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Investing in Shares For Dummies, 2nd UK Edition

Investing in Shares For Dummies, 2nd UK Edition

David Stevenson, Paul Mladjenovic

ISBN: 978-1-119-96641-8

Feb 2012

384 pages

Select type: E-Book



Master the markets and make wise investments.

Investing in Shares For Dummies gives you the sound advice and proven tactics you need to play the markets and watch your profits grow. The experienced authors introduce you to all categories of shares, show you how to analyse the key markets, and offer invaluable resources for developing a portfolio. Whether the markets are up or down, you'll discover practical investing strategies and expert insights so you have the knowledge to invest with confidence.

The book is divided into five parts:

Part I: The Essentials of Investing in Shares (including common approaches to investing in shares, assessing risks and getting to know the stock markets)

Part II: Before You Start Buying (including gathering the right info, finding a stockbroker, investing for growth and investing for income)

Part III: Picking Winners (including decoding company documents, analysing industries and seeking emerging sector opportunities)

Part IV: Investment Strategies and Tactics (including choosing a strategy, trading techniques, using your broker, and a glimpse at what the insiders do!)

Part V: The Part of Tens

Introduction 1

Part I: The Essentials of Investing in Shares 9

Chapter 1: Exploring the Basics 11

Chapter 2: Sizing Up Your Current Finances and Setting Goals 17

Chapter 3: Defi ning Common Approaches to Investing in Shares 33

Chapter 4: Assessing the Risks 43

Chapter 5: Getting to Know the Stock Markets 57

Part II: Before You Start Buying 65

Chapter 6: Gathering Information 67

Chapter 7: Finding a Stockbroker 87

Chapter 8: Investing for Growth 99

Chapter 9: Investing for Income 111

Chapter 10: Using Basic Accounting to Choose Winning Shares 123

Part III: Picking Winners 139

Chapter 11: Decoding Company Documents 141

Chapter 12: Analysing Industries 153

Chapter 13: Emerging Sector Opportunities 163

Chapter 14: Pounds, Prices and Politics 175

Part IV: Investment Strategies and Tactics 187

Chapter 15: Taking the Bull (Or Bear) by the Horns 189

Chapter 16: Choosing a Strategy That’s Just Right for You 201

Chapter 17: Using Your Broker and Trading Techniques 209

Chapter 18: Getting a Handle on DPPs, DRIPs and PCA . . . ASAP 225

Chapter 19: Looking at What the Insiders Do: Corporate Capers 235

Chapter 20: Tax Benefi ts and Liabilities 247

Chapter 21: Creating a Smarter Portfolio with Lower-Cost Funds 257

Part V: The Part of Tens 277

Chapter 22: Ten Warning Signs of a Share's Decline 279

Chapter 23: Ten Signals of a Share Price Increase 287

Chapter 24: Ten Ways to Protect Yourself from Fraud 293

Chapter 25: Ten Challenges and Opportunities for Stock Market Investors 301

Part VI: Appendixes 307

Appendix A: Resources for Investors in Shares 309

Appendix B: Financial Ratios and Accounting Terms 319

Index 329