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Shares Made Simple: A Beginner’s Guide to The Stock Market 3ed

by Rodney Hobson Harriman House
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Pbk 274 pages
AU$39.99 NZ$41.73
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For the past ten years, Shares Made Simple has been the top choice of readers who want to know more about the stock market. Now in a fully revised and updated third edition, the book continues to tear away the mystique and jargon that surrounds the stock market.


Written by highly respected financial journalist Rodney Hobson, it takes you step by step through the most basic concepts of stock market investing, carefully explaining issues such as:


- what shares are and how they are bought and sold

- why share prices go up and down

- why some companies' shares look cheap while others appear to be expensive

- the hidden traps for the unwary.


This fully revised and updated third edition of this bestselling book sets out to create a level playing field between the stock market professionals and the small investor. No one needs to suffer pitiful bank interest rates when there is real money to be made in sharing the nation's wealth.


Tens of thousands of investors have already benefited from Rodney's clear explanation of the stock market - now you can too.



• First time investors looking to make initial steps towards taking control of their ?nancial future.

• Professionals starting out their careers in the ?nancial industry.

About the Author




Part One: Shares

1. What Are Shares?

2. How Shares Are Created

3. Whose Company is It?

4. What's in it for Me?

5. Is My Investment Safe?


Part Two: The Stock Market

6. The Marketplace

7. Full Listings and AIM

8. How Shares are Traded

9. Stock Market Indices


Part Three: Companies

10. Company Focus

11. Income Statement (Profit and Loss)

12. Balance Sheet

13. Potential Nasties


Part Four: Investing

14. Starting Out

15. Stockbrokers

16. Fundamental Data

17. Charting

18. Tips

19. Jargon Busting

20. Rights Issues and Placings


Part Five: Takeovers

21. Mergers and Acquisitions

22. Before a Bid

23. A Bid is Launched

25. Management Buyouts


Useful Websites


Rodney Hobson is an experienced financial journalist who has held senior editorial positions with publications in the UK and Asia and is currently Editor of Ipreo, an international financial services group.


Among posts he has held are News Editor for the Business section of The Times, Business Editor of the Singapore Monitor, Deputy Business Editor of the Far Eastern Economic Review, Head of News at Citywire and Editor of Shares magazine. He has also contributed to the Daily Mail, the Independent and Business Franchise Magazine.


Rodney is the author of financial titles Shares Made Simple, now in its second edition (9780857192356), Small Companies, Big Profits (9781905641789), Understanding Company News (9781906659226), How to Build a Share Portfolio (9780857190215) and The Dividend Investor (9780857190963). He also writes the Detective Inspector Paul Amos Lincolnshire Mystery series of book (Dead Money, and Unlikely Graves).


He is registered as a Representative with the Financial Services Authority.


Rodney is married with one daughter.