The Individual Investor Revolution: Seize Your New Powers of Investing & Make More Money in the Market

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9780070120495: The Individual Investor Revolution: Seize Your New Powers of Investing & Make More Money in the Market

In this insider guide to investing like a Wall Street pro, Carlson points the way to stock market success with his proven five-step system.

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Charles B. Carlson strongly believes that anyone can become a blue-chip stock investor: you can do it with $50 a month, little or no money up front, no fees, and--best of all--no broker. In his book, The Individual Investor Revolution, Carlson writes that this is the best way to participate in today's stock market.

For those who need an introduction, Carlson is a noted pied piper of "dividend reinvestment plans" or DRIPs--programs that invite you to buy stock directly from companies, without a broker. About 1,100 companies offer stock via optional monthly cash payments and reinvesting of dividends. Better yet, 400 of these--including Disney, Exxon, IBM, and Compaq--will sell you the first share without a broker. The increasing popularity of investing "drip by drip" is one sign of the extraordinary clout that small investors are wielding on Wall Street these days, Carlson says. The Internet also is changing the face of investing by providing online trading and easy access to high-level information and research, he writes. With DRIPs, 401(k) retirement plans, no-load mutual funds, and Roth IRAs, people are getting all the tools they need to build wealth over time. "You have the ability to change your financial future, as well as the financial futures of your children and your grandchildren," writes Carlson, who publishes investment newsletters and comanages a mutual fund.

Carlson's fans will enjoy this book's "ultimate individual-investor portfolios," featuring his best picks for mutual funds, individual stocks, and mini-profiles of 60 top companies. The book also includes a valuable directory with performance histories of nearly 200 companies offering direct purchase of stock. The Individual Investor Revolution is excellent for readers who want an all-inclusive guide to DRIPs. It's also a great primer for people starting out in the stock market. --Dan Ring

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"Chuck Carlson is the guru of the do-it-yourself strategy..."--The Cleveland Plain Dealer. A revolution is sweeping America! Make your financial declaration of independence! For the very first time in history, Wall Street and Main Street are on equal terms! And The Individual Investor Revolution provides you with an arsenal of weapons to fight and win the battle on Wall Street. Inside you'll discover: Carlson's 10 rules of Engagement (most urgent is #1: "If you're not in the game, get in the game as soon as possible"); start-up strategies for everyone, regardless of income, age, or investment know-how; easy tools to determine the market's 12-month risk, bull/bear trend, and interest rate direction--you don't even need a computer; best web sites for researching stocks and mutual funds; do's and don'ts for selecting an online broker; advice on finding value stocks in a value-scarce market; tactics to maximize the government's new retirement investing rules, including the Roth IRA. PLUS...Directories of all U.S. and foreign companies that allow any investor to buy the first share and every share of stock directly, without a broker, and for little or no fees. All directory listings contain key contact numbers, web site addresses, and performance ratings.

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