Shares Made Simple: A Beginner's Guide to the Stock Market

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Harriman House Limited, 2012 - Business & Economics - 217 pages
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Shares Made Simple, written by highly respected financial journalist Rodney Hobson, tears away the mystique and jargon that surrounds the stock market. 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 second edition of this bestselling book sets out to create a level playing field between the stock market professionals and the small investor. As rising living standards and inherited cash provide assets for investment, no-one needs to suffer pitiful bank interest rates when there is real money to be made in sharing the nation's wealth.
Thousands of investors have already benefited from Rodney's clear explanation of the stock market - now you can too.
 

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Contents

What Are Shares?
3
How Shares Are Created
9
Whose Company Is It?
15
Whats In It For Me?
23
Is My Investment Safe?
35
Section B The Stock Market
45
The Market Place
47
Full Listings And AIM
53
Stockbrokers
127
Fundamental Data
133
Charting
139
Tips
147
Jargon Busting
155
Rights Issues And Placings
161
Section E Takeovers
169
Mergers And Acquisitions
171

How Shares Are Traded
61
Stock Market Indices
69
Companies
77
Company Focus
79
Income Statement Profit And Loss
83
Balance Sheet
101
Potential Nasties
105
Investing
117
Starting Out
119
Before A Bid
175
A Bid Is Launched
183
Bid Timetable
195
Management Buyouts
199
Appendix
201
Useful Websites
203
Index
205
Copyright

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About the author (2012)

Rodney Hobson is an experienced financial journalist who has held senior editorial positions with publications in the UK and Asia.


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.


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


Rodney is married with one daughter.

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