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The Irwin Guide to Using the Wall St.Reet Journal, 6th Edition
The Irwin Guide to Using the Wall St.Reet Journal, 6th Edition
von Michael B. Lehmann
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Preis: EUR 28,86

4.0 von 5 Sternen Be your own economist, 23. Juli 2000
Financial literacy is one of the basic keys to achieving Financial Independence. Money is seen with the mind, not with the eyes. Those who can read financial numbers and news will eventually control those who cannot. Many people make decisions to buy real estate or stocks, or enter into businesses, based on their emotions and not on any understanding of the financial rationale behind it. That's why 9 out 10 people don't make money.
The Wall Street Journal is the best source of all the financial, economics and investment news, figures and data you need to get started on acquiring financial literacy. Having said that, for one who has not studied economics or obtained a finance degree, it can be quite a task trying to understand all that information. This is where The Irwin Guide to Using The Wall Street Journal helps the interested reader to make full use of The Wall Street Journal to become his/her own economist.
Not many books like this book come this far. This book is now into its 6th edition, having been first published in 1984. This edition has been updated with more current and post-1996 examples and illustrations.
I like how this book takes the various sections found in The Wall Street Journal and explains the significance of the information, figures and data and then relates it to the reader's understanding of finance and economics. This certainly enhances the reader's appreciation of the nuggets of information found in The Wall Street Journal. This book also enlightens the reader as to the various choices of investments out there - from stocks, to commodities and metals, and to money market investments.
All in all, I found this to be good book for those who have no prior education in finance and economics but who are willing to take action to learn more. Even those with a basic knowledge of economics will stand to gain from this book.
For those who may require a more basic book on understanding economics, I would like to recommend Economic Literacy by Jacob De Rooy or The Wall Street Journal's Guide to Understanding Money & Investing. And for those ready to take on more complex readings, I would recommend R Mark Rogers' Handbook of Key Economic Indicators.


No Excuses: The Antonio Sabato, Jr. Workout Book: Workout for Life
No Excuses: The Antonio Sabato, Jr. Workout Book: Workout for Life
von Greg Frietas
  Taschenbuch

5.0 von 5 Sternen Building a Muscular Physique without using extreme measures, 22. Juli 2000
There are loads of bodybuilding books out there. And to some, the price of this book may be on the high side. So, why Antonio Sabato's Workout For Life?
Here's why. The physique achieved by Antonio is no mean feat. This book shows you how you can build a great physique by being moderate and commonsensical; without resorting to pills, supplements and fancy diets; and without lifting weights which may be too heavy for your own good.
It's refreshing how Antonio departs from the usual oft-cited bodybuilding "wisdom" out there. Conventional bodybuilding techniques teach you to use heavy weights and to have rests in between these heavy sets. However, using heavy weights do not necessarily translate into muscles. Antonio believes in using intensity to build muscles - that means using lighter weights but moving quickly from set to set and without excessive rest. If you have trouble lifting the weights, then it is too heavy for your body, and you should use lighter weights, says Antonio.
What I was impressed by was the fact that Antonio achieved his physique without resorting to any fancy diet, supplement or pill.
Antonio also believes in keeping in shape all year round. So there is no such thing as an "off-season" to him and neither is there a need for him to "get in shape again". The mental attitude adopted by him is truly inspiring. Antonio helps you to rid yourself of all excuses to get yourself in shape.
All I have said so far is already worth half the price of the book. The photos in this book are worth the other half. There are lots of photographs of Antonio Sabato Junior's great physique and him in action working out.
If you like to get in shape but don't know how, I recommend that you get this book.


48 Laws of Power
48 Laws of Power
von Joost Elffers
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A Naughty Book on getting ahead in life, 15. Juli 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: 48 Laws of Power (Gebundene Ausgabe)
This is a naughty book. It teaches the would-be proponent of the power game, to be mean and nasty, and how to get ahead in life. To this end, the book sets out The 48 Laws of Power.
The 48 Laws of Power is highly common-sensical, realistic and practical. Notwithstanding the meanness of the 48 Laws, I found this book to be a valuable guide to getting on in life. Politics and human relations are inevitable matters which we have to deal with in life. The sooner one learns and masters the 48 Laws, the better.
Personally, I would not advocate actively practising the 48 Laws. But knowing what these 48 Laws are, is imperative. They more one is aware of these Laws, the better one is able to identify life's dangers and avoid or defend oneself from potential troubles.
I like how each chapter focuses on a specific Law of Power. The chapters follow a common systematic and organised template which makes reading easy. The chapters are packed with loads of lessons and historic examples, illustrating how each Law works. Beside learning the Laws of Power, I also learnt a great deal of history from this book. And if you are a student of Sun-Tzu, Machiavelli or Clausewitz, you will love this book.
When I first read this book back in November 1998, I had the opportunity to reflect on and observe the workings of The 48 Laws of Power. Dr Mahathir, Prime Minister of Malaysia had just then sacked his Deputy the charismatic Anwar Ibrahim. Interestingly, a copy of Asiaweek in or about that time showed a picture of Dr Mahathir, in his office, shaking hands with his new Deputy, Badawi - in the foreground of the picture, on Dr Mahathir's desk, a copy of The 48 Laws of Power could be found.


The Sovereign Individual: How to Survive and Thrive During the Collapse of the Welfare State
The Sovereign Individual: How to Survive and Thrive During the Collapse of the Welfare State
von James Dale Davidson
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Future Trends and being Financially Independent, 12. Juli 2000
Robert Kiyosaki, author of Rich Dad Poor Dad recommends The Sovereign Individual as one of the must-read books for those who want to be Financially Independent. I like this book for its contribution to future-trend-watching. It ranks as one of the essential readings for those who want to be Financially Independent.
James Dale Davidson and Lord William Rees-Mogg are experts at predicting future trends and tailoring financial strategies and self-reliant measures to protect oneself against the future. The Sovereign Individual is about self-accountability and taking action. The Sovereign Individual is not beholden to his government and looks out for himself/herself and his/her loved ones. The Sovereign Individual takes steps to ensure his/her physical safety, job/business and finances.
This book challenges the concept of nationhood and all the propaganda fed to us. The concept of nationhood as we have come to known is a relatively young one and not necessarily a good one. Governments, spouting patriotism, can make use of its people for its own ends e.g. burdensome taxes, raising armies for wars, treating its citizens like low-classed employees - all for the benefit of a select elite few.
A warning for the interested would-be reader. The Sovereign Individual is written in the typical Davidson/Rees-Mogg famed-style - alarmist, paranoid and hyberbolic. I urge the reader to see pass this style because there is much to be gained from reading this book.
For the interested reader, I would also recommend The Roaring 2000s by Harry Dent.


Rich Dad's Cashflow Quadrant: Rich Dad's Guide to Financial Freedom
Rich Dad's Cashflow Quadrant: Rich Dad's Guide to Financial Freedom
von Robert T. Kiyosaki
  Taschenbuch

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5.0 von 5 Sternen A paradigm-changing book, 27. Juni 2000
Having read Rich Dad Poor Dad way back in December 1997, I couldn't wait to get my hands on Cashflow Quadrant. This book does not disappoint. If you found Rich Dad Poor Dad powerful, you would do well not to miss Cashflow Quadrant. I have seen Kiyosaki speak on 2 occasions. This guy really knows his stuff.
This book identifies the 4 quadrants from which we derive our income - as Employees (E), as Self-employed (S), as Business-owner (B) and as an Investor (I). At any point in time, we can either be of one of the quadrants or a combination of them. For the majority of us, we derive our income from only one quadrant - usually the E or S quadrant. This is dangerous in this internet age where jobs are being destroyed faster and faster resulting in the employee having to change jobs at least 7-8 times in his/her career. Generating one's income from one source and from the E or S quadrant IS dangerous. There is very little leverage - the moment an E or S stops working, the income dries up. This is Kiyosaki's message.
Kiyosaki then goes on the plant the idea that one should consider deriving multiple sources of income and especially income from the B and I quadrants. These quadrants are more advantageous as more leverage exists. The B and I people are able to derive their income even while they sleep because their investments and businesses are making money without them having to be at work. This is a passive income - a very simple but powerful idea.
To the reader who is interested in building businesses and making passive income, I would also recommend The E-Myth Revisited by Michael Gerber.


Rich Dad Poor Dad: What the Rich Teach Their Kids About Money-That the Poor and the Middle Class Do Not!
Rich Dad Poor Dad: What the Rich Teach Their Kids About Money-That the Poor and the Middle Class Do Not!
von Robert T. Kiyosaki
  Taschenbuch

5.0 von 5 Sternen To achieve Financial Independence, get this book!, 27. Juni 2000
The last book to make such a great impact on me was Stephen Covey's 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. As at the time of writing this review, Kiyosaki's book has received 290 reviews here. This must surely be testimony of the impact of Rich Dad Poor Dad. If you have not read this book, for your own sake and that of your children's, go get the book the now!
Kiyosaki's concepts are simple, yet profound. It makes you wonder if it was so commmonsensical, why didn't you think of it earlier. But I like books like Kiyosaki's. These books have a way of crystallising simple truths and principles which the reader would otherwise have missed.
Kiyosaki's concepts on wealth, what constitutes an asset and liability, how one's balance sheet interacts with the income statement, are all so powerful. If you are serious in achieving financial independence, get this book and read. And re-read it again and again!


Inc. Yourself: How to Profit by Setting Up Your Own Corporation
Inc. Yourself: How to Profit by Setting Up Your Own Corporation
von Judith H. McQuown
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4.0 von 5 Sternen A good first book on corporations, 27. Juni 2000
This is an excellent primer for the enthusiast who wants to know more about the benefits of incorporating a corporation. I found this book to be simple and easy to read. Any budding entrepreneur will benefit from this book.
This book takes the reader through the various steps of incorporation and the different types of corporations in America - C-Corporations, S-Corporations and Limited Liability Companies.
This book is also on the list of Robert Kiyosaki's recommended texts (see Rich Dad Poor Dad). Any person who is serious in creating wealth must know what corporations can do for him/her. The understanding that a corporation is a separate entity from its shareholder is the key. This concept of of separate entity contributes greatly to enhanced tax planning and asset protection.


Going Public: Everything You Need to Know to Take Your Company Public, Including Internet Direct Public Offerings
Going Public: Everything You Need to Know to Take Your Company Public, Including Internet Direct Public Offerings
von James B. Arkebauer
  Taschenbuch

4.0 von 5 Sternen IPO - The Greatest Legal Creation of Wealth ..., 27. Juni 2000
I first decided to check out this book after having read Kiyosaki's Rich Dad's Guide to Investing. In his book, Kiyosaki touched on being the Ultimate Investor i.e. the selling investor, the kind of investor who puts together businesses that the public crave for and would pay a premium for. The IPO is the Holy Grail for those want to make it big. In the words of a venture capitalist, the IPO vehicle is "The Greatest Legal Creation of Wealth in the History of the Planet".
Arkebauer's "Going Public" is an excellent primer for those just starting out in understanding IPOs. Using plain language and cutting out the gobbledygook, Arkebauer takes the reader through the different stages of an IPO - from assessing if an IPO is the way to go, to assembling the IPO team, the pre-IPO steps, the IPO process itself, and the post-IPO steps. In this edition, Arkebauer also introduces the latest method of raising capital via Internet Direct Public Offerings.
I found this book to be thorough and detailed enough to satisfy even those who are CEOs and who may need a quick crash course in IPOs. One very important lesson I learnt from this book is the need for any entrepreneur aspiring for IPO, to get prepared and started from day one. Going public is an extremely complicated and tedious process. The IPO process can be made easier if the aspiring entrepreneur plans early.
For those interested in reading further on IPOs, I recommend 2 other books - "The Complete Going Public Handbook: Everything You Need to Know to Turn a Private Enterprise into a Publicly Traded Company" by Frederick Lipman, and "The Ernst & Young Guide to the IPO Value Journey" by Stephen Blowers et al.


Rich Dad's Guide to Investing: What the Rich Invest in, That the Poor and Middle Class Do Not!: What the Rich Invest in That the Poor Do Not!
Rich Dad's Guide to Investing: What the Rich Invest in, That the Poor and Middle Class Do Not!: What the Rich Invest in That the Poor Do Not!
von Robert T. Kiyosaki
  Taschenbuch

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5.0 von 5 Sternen A must for those who want to be Financially Independent, 24. Juni 2000
This book continues from where Kiyosaki left off in Cashflow Quadrant, his 2nd book in the trilogy (now complete with Rich Dad's Guide to Investing).
In his 1st book Rich Dad Poor Dad, Kiyosaki addressed the differences in mindsets between the Rich and the Poor. Then, in his 2nd book Cashflow Quadrant, he spoke on the 4 quadrants from which one can generate income. To be wealthy, Kiyosaki recommended that we learn to generate our incomes from the "B" (Business-owner) and "I" (Investor) quadrant as opposed to the "E" (Employee) and "S" (Self-employed) quadrant.
In his 3rd book Rich Dad's Guide to Investing, Kiyosaki tells how he got started in his investment journey, starting with nothing, and in fact at one stage, with a negative net worth. Most of us, having read his first 2 books, would have wondered if we could have embarked on our journey to become financially independent without much resource at hand. In this book, Kiyosaki shows how anyone can get started and how it does not take money to make money. He teaches how time is more important than money; how investing in one's self and getting an education and experience precedes excessive cash; how having a plan is more important than being in a hurry to make money.
This is not a book for those who want hot tips and quick fixes. This is a book on mindsets. Kiyosaki plants ideas and provides a road-map. The reader must take the first step and learn to navigate his/her own journey.
What I like about this book, is Kiyosaki's concept of being an Ultimate Investor, a "selling-investor". The Ultimate Investor creates deals and businesses that the public hunger for and are willing to pay a premium to acquire a share of. With the internet, it has never been easier to create businesses and deals which one can take public.
As in all his other books, Kiyosaki's book is worth reading again and again. I would also recommend that one reads Robert Allen's Multiple Streams of Income in conjunction with Kiyosaki's Rich Dad's Guide to Investing.


Multiple Streams of Income: How to Generate a Lifetime of Unlimited Wealth
Multiple Streams of Income: How to Generate a Lifetime of Unlimited Wealth
von Robert G. Allen
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Preis: EUR 23,07

5.0 von 5 Sternen For those serious in creating Multiple Sources of Income, 24. Juni 2000
In this day and age, and I foresee in the coming 10 years, the internet will revolutionise the way we generate our income. In a large way, the internet revolution will see the End of Work (as we know it). Like it or not and whether we realise it or not, more and more of us will have to operate as entrepreneurs as more employers outsource their work on an ad-hoc basis. From being employers, more of us will have to operate as contractors, seeking work and selling our services on a project basis. Needless to say, generating one's income from a single source will be increasingly precarious. The future will not augur well for the employee.
This is where Multiple Streams of Income fills an important need for those who want to take action now and secure their future. This book, beside teaching Robert Allen's 10 sources of income, is paradigm-shifting. The first 4 chapters alone are worth the price of the book. The reader will be taught the vital mindsets one needs to have towards money and wealth before embarking on the various streams of income.
A useful companion to have while reading this book, is Robert Kiyosaki's trilogy - Rich Dad Poor Dad, Cashflow Quadrant and Rich Dad's Guide to Investing.


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