The Motley Fool Investment Workbook

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There's never been a better time for the individual investor to take control of his or her investments. Anybody with a computer and a modem can monitor stocks, access real-time quotes, get the latest company financials, and much, much more in short, you can get all the same data as Wall Street's Wise Men. And you can do more with it than they ever dreamed.

The Motley Fool is the most popular online financial forum on the planet. It's the place where hundreds of thousands of individual investors go to get what they need to maximize their investment dollars. And for good reason. Since the Gardner brothers took their act online in 1994, they and their fellow Fools have been helping these investors crush the market averages. In their national bestseller, The Motley Fool Investment Guide (and in You Have More Than You Think, their latest assault on the Wise and latest advice for the eager investor), the Gardners have introduced their readers to the investment strategies and financial tactics that enabled them to beat the very best that Wall Street could manage.

Now, The Motley Fool Investment Workbook will take you step-by-step through the process of putting to the lessons learned in these two books. Here, you will pick up a pencil and: Build yourself a budget Figure out how much you have to invest Work out which investment strategy is best for you Discover the best sources of stock market information and what to do with them once you find them Find out where and how to buy stocks the cheapest and fastest way possible Learn when to hold on to your investment and when if ever to let it go

And that's not all The Motley Fool Investment Workbook will show you exactly how to take control of your own monetary destiny in the simplest possible way.

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About the Author:

David and Tom Gardner founded The Motley Fool in 1993. Today they reach millions of people each month through their bestselling books; nationally syndicated newspaper column; investment newsletters; weekly NPR radio show; and award-winning Web site, Fool.com.

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From Chapter OneWHY ARE YOU HERE?

Turn on any investing show on television. (OK, you might never have done this before, but humor us.) Chances are that at some point in the next half hour you'll see a person looking quite knowledgeable make a prediction about the stock market. He or she might say something like, "The market is entering a push-pull phase, as evidenced by the inverse parabolic formation that is occurring in the advance-decline line. The Dow will drop 342 points over the next two months, starting Monday." The interviewer nods gravely and sympathetically. You, of course, are mystified, and so is everybody else (including the interviewer).

Is it any wonder that, for decades, most Americans haven't thought they could handle investing on their own?

The good news is that, despite how intimidating investing might seem, never before have so many been this interested in it and never before has the information been so accessible.

These days a lot of us are successfully directing our own retirement money through things like 401(k) plans and individual retirement accounts (IRAs). And most of us expect that in our lifetimes we'll save enough to buy a house, put our children through school, and cover unexpected expenses. But did any of us think we could expect some Foolish fun along the way, too? Hopefully, you've realized that managing your money can be extremely entertaining and enlightening.

Others, however, have not yet taken to saving and investing—either because the stock market seems indecipherable or because they consider "money watching" a petty, self-interested pastime. Oddly enough, because of their failure to save or invest, they tend to be the very sort who eventually worry most about how they're going to make it to and through retirement. For them, the stock market is a bugaboo. Unlike gaining interest in a savings account, they know, making money through investing in the stock market is not guaranteed. "I could lose it all!" they cry.

While this may be a common worry among those who've never invested in stocks, their catastrophe mentality is equivalent to never crossing the street because they might get hit by a bicycle. Granted, watching financial "experts" on television probably does little to put one's mind at ease; but the first thing we want you to know is that the experts know a lot less than they think. And you know a lot more than you'd ever believe.

Thanks to the recent and unprecedented spread of education about money, it's easier and more rewarding than ever before to take a do-it-yerself attitude about your money. It's a revolution, dear Fool, and if you need proof, just look in the mirror. With this book in hand, you're our latest indicator! And what's particularly important to recognize is that our collective interest these days in managing our own money flies in the face of most Wall Street institutions, which have a strong financial incentive to make investing seem like Newtonian physics. After all, much of Wall Street exists to manage other people's money—that's the reason these guys work in skyscrapers, not back alleys. And since the whole way they continue to afford their high rent is by charging you to manage your money, part of their sales job has to be showing you that this is just too difficult for you to do on your own. But as we'll demonstrate in this Foolish guide, investing is not Newtonian physics. The Wise men of Wall Street know that well. It's about time that you did, too.

Professional money management in fact contradicts the normal way things work in business. Most professions exist to translate or reduce complex things into simpler forms that are more accessible and helpful to the rest of us. An accountant sifts through difficult tax laws and reams of financial data to tell a corporation how much it owes in taxes. A doctor takes advantage of years of research and education to prescribe a drug that will help your hay fever. An engineer makes use of physics and material science to design the office building you work in. Professionals in the investing world, however, generally try to make everything more difficult, because that's how they make their money. They make your investing decisions sound dicey so that you contract them to guide you. Convenient, eh?

This workbook is designed to show you that while investing may be hard work, it isn't as difficult as you thought. What do you know about investing? We're already convinced that you know more than you think. Everybody knows something about business, and the stock market makes it possible for you to buy shares in companies that are involved in almost any facet of your life.

Do you work with automobiles? Chances are you know which companies make the best parts. Do you play sports? You probably know which companies make the best-selling gear. If you are a doctor, you probably know which pharmaceutical companies are coming out with the best drugs. Successful investing involves, primarily, just looking around you, scratching your head a bit, and saying stuff like, "Utah, that makes sense."

The Motley Fool Investment Workbookhas been carefully designed to provide a roll-up-your-sleeves interactive learning experience. The aim is to have you take control of your financial future. Absolutely no knowledge of any kind about personal finance or the stock market is required.

Copyright © 1998 by The Motley Fool Inc.

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