1 out of 4 stars
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Stock Trading for Beginners by Gabriel R. is a nonfiction book aimed at people who want to begin buying stocks but don’t know where to start. The book includes information on the history of the stock market, different ways to invest, and the role of a stockbroker. The author also includes chapters titled “Mistakes that Beginners Make”, “Stock Market Tips and Tricks”, and “Winning Strategies”, which are designed to give the reader insider information from someone who is experienced in the industry.
I was excited to read this book because I know that you should begin investing as early in life as possible, and I’ve been contemplating buying stock. This book was advertised as a resource for those unfamiliar with the stock market, so I thought it would be good for me, since I have no experience buying or selling stocks. Unfortunately, the author doesn’t seem to understand what beginners do and don’t know. He uses a variety of terms and acronyms that go unexplained throughout the book. He often lists a series of things that one should know about a stock, such as the cost to revenue ratio, without explaining how to calculate these numbers or how to interpret them. I felt like I needed to have my browser open while I read this book so I could search all of the terms he mentioned.
In addition to the issues with the actual information included, the author’s writing style makes his ideas difficult to follow. The book includes grammatical issues on almost every page, including typographical errors, comma splices, run-on sentences, and other mistakes that would be easy to fix with help from a professional editor. Beyond the technical issues, the author includes long, wandering sentences that aren’t suitable for an informational book. The following quotation opens the section titled “Mistakes That Beginners Make”. “Mistakes are a part of development in your business know-how. All traders and investors, usually, make many common mistakes, which may result in a loss, but on the bright side, how can you possibly expect to learn without knowing where things can go wrong, and how to tackle such situations?” Sentences like these make it difficult for the reader to follow the author’s train of thought, which means the author isn’t accomplishing his goal of transmitting information to the reader.
Overall, I would rate this book 1 out of 4 stars. Between the writing style and the grammatical issues, I had a hard time understanding what the author was trying to say. Beyond these issues, the book was disorganized and jumped from assuming the reader had no understanding of the stock market to suggesting that the reader might want to become a stock broker. This book promises that it can clear up doubts about stock trading for the reader, but I left with more questions than answers, and I honestly can't think of a positive aspect of this book.
I would only recommend this book to people who already have some experience with stock trading, since they might understand the various terms used better than true beginners. If you are in financial classes and have already done research on your own, you might appreciate this broad overview of the industry.
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