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I would consider myself to be 90% novice in terms of investment planning, and found this book to be extraordinarily informative. The information is presented in a clear and easily to comprehend fashion, making the book an invaluable source of reference for establishing a strong foundational understanding necessary for successful investment and retirement planning. As someone who is 28 now, I'm so thankful to have access to this information to be able to begin educated financial planning for my future. I extend my sincerest gratitude to the author!
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What was one of the most memorable moments of A Beginner's Guide to Investing?
I think it's quite telling when the author informs us that the long-term investment strategy is fool proof, since essentially the whole economic system is based on it's success. Once you understand that, it's much easier to concentrate on retirement investing, diversification, and asset allocation - wow! I finally realize what all of those words mean!
What about Adam Verner’s performance did you like?
Oh, Adam has a pretty steady/stable voice. He's extremely clear. I wouldn't want to see him emcee a wedding, but as a narrator, he gets 5 stars from me!
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
Yes, the book made me cry when I realized how much money I have lost over the past several years by not investing my savings correctly.
Any additional comments?
This is a very good book for anyone who knows a little about retirement investing (i.e., if you have taken the time to learn about your employer retirement benefit), and a little about the stock market, just so that one can understand enough terminology to understand this audio book. Although the book does a good job in providing definitions, it would be difficult to follow for someone who has no investment understanding what-so-ever. That being said, I think every beginner should listen to / read this book. It's practical, commonsense, and should make you understand, and give you the confidence, that taking your money out of that money market account, and putting it into yours and your spouse's Traditional or Roth IRA is one the best investment moves you could ever make! Such commonsense advice, and convincing through facts, and not fantasy. For some beginners, the book may leave your yearning for more. For example, in my case, by the end of the book I wanted to know more about exactly which investment products I should consider, or at least more tangible advice on how to identify such products from the milieu available in my low-cost brokerage account. I also wanted to know more about asset allocation, and how certain big changes in the economy, such as rising interest rates, might impact how I decide to allocate and/or reallocate my assets. The nice thing is that the author is active online and so you the discussion can continue after the book reading/listening is done!
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