Understanding Stocks 2E

Understanding Stocks 2E

Revised and updated–the new edition of the stock investing classic is packed with powerful new strategies for today’s market realities


Understanding Stocks, Second Edition teaches you how to open an account, evaluate stocks, and make trades. New chapters include short selling, ETF strategies, how to profit in bull and bear markets, how to use market indicators, using index funds, alternative investments, and new stock strategies. Also included are interviews with William O’Neil and John Bogle. 

Michael Sincere is a full-time columnist for MarketWatch and author of numerous books, including Understanding Options, All About Market Indicators, Predict the Next Bull or Bear Market and Win, and Start Day Trading Now. 

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  1. DJ Exquiz says:
    4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    A Solid Introduction/ Review of Basic Stock Trading and Investing, October 12, 2015
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    DJ Exquiz (NJ, USA) –

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    I read Michael Sincere’s Understanding Stocks (1st Edition) about 8 years ago (slightly before the 2008 crash), and found that it was probably one of the best introductions to understanding trading and the stock market that I had so far come across. I previously had read some of the Little Book of Investing series including one by Morningstar Analyst Pat Dorsey which were very good explanations of how investing works, but offered very little explanations on how to actually place trades in the Stock Market. Like another reviewer said I placed one of my first trades with the instructions of this book ( Western Digital stock when it traded for only around 28/ share (8 yrs ago), how’s that for specific!). In response to the reviewer who said this book is too general and sounds like a High School teacher’s introduction to stocks I would disagree, first in this second edition which I recently purchased to see any updates or changes, he includes profiles of Wall Street legends like William O’ Neal, profiles Peter Lynch’s trading system, and even includes his own interview with Vanguard fund founder John Bogle, how much more specifics do you want for a book that is supposed to be a primer/ introduction to stock trading? Is this book going to tell you how to short specific stocks on the S&P 500 based off the next “ominous” indicator signal “derived” from the previous 30 and 50 MACD, not really but it does explain what a MA and MACD is, and gives a solid introduction to how Technical and Fundamental Analysis works, and if you’re someone who doesn’t know what these terms mean, then this book is your place to start before you think about investing in the Stock Market.
    This is not to carry the water for Michael Sincere’s Understanding Stocks book , but just to point out that many times it seems people look for books like this to make them a “successful” something or other (in this case stock trader) but stock investing and especially active trading are not an exact science but more of an art, so like any good art instructional book, it can only lay out the palette, explain what each tool does,give some solid techniques and examples, and leave the rest to your own tuition and creativity. But Sincere does offer some solid advice about whether he thinks beginners should trade individual stocks in the stock market at all. Highly Recommend!

    Also Recommend:
    The Five Rules for Successful Stock Investing: Morningstar’s Guide to Building Wealth and Winning in the Market
    The Little Book That Builds Wealth: The Knockout Formula for Finding Great Investments
    The Little Book of Common Sense Investing: The Only Way to Guarantee Your Fair Share of Stock Market Returns
    Understanding Options 2E for more advanced traders/ investors
    One Up On Wall Street: How To Use What You Already Know To Make Money In The Market

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  2. Kent says:
    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Okay for high school students or novice stock investors, July 18, 2015
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    Kent

    This review is from: Understanding Stocks 2E (Paperback)
    If you are a sophomore in high school, and/or an absolute novice stock investor, then this book would be okay. The examples are all very generic (“Let’s say you own stock XYZ…”) rather than information about stocks that exist. The only times he gets specific is when he relates well-known events you can read about in history books or online (e.g., stock market crashes). His advice is very wishy-washy. He references unnamed friends and acquaintances, rather than specific people with expertise in the stock market or any specific trades he has done. To me, the author comes off like a high school teacher who learned about stocks and is now teaching about them, rather than a real stock investor or trader. If you want a hands-on book for grownups with specifc ideas from a veteran stock-trader, then I suggest Jim Cramer’s book “Get Rich Carefully.”
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  3. ERWIN says:
    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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    Five Stars, March 3, 2015
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    ERWIN

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    Made my first trade with its help.
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