edition is loaded with all the information that is needed to be a successful investor. Thank you Goodreads for this free book!!!!!
Bennett L
Jan 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great for getting started in investing, but should have some background experience. A little slow at parts, but explains topics very well.
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Jun 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: investing
Essential read that shaped the core of my investing process.
Timothy J Summers
Jul 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great book that explains what we, the individual investor, needs to know to succeed. I look forward to applying these tools and strategies. Thank you, Gentlemen.
John  Landes
Feb 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
THE best book on explaining the stock market I’ve read. Phenomenal... will read many more times and take a lot more notes!
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