Sometimes we just have to toot our own horns and this is my day to do so. Over the years, it’s been a joy to watch the popularity of my stock book, The Neatest Little Guide to Stock Market Investing, grow steadily. It improves with each edition because I’m constantly refining strategies, collecting input from readers and investment professionals, and just plain learning on my own in Wall Street’s school of hard knocks. That’s why the 2010 edition is the best yet.
Therefore, I’m happy to see it utterly dominate its genre. It’s been Amazon’s top stock book for months, occasionally slipping to number two in the stock category, but almost always parked at the top slot with an overall Amazon Bestsellers Rank in the top 1,000 books and frequently in the top 500 or 600. For example, here’s how it looked this morning:
To appreciate that dominance, consider this Amazon Bestsellers Rank listing of the top five sellers in the Books > Business & Investing > Investing > Stocks category at the same time the above screen was captured:
Thank you to everybody who’s helped make The Neatest Little Guide to Stock Market Investing such a rip-roaring success. I appreciate your emails of gratitude, your suggestions for improvements, your recommendations to friends, and everything else you do to make my job thrilling.
If, by chance, you haven’t read the top stock book at Amazon, order your copy now. If you need another one, order that now, too. Order all you want — we’ll print more!
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This is pretty cool! The numbers aren’t lying, either – it’s easily the best book I’ve read on investing!
Congratulations Jason Its my favorite stock investing book, and I look forward to reading your letter every weekend!
Jason! You have really written a great book
I am halfway through book and really appreciate the strategies
Thanks for all your efforts you put in this book
What wonderful comments! Thank you for them, and for becoming my readers. I’ll keep at it for you!
Congratulation ! Keep up the good work Jason ! you prove thru your weekly letters that you are the best and most honest investor to follow , I follow every move you make in the stock investment journey
From your long time subscriber
Thank you, Marie!
I had a glimpse of Stock Market Investing and it looks good. Will take a look when it appears at Barnes and Noble.
By the way, are you doing all your research and writing in Japan?
I’m glad the book looks good to you. It should already be at your B&N. It’s a regular stock item.
On Japan, yes, I’ve lived and worked in Japan for almost nine years now. I thought it was going to be a one-year trip! It’s a lovely country.
I am a new comer when comes to any kind of investing and I grabbed your book – “Neatest Little Guide to Stock Market …” to gain understanding of terms and learn strategies on investment in stock market. First of all, even for a newbie like me, this book is very useful and to the point. I liked your book very much, though I do not understand it fully, I am fascinated by the examples you have mentioned.
I have a few questions on what you mentioned in chapter 3. It will help me very much if you can spare some time to answer my questions. Most of these questions might be dumb though.
1. You have used this term many times – “S&P 500’s average return” /”Dow’s average return” what does this term mean? Does it mean that if I invest in all the companies in a particular index, my total return (sum of gains and loses) is the index’s average return? If so, then it is not average. So looks like I did not fully understand this.
2. pg 98: “inflation adjust to 2003’s dollar”: Does it mean that “all stocks” consisted of companies whose market cap was at least 185 million of 2003’s dollar? You did use “at least” but in the very next sentence you mentioned that “companies were worth 185 mil 2003’s dollar” so I am confused if exact worth of the company should be 185 mill or should it be at least 185 mil?
3. pg 99: what does “rolling 10 year periods” mean? you have used this term many times in this chapter. Please can you tell me what it means? Does it mean once in 10 years or 10 times in 10 years at the rate of once per year?
4. pg 105: In the experiment which O’Shaughnessy did – was number of shares purchased equal between “all stocks” and “large companies”? Was the number of shares equal when he combined both – growth and value investing? or did he just split $10,000 evenly between the two strategies?
5. The table in page 107 shows compound annual return for each criterion. For S&P 500, it is 10,61%. Will this number not change depending on how many shares of stock I purchase among the 500 companies? If I buy 100 shares in company A which gave me loss and 200 of company B which gave me good return, will the annual return not change? what was the assumption made to calculate these numbers?
6. S&P 500 has 500 leading companies as per market cap so if just invest in those companies, I will get decent returns, then I will not need all these strategies but that is not how it is done. There should be a reason why people do not blindly invest in S&P 500 companies or companies on Dow. I am unable to think of that reason. Please can you tell me I should not just invest in S&P 500 companies?
Thanks so much for your time.
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