Introduction

Stock Investing For Dummies, 4th Edition, has been an honor for me to write. I’m grateful that I can share my thoughts, information, and experience with such a large and devoted group of readers.

I appreciate the timing of this edition because the world of investing and the U.S. economy seem as hazardous as ever. Volatility and risk do indeed play a greater role in today’s stock market, and that means that patience and discipline are more important than ever. Fortunately, the investing tools, strategies, and vehicles at your beck and call give you the power to keep your portfolio growing even in today’s financial battlefield.

Successful stock investing takes diligent work and knowledge, like any other meaningful pursuit. This book can definitely help you avoid the mistakes others have made and can point you in the right direction. It gives you a heads up about trends and conditions that are found in few other stock investing guides. Explore the pages of this book and find the topics that most interest you within the world of stock investing. Let me assure you that I’ve squeezed more than a quarter century of experience, education, and expertise between these covers. My track record is as good as (or better than) the track records of the experts who trumpet their successes. More important, I share information to avoid common mistakes (some of which I made myself!). Understanding what not to do can be just as important as figuring out what to do.

In all the years that ...

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