Book Review: Investing Essentials (Get a copy for free!)

I just got this in the mail recently and finally got a chance to read through it. It’s titled “Investing Essentials”, by Kenneth Morris and Virginia Morris. It’s actually barely a book, more like a pamphlet (20 pages long including glossary). It looks like a condensed version of Wall Street Journal Guide to Understanding Money and Investing, by the same authors.

From the cover it is:

“An easy-to-understand, easy-to-use primer that helps to take the mystery out of mutual funds, stocks, diversification, risk/return, liquidity, and tracking performance.”

I’d say that pretty much sums it up. If you are already familiar with the basics, this won’t be of much interest. It would probably be great for the beginning investor or a teenager interested in the markets. Either way, it’s free from Fidelity, just click here and fill out the form. No purchase or account with Fidelity required. Give it as a gift? I’m not sure when I filled it out so I can’t say how fast it comes, but it does come.


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  2. Jennifer says:

    I’m new to your blog, and maybe you’ve already tried this…do you have a library near your home? I rarely buy books and check them out from the library. It saves a lot of money.

  3. Hi Jennifer – Yep, I use my library when they have the books, which is not always. I can usually wait if the book is not something I really want. Although sometimes I also buy the book anyways if I really like it. Wait times can be long, but the library is definitely the first place to look!

  4. Two books you should definitely check out:
    A Random Walk Down Wall Street

    Unconventional Success: A Fundamental Approach to Personal Investment

    (Read ARWDWS first – it’s much more digestible, and a more fun read)

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