"extremely interesting and informative, clear and humorous presentation"
Sheila Peters gives a beginners' guide to investing
interspersed with humorous accounts of her growing up and
how she got involved in investing. She talks about the
glass ceiling that many women encounter when they start to
enter the "man's world" of work and investments. She
illustrates this by describing the double standard she had
growing up where the boys earned money mowing lawns and she
was allowed to earn money selling lemonade and acting lady
like. Ms. Peters continues explaining how money equates to
power. Women need to become better educated by reading
books, talking to friends, attending workshops, seminars
and lectures. Women are hampered by a lack of knowledge
about stocks and bonds and that is why we don't invest as
much as men.
Now I know why one should read the Prospectus about a
company (no matter how boring)! I learned about the
different kinds of funds and how diversification is a good
thing. I admit I will have to reread some parts that I
didn't quite understand. Joining an investment club sounds
interesting and a good way to get a start in the investing
arena. There were some graphs in the book illustrating
how you are supposed to chart different types of growth but
the graphs were hard to read. I don't know if that was the
PDF format and it would be clearer in paperback format.
This book was extremely interesting and very informative.
Sheila has definitely encouraged me to take a greater
interest in my portfolio (Does that sound pretentious?) and
to ask more questions. I would definitely recommend this
book to anyone that is interested in getting started in
Sophie Murphy © Copyright 2003
Reviewed by Sophie Murphy
Posted January 14, 2003