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Make Your Money Work For You (3rd Edn)

Book Description

Learn how to invest your money in the simplest possible way! Whether you are an investment veteran or wondering how to get started, you will find sensible advice about where you should invest your money in this comprehensive book. Find out how investments work, the different types of investment there are, the returns, and of course, the risks. Discover what kind of investor you are and decide where best to invest your money: in traditional or non-traditional investments. This book also answers questions on every investor's mind: How do I accumulate a million dollars?; Should I sell in the event of a crisis?; Do I really need a financial consultant? In this third edition of the book, find out how and what to look out for when you invest in real estate and in art and collectibles. And more importantly, learn how to protect yourself and your assets so that you're never left high and dry in the face of uncertainty and unforeseen circumstances.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Title
  3. Copyright
  4. Contents
  5. Introduction
  6. Part 1 : Basic Investment Concepts
    1. 1 Why Learn About Investing
    2. 2 The Major Types of Investments
      1. Stock Risk
      2. Bond Returns
      3. Bond Risk
      4. Money Market Returns
      5. Money Market Risk
    3. 3 The Risks and Returns from Investing
      1. Diversifiable Risk
      2. Non-diversifiable (or Systematic) Risk
    4. 4 Managing Crises and Diversification
      1. Perfect Positive Correlation
      2. Perfect Negative Correlation
      3. Zero Correlation
      4. Sample Risk Profile
      5. Your Target Investment Allocation
  7. Part 2 : Investing In Traditional Assets
    1. 5 Investing in Unit Trusts
      1. International Equity Funds
      2. Sector Funds
      3. Index Funds
      4. Fixed Income Funds
      5. Balanced Funds (Also Called Asset Allocation Funds)
      6. Offshore Funds
      7. Feeder Funds
    2. 6 Selecting and Managing Your Unit Trust Investments
      1. Review Top-Performing Funds
      2. Lipper Leader Ratings — What They Mean
      3. Transaction Costs
      4. Time and Effort
      5. Change in Risk Profile
    3. 7 Investing in Individual Stocks
      1. Cyclical Stocks
      2. Defensive Stocks
      3. Growth Stocks
      4. Value Stocks
      5. Blue-Chip Stocks
      6. Speculative Stocks
      7. Interest Rate Sensitive Stocks
      8. Income Stocks
      9. International Stocks
      10. Market Orders
      11. Limit Orders
      12. Stop Orders
    4. 8 Selecting and Managing Your Individual Stock Investments
      1. Using the PER to Value Stocks
      2. Forecasting Stock Price with PERs
      3. The Company is Embroiled in a Scandal
      4. The Company is Not Doing Well
      5. You Made a Mistake
      6. You are Over-Exposed to One Stock in Your Portfolio
      7. Interest Rates are Rising to Historical Highs
      8. Stock Prices are Soaring and Economic Activity Does Not Seem to be Picking Up
    5. 9 Investing in Individual Bonds
      1. Inflation Risk
      2. Default Risk
    6. 10 Selecting and Managing Your Individual Bond Investments
      1. Government Bonds
      2. Corporate Bonds
      3. Secured Bonds
      4. Unsecured Bonds
      5. Floating-Rate Bonds
      6. Zero-Coupon Bonds
      7. Callable Bonds
      8. Convertible Bonds
      9. High Yield Bonds
  8. Part 3 : Investing In Alternative Assets
    1. 11 Investing in Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) and Index Funds
    2. 12 Investing in Real Estate
      1. Holding Power
    3. 13 Socially Responsible Investing
    4. 14 Investing in Commodities
    5. 15 Investing in Gold
    6. 16 Investing in Hedge Funds
    7. 17 Investing in Art and Collectibles
    8. 18 Understanding Basic Derivatives
    9. 19 Understanding Structured Products and Other Derivatives
    10. 20 Understanding Currency
  9. Part 4 : Special Topics
    1. 21 Investing for Kids
    2. 22 Investing During Retirement
    3. 23 Protecting Your Wealth with Insurance
      1. Kim the Business Owner
      2. John Leaves a Legacy to His Favorite Charity
    4. 24 When Things Go Wrong
    5. 25 Getting Financial Advice
    6. 26 Protecting Your Portfolio in Downturns and Upturns