Chapter 1

Making Sense of Your Investing Options


check Comparing common investments

check Explaining investment terminology — risks and returns

check Looking at the best investment companies and the rest

check Deciphering the gobbledygook of professionals and credentials

So many subject areas and disciplines are packed full of jargon. Some of this is the result of “progress” and advances, and some of it is caused by workers in the field not going out of their way to explain and define things.

In this chapter, I give you the lay of the land regarding the enormous numbers of investment choices and foreign-sounding terminology that await you in the world of investing. I also explain the types of companies that offer investments and their strengths and weaknesses. And should you want to hire some investing help, I detail the various professionals pitching their services to you and the common credentials they hawk to convince you of their expertise.

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