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Shares Made Simple

A beginner's guide to the stock market

By Rodney Hobson

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Shares Made Simple

A beginner's guide to the stock market

By Rodney Hobson

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For the past ten years, Shares Made Simple has been the top choice of readers who want to know more about the stock market. Now in a fully revised and updated third edition, the book continues to tear away the mystique and jargon that surrounds the stock market.

Written by highly respected financial journalist Rodney Hobson, it takes you step by step through the most basic concepts of stock market investing, carefully explaining issues such as:

– what shares are and how they are bought and sold
– why share prices go up and down
– why some companies’ shares look cheap while others appear to be expensive
– the hidden traps for the unwary.

This fully revised and updated third edition of this bestselling book sets out to create a level playing field between the stock market professionals and the small investor. No one needs to suffer pitiful bank interest rates when there is real money to be made in sharing the nation’s wealth.

Tens of thousands of investors have already benefited from Rodney’s clear explanation of the stock market – now you can too.

About the author

Rodney Hobson is an experienced financial journalist who has held senior editorial positions with publications in the UK and Asia and is currently Editor of Ipreo, an international financial services group.

Among posts he has held are News Editor for the Business section of The Times, Business Editor of the Singapore Monitor, Deputy Business Editor of the Far Eastern Economic Review, Head of News at Citywire and Editor of Shares magazine. He has also contributed to the Daily Mail, the Independent and Business Franchise Magazine.

Rodney is the author of financial titles Shares Made Simple, now in its second edition (9780857192356), Small Companies, Big Profits (9781905641789), Understanding Company News (9781906659226), How to Build a Share Portfolio (9780857190215) and The Dividend Investor (9780857190963). He also writes the Detective Inspector Paul Amos Lincolnshire Mystery series of book (Dead Money, and Unlikely Graves).

He is registered as a Representative with the Financial Services Authority.

Rodney is married with one daughter.


“Definitely recommended”

Shares magazine

“I wish this book had been around when I was first learning about the stock market”

Daily Telegraph

“A good introduction to the subject for the absolute beginner…also provides some useful tips for those who know a bit about the markets and want to know more or use it as a reference tool.”

Adam Shaw, BBC Working Lunch

“[A] highly readable work which will prove an invaluable introduction to the stock market for trustees … gives beginners a greater understanding of how the City of London operates.”

Pensions World

“A carefully crafted step by step guide”

MoneyMaker magazine

“An invaluable tool for anyone who professionally needs to know about the stock market”

Traders Magazine

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About the Author

Part One: Shares
1. What Are Shares?
2. How Shares Are Created
3. Whose Company is It?
4. What's in it for Me?
5. Is My Investment Safe?

Part Two: The Stock Market
6. The Marketplace
7. Full Listings and AIM
8. How Shares are Traded
9. Stock Market Indices

Part Three: Companies
10. Company Focus
11. Income Statement (Profit and Loss)
12. Balance Sheet
13. Potential Nasties

Part Four: Investing
14. Starting Out
15. Stockbrokers
16. Fundamental Data
17. Charting
18. Tips
19. Jargon Busting
20. Rights Issues and Placings

Part Five: Takeovers
21. Mergers and Acquisitions
22. Before a Bid
23. A Bid is Launched
25. Management Buyouts

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Published: 09/07/2018
Edition: 3rd
Pages: 274
Formats: paperback - ISBN 9780857197092
ebook - ISBN 9780857197108
audio - ISBN 0000000000008
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