9780470226803

Break down Your Money : How to Get Beyond the Noise to Profit in the Markets

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  • ISBN13:

    9780470226803

  • ISBN10:

    0470226803

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2008-06-30
  • Publisher: Wiley
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Summary

Wall Street speaks in tongues - and it does it on purpose! The pundits have their own "language" and they like it that way because it allows them to control the markets. Well, no more! Break Down Your Money will decode Wall Street's gibberish, help investors understand what the pros are talking about and allow them to use that information to make smart investing decisions. Filled with funny anecdotes, simple strategies, and quick tips, Break Down Your Money offers savvy financial advice for both beginners and those with some investing experience. Written by well-known financial columnist and Fox Business Correspondent Tracy Byrnes, this book covers a wide range of topics, including the ins and outs of stocks, bonds, mutual funds, and ETFs; how to read a financial statement; how mergers and acquisitions affect your positions; how to react (or not react) to external factors that affect the markets; and how to build your own portfolio. With this book as their guide, people looking to invest for success will discover exactly what it takes to make it in today's markets.

Author Biography

Tracy Byrnes has been a financial journalist for over ten years, covering tax, accounting, and personal finance issues. She is currently an on-air reporter for the FOX Business Network. Prior to that, she wrote weekly finance columns for the New York Post and TheStreet.com, where she also did daily videos for the Web site, and was a regular guest on numerous financial television shows. Before diving into journalism, Byrnes spent five years as a senior accountant with Ernst & Young LLP. Byrnes has an MBA in accounting from Rutgers University and a bachelor of arts in economics and English from Lehigh University.

Table of Contents

Forewordp. xi
Introductionp. xiii
Acknowledgmentsp. xv
Be An Owner, Not an Employeep. 1
To Market to Market, to Buy a ... What?p. 3
So What Exactly Is the Stock Market?p. 3
Buy a Stock and Become a Restaurateurp. 7
Look to the Indexes for the Market Scoopp. 10
Wrap-Upp. 16
The Lamborghini Murcielago LP640 Roadster: A Lifetime of Dividendsp. 19
The Derivation of Dividendp. 21
Dissecting a Dividend's Datep. 23
Rev the Engine with Some Ratiosp. 25
Drive through the Financialsp. 25
It's All About the Little Thingsp. 26
Get To Know a DRIP (Dividend Reinvestment Program)p. 28
What's a DRIP?p. 28
Of Course, the Company Benefits, Toop. 30
So How Do You Find a DRIP?p. 31
DRIP Downersp. 32
Wrap-Upp. 33
Bond, James Bondp. 35
Bond with the Familyp. 36
The Mature Bondp. 37
A Bond's Yieldp. 38
Wrap-Upp. 39
Mutual Funds and ETFs: For Folks on the Gop. 41
Mutual Funds: Funds for Kegsp. 41
Mixing in Exchange-Traded Fundsp. 53
Wrap-Upp. 59
Look under the Hoodp. 61
Navigating the Financial Statement: Your "Just Get to the Good Stuff" Guidep. 63
Find the Financials (Hint: They're in the Annual Report)p. 64
Where to Beginp. 66
Wrap-Upp. 68
Auditing Your Potential Investmentp. 69
Open the Company Checkbook: The Balance Sheetp. 69
Check the Company Report Card: The Income Statementp. 77
Wrap-Upp. 85
Cash Is the Real Deal. Earnings Reports Are Notp. 87
Find Your Two Dollars on the Cash Flow Statementp. 87
Earnings Release: The Ultimate Optimistp. 93
Wrap-Upp. 99
Breakfast with the Federal Reserve: Getting the Economic Porridge "Just Right"p. 101
Where Did the Fed Come from and Why Do We Need It?p. 102
Inflation: Bad for the Porridge and the Economyp. 103
Recession: Bad for Your Hairline and the Economyp. 104
How the Fed Keeps the Porridge "Just Right"p. 106
Adjusting Interest Rates: The Long, Slow Simmerp. 108
Testing the Porridgep. 113
Wrap-Upp. 115
Decisions, Decisionsp. 117
Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?: Growth, Value, and Momentum Stocksp. 119
Growth Stocks: Hidden Gemsp. 120
Value Stocks: Till Death Do Us Partp. 122
Momentum Stocks: One Night Standsp. 123
Wrap-Upp. 125
Evaluating Cars and Stocksp. 127
Price-to-Earnings Ratiop. 127
Price-to-Book Ratiop. 130
Growth Ratep. 132
Knowing What's Important: A Case-by-Case Decisionp. 135
Hard to Get Good Helpp. 136
Wrap-Upp. 136
The Ins and Outs of IPOsp. 139
Pop Goes the IPOp. 140
A Beneficial Blowp. 143
Knowing When to Make the Move from Public to Privatep. 146
Take That IPO on the Roadp. 147
Sorting through the S-1p. 149
Getting a Ticket to the Hottest Party in Townp. 152
Leave the Stock, Take the Fundp. 156
Wrap-Upp. 157
Options and Futuresp. 159
An Introduction to Optionsp. 159
Check the Expiration Date: Options Expiration Weekp. 165
Use the Futures Market to Foresee Marketp. 167
Wrap-Upp. 172
Bringing It All Togetherp. 175
Be Specific about Your Goalsp. 176
Spread the Risk Aroundp. 176
Don't Marry Your Holdingsp. 179
Do Your Homeworkp. 181
Don't Forget to Pay Uncle Samp. 184
Wrap-Upp. 186
Appendixp. 189
About the Authorp. 193
Indexp. 195
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