Financial Times Guide to Investing, The: The Definitive Companion To Investment and The Financial Markets, 4th edition

Published by Pearson (February 20, 2020) © 2020

  • Glen Arnold Salford University



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The Financial Times Guide to Investing is the definitive introduction to the art of successful stock market investing by debunking the myth that investing is only for the wealthy.
Bestselling author Glen Arnold covers the basics of what investors do and why companies need them, through to the practicalities of buying and selling shares and how to make the most from your money. Learn how to understand different types of investment vehicles, pick the right companies and understand their accounts so you can compile and manage a sophisticated portfolio.
The 4th edition of this investing classic has been thoroughly updated and will give you everything you need to choose your shares with skill and confidence.
New for this edition:
  • Updated insights into the inner workings of stock markets, new accounting rules and dangers to watch out for when looking for investment gems
  • Recent Financial Times articles, and the latest statistics to illustrate and expand on case studies and examples
  • Detailed updates of changes to tax rules and rates
  • 1 What is investment?
  • 2 The rewards of investment
  • 3 Stock markets
  • 4 Buying and selling shares
  • 5 Pooled investments
  • 6 Bonds
  • 7 Unusual share investment
  • 8 Derivatives and options
  • 9 Futures
  • 10 Spread betting, contracts for difference and warrants
  • 11 Company accounts
  • 12 Key investment ratios and measures
  • 13 Tricks of the accounting trade
  • 14 Analysing industries
  • 15 The competitive position of the firm
  • 16 Companies issuing shares
  • 17 Taxation and investors
  • 18 Mergers and takeovers
  • 19 Investor protection
  • 20 Measuring performance: indices and risk
  • 21 Investment clubs
  • Glossary

Glen Arnold, PhD, runs his own equity portfolio from the heart of rural Leicestershire.  He used to teach in the City and was a Professor of Investment but concluded that academic life was not nearly as much fun, nor as intellectually stimulating, as making money in the markets. For decades, his research focus explored the question: ‘What works in investment?’ drawing on the ideas of the great investors, academic discoveries and his own experience, good and bad.

As well as being author of the UK’s number 1 investment book, The Financial Times Guide to Investing, he wrote the investing classics, The Great Investors, The Financial Times Guide to Value Investing, Get Started In Shares, and The Deals of Warren Buffett. He has also written several market-leading university textbooks including Corporate Financial Management, as well as the best-selling book on banking, The Financial Times Guide to Banking.  

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