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A Random Walk Down Wall Street, 12th Edition

The Time Tested Strategy for Successful Investing
Written by: Burton G. Malkiel
Narrated by: George Guidall
Length: 11 hrs and 42 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (18 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The best investment guide money can buy, with more than 1.5 million copies sold, now fully revised and updated.

Today's stock market is not for the faint of heart. At a time of frightening volatility, what is the average investor to do? The answer: Turn to Burton G. Malkiel's advice in his reassuring, authoritative, gimmick-free, and perennially best-selling guide to investing. Long established as the first book to purchase before starting a portfolio or 401(k), A Random Walk Down Wall Street now features new material on "tax-loss harvesting", the crown jewel of tax management; the current bitcoin bubble; and automated investment advisers; as well as a brand-new chapter on factor investing and risk parity. 

And as always, Malkiel's core insights - on stocks and bonds, as well as real estate investment trusts, home ownership, and tangible assets like gold and collectibles - along with the book's classic life-cycle guide to investing, will help restore confidence and composure to anyone seeking a calm route through today's financial markets.

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Must read for new Investors

New Investors must read this. Covers a wide variety of topics including Technical Analysis vs Fundamental Analysis, Investing for Tax saving as well as Real Estate and Gold. But may not be useful for Advanced Investors and Traders.

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An Amazing journey down Investing

Burton G Malkiel starts from history of investing to investment strategies. This book should be considered as a Bible for investors. I really likes one pharse in the book " Investing is like love making, Ultimately it is an art requiring some talent and the presense of a serious force called LUCK". Thank you for this wonderful book.

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Must Read

This book clears all the concepts related to stock market in a fun and humourous way. It is a must read for anyone interested in investing (especially stock market).

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best personal finance book

best book for cavets of understanding personal finance. writer has done a great job of explaining what various types of assets and startegies can be adopted to be financially independent in long run

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  • P. Kastenholz
  • 27-06-19

Why no pdf of charts???

I'm disappointed that the charts are not available in pdf like many of the other finance books I have listened too.

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  • Cassidy
  • 15-03-19

a wonderful update to a classic

the author mentions so many interesting ideas and even though the book is a bit repetitive, the style and jokes make it very readable.

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  • Will
  • 22-05-19

Essential for beginning investors

This book is essential for anyone interested in starting to invest. Would make an excellent gift for any new college grad.

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  • skatensteel
  • 15-10-19

Horrible book for Audiobook.

For a person that is trying to learn about the market, this book is extremely difficult to understand by only hearing at it. You need to accompany it with the written version. It has sections when it literally gives you actual math to think about. Extremely misleading, you learn very little like that. Mostly if investing in the market is something you have not done on your own beyond a simple 401K. Extremely disappointed.

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  • Afueramor
  • 07-04-19

Boring to listen to

I really did not care for this guy and his voice, he had a smugness to him in a weird style of speaking that I just found a really annoying. I think this actual book has lots of tables and data which again makes listening to not enjoyable.

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  • A.S. Hall
  • 23-07-20

History Repeats Itself

A story about the beginning of the stock market through modern times. Who knew defective tulips & the slave trade had initial bearings on Trading.

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  • Jason Houle
  • 02-06-20

Classic and must-listen

Malkiel, a front-runner of index investing, distils the best and latest understanding of investing practice. Fantastic rendition by Guidall. Possibly not for the complete beginner but the best place to come after getting mixed up trying to follow stock tips or get-rich-quick advice.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 30-05-20

an excellent way to kick start your investments

A must-read book for anyone looking to enter the market or to start saving for retirement. No prior experience necessary. A great mix of general theory and very specific investment advice and strategy. I'm buying a paper copy, too, to use as a reference.

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  • Wazir Browne
  • 15-01-20

Honest Perspective of Investing

I love this book. I have read multiple editions of this book, which I usually don't do for most books. It is quite an honest perspective of Wall Street investing, and is a must read for people interested in Finance.

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  • M ABOU-BEIH
  • 31-08-19

A joy to read

Very incormative book and a great joy to listen to. The author did a great job substantiating his point of view with historical encounters and facts from the stock market. I really enjoyed the book.

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  • A. Burhan
  • 07-08-19

Thee case for Index tracking

This books content and narration was straightforward to understand and paves the way to get you started on your investment journey. Follow the market, don't try to beat it. I also enjoyed the history of past bubbles and bursts. those who don't learn from the past are destined to repeat it.

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  • Hasnat Safder
  • 09-08-20

Had some compelling arguments on investing

This books main theme is supporting index investing and not to try too much in stock picking. Alot of it makes sense specially how the author presented his recommendations with historical data.
Good narration by George Guidall.

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  • Nicklas Kling
  • 28-07-20

Essential for investing.

Get the fundamental information about investing and what to invest in. Get information about funds and stocks. What to choose and what to think. And why so. Really good book that I truly recommend everyone that is having or want to have money in the stock market in some way! Thanks a lot for making this book :)

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-02-20

an eye-opener

I thought I was going to get a book regarding tips and tricks of manipulating the stock market. Instead I'm pleasantly surprised to learn how to make returns just as good as playing the markets but without the heartache headache.

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  • Some Guy
  • 20-07-19

Great introduction for the newbie

A very in depth, but still accessible guide for those new to investing. Makes his point strongly, but always backs this up with research and offers advice on how to reduce risk, if you don't want to follow the main advice on offer.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-05-19

Great listen

I’ve been a financial advisor for well over a decade and worked with both active and passive managers. This is a fantastic and realistic outlook on investing that everyone should listen too. Parts of the book are only relevant to the USA, but the core message applies to everyone.

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  • Chris Hall
  • 18-07-19

Good beginner book

Those new to shares and investing will likely very a lot out of this book. Those who have read widely on these topics may not find new information here.

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  • Tamaine
  • 01-05-19

Great book

Everything you ever needed to know about stocks, the stock market indexing and even more

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  • Anonymous User
  • 22-04-19

Well written, and very informative

The author substantiates his arguments by drawing from examples throughout the history.
The 'average' results from index funds sound rather appealing, given that they beat the returns of actively ma managed funds.