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First Time Investor

First Time Investor

2nd Edition

Debbie Harrison

Sep 2001, Paperback, 320 pages
ISBN13: 9780273654261
ISBN10: 0273654268
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Your future prosperity – and that of your children - lies in your ability to understand and make the most of the investment markets. Share ownership is for everyone. Whether you invest in the stockmarkets through collective funds such as unit trusts and insurance funds or directly in equities and bonds, the basic decisions you need to make are the same.

With the demise of the Welfare State, seasoned investors and novices alike must address key areas such as pensions, mortgages and further education for our children. There is no magic one-size-fits-all solution but despite what the cynics say, a little knowledge goes a very long way towards avoiding expensive mistakes.

Whatever your starting point, The First Time Investor will provide you with the vital information you need to manage your existing investments more efficiently, learn more about the markets and companies in which you invest, and feel more confident and informed when you make investment decisions.

Written by Debbie Harrison, an award-winning author and journalist, this new edition of The First Time Investor will provide answers to the most important questions for new investors, such as:

  • How do the stock markets work?
  • What are the important characteristics of equities and bonds?
  • How do I find the right investment adviser?
  • Which are the best Internet services?
  • Which are the right investments and savings for me?
  • How do I choose the best collective funds?
  • How do I select individual shares, gilts and bonds?
  • Which benchmarks should I use to monitor my portfolio?
  • What do I do if things go wrong?

Written in Debbie’s renowned accessible style, The First Time Investor provides shrewd investment advice to enable you to make your investments more profitable.

The First Time Investor

Empowering you to make the most of your money

Debbie Harrison is an award-winning financial author and journalist. She writes regularly for the Financial Times, Sunday Business, Bloomberg Money and Investment Week. Her technical work includes five major Financial Times reports on retail and institutional investment. Her consumer books include Finance at Your Fingertips, Pension Power and The Money Zone, published by Pearson Education and How to Make it in The City, published by Virgin Publishing.

Expert Reviews

Praise for Debbie Harrison’s books

"Debbie Harrison is one of the most knowledgeable writers on investment in the market today and she communicates with great clarity. Her skills are combined in The First Time Investor to provide invaluable assistance to anyone who wants, or needs, to know more about investment."

The Observer

"Debbie Harrison is the best personal finance writer in this country today… Even by Debbie’s exceptionally high standards, The Money Zone is an excellent book which tackles subjects many have tackled over the years, but failed to do so in a convincing manner."

Investor’s Week

"Debbie Harrison combines an insider’s knowledge of investment with an outsider’s ability to judge and explain. The First Time Investor is a book for all those daunted by mindless jargon and who are afraid of the unknown."

Financial Times

"Pension Power may well prove to be the most well-rounded and reader-friendly pensions handbook to date."

Pensions World

"The First Time Investor carries all of the Debbie Harrison hallmarks. Precise and clear for the novice, whilst still containing enough for the investor who has a lot more knowledge. Debbie’s books are always worth keeping close by for reference."


"The Money Zone is a money book for the Freedom Years that’s both funky and factual. Packed with career and finance tips but cool enough that you won’t have to hide it on the bookshelf."

Money Unlimited

"Buying The First Time Investor is itself a great investment and I would thoroughly recommend it to anyone. It should be read from cover to cover before making any decisions about your personal finances. This is the sort of book which empowers the private investor to make the sort of decisions which are going to prove profitable for them in the long term."

Bloomberg Money

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