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Summary

Many investors, including some with substantial portfolios, have only the sketchiest idea of how the stock market works. The reason, say Lynch and Rothchild, is that the basics of investing aren't taught in school. At a time when individuals have to make important decisions about saving for college and 401(k) retirement funds, this failure to provide a basic education in investing can have tragic consequences.

For those who know what to look for, investment opportunities are everywhere. The average high school student is familiar with Nike, Reebok, McDonald's, the Gap, and the Body Shop. Nearly every teenager in America drinks Coke or Pepsi, but only a very few own shares in either company or even understand how to buy them. Every student studies American history, but few realize that our country was settled by European colonists financed by public companies in England and Holland, and the basic principles behind public companies haven't changed in more than 300 years.

In Learn to Earn, Lynch and Rothchild explain in a style accessible to anyone how to read a stock table in the daily newspaper, how to understand a company's annual report, and why everyone should pay attention to the stock market. They explain not only how to invest, but also how to think like an investor.

©1996 Peter Lynch and John Rothchild. All rights reserved. (P)1996 Simon & Schuster Inc. All rights reserved.

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Basics, well explained!

This is an excellent start at looking at the basics of investing in the stock-market. Using simple analogies Peter Lynch shows why investing in stocks in the long run is an excellent way to become financially free.

The terms that are used in the financial market and financial publications such as bear markets, bull markets, P/E ratios etc are extremely well explained. Lynch also gives example of what happens in a general sense when there is a readjustment in the market or when a company gets bad news and stock prices fall. By using real examples to show how long term investments can accumulate and pay dividends to the investor if chosen well and held over the long term.

The basic theory of this book is a simple and similar in theory to many books written on Warren Buffett in fact many of the example written about in this book are stocks that Buffet has made a lot of money on. The theory is to buy when others are selling for the simple reason that excellent companies will always survive down turns in the economy and great companies still make large profits during times of uncertainty... even in the recession people drink Coke. If you are investing for the long term this certainly the way forward because as a individual trying to predict the hot stocks there is just too much risk.

The book however doesn't go into the picking of stocks in much detail, it is merely a starting point to look from. If you are looking for a book with more insight into what to look for in a stock price or a P/E ratio then I think that the next stage after this book would be "The New Buffettology" by Mary Buffett. This book goes into the aspects brought up by Peter Lynch in deeper context. With these two books under your belt I would suggest "The intelligent Investor" by Benjamin Graham, Warren Buffett's first mentor.

In conclusion I would highly recommend this book to anyone interested in investing.

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Why Lynch

Why did Lynch take break? Wish his family understand I know this because I've read Beating The Sreet.

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A great foundation

This book is perfect for a person new to investing and wanting to cover all the basics (and more) for a strong foundation on which to build. The narrator's voice is easy to listen to and the information is practical and full of examples. All the fancy stock market jargon is explained for even the most novice of listeners to understand.

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Very good explanation for beginners



This book gives a good introduction to investing from a business perspective. It also emphasizes the importance of investing and how having a long-term view can crucial. Peter Lynch explains the difference between the price of company and its story. He emphasizes that these can diverge and investors can benefit from this if prudent.

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This book is very outdated & very short!

I wouldn't recommend it. This book is very outdated & very short at only two chapters.

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A must read

Any explanation is broken down into its simplest form. Complicated concepts explained in a way a school kid would be able to understand it.

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Good book

I'm a bit fan of Peter lynch. The book is short and sweet with enough information to keep you well informed and in tune with successful investors.

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Investing knowledge foundation

Great listen... still relevant after 15 years since the books release. Investing is a skill everyone should learn that schools dont teach. Peter lynch is definitely a go too for inspiration. Short and simple and extremely easy to apply this books knowledge into your life ;) .

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Simply awesome

I can't praise this book enough. Every word is a gem. Take notes as you read.

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Great primer for investing. A classic.

Great primer for beginners on principles and practices of investing in stocks and funds. perfect compliment to Lynch's other 'must read' book One Up On Wall Street

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  • Charlie
  • 19-03-13

Good Starter

What about Peter Lynch’s performance did you like?

Peter Lynch was very understandable and clear in what he read. I enjoyed listening to this audiobook and had no trouble understanding what he said.

What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

The opening story example was one I will remember on the differences on how to see your financial choices, what one should invest in and what is something that shouldn't be worried about. It helped me see that it is possible to save the money up to invest if you look at it at the right angle.

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I felt this was a good eye opener and will help me on my start into my road to investing. One should not just take this book then jump into the market, but it will help you get started on the questions you should use to research and learn more about. My next steps are of course, learning all the different types of investing and which funds I may be more interested in investing with, be it mutual funds or index. There are so many choices and this at least puts many of them on my radar and helped me know what I need to know more about.

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  • Vikas
  • 12-09-18

2 chapters only

i believe there should be more chapters but only 2 chapters are narrated. there should be more chapters in the audible format.

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  • Tech Pro
  • 06-10-21

it's ok

not much info. Just story's of history and basic info. Theres no real technical information.

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  • Fern
  • 22-07-22

overall pretty good so far

im on chapter 3. not bad. I'd definitely recommend this book. might hard to understand but I have it speed up to 1.5 times speed no problem.

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  • tiffany batts
  • 30-06-22

Great book!

I loved it. I will listen to it a couple more times taking notes. This book is so full of knowledge and understanding about investing.

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  • alexcgri
  • 16-06-22

Wonderful book read by Peter Lynch

This was a nice simple listen with lots of great tidbits, especially in chapter 2. It was great that it was also narrated by Peter Lynch as it adds to the dymanic when it's read by the author himself. Thanks!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 27-04-22

How big investors make money

This is an excellent overview on how to behave in the stock market, totally recommend it.

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  • coff34
  • 26-02-22

warning: abridged version - only first two chapter

maybe I made a mistake, but where did it say this was abridged. it's only the first two chapters?

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  • nikki
  • 27-11-21

Good for basics

Meant for complete beginners who are trying to understand the absolute basics of the markets. Captures concepts that are pretty timeless.

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  • Sublimeload
  • 01-11-21

Eh.

Expected a lot more. It's 2 chapters long and very basic. Would recommend for children.