The following are a few of the many book offerings on the market. The authors of these books are aware of the problems faced by the small investor and provide some good advice as well as interesting information regarding the investment industry.
John Reynold's book "The Naked Investor" followed his book "Free Rider", the story of Michael Holoday and how industry takes advantage of investors. The second book about the investment recounts the experiences of small investors and some of the issues and risks investors face.
A book well worth reading is Gail Bebee's "The Straight goods on Investing Your Money", published in 2008. Gail is a self taught investor. When she realized she would be depending on her investments for retirement security and they were not performing very well she decided to learn about investing. Written in plain language by an investor for investors.
Everything You Need to Know About Investing: So You Don't Get Fleeced
by Anthony Davidson
Paperback | 128 Pages | ISBN 1552630986
A graduate of the University of Western Ontario, a chartered accountant and veteran on the trading floor, Anthony Davidson knows what to expect from investing ventures. On far too many occasions, Davidson has witnessed ill-laid plans burn investors. He intends to lower those numbers by showing investors how to steer clear of pitfalls and dirty tricks. Learn how to protect yourself and your assets with Everything You Need to Know about Investing.
Free Rider: How a Bay Street Whiz kid stole and spent $20 million
by John Lawrence Reynolds
Hardcover | 456 Pages | ISBN: 1552782352
Tracing the story of Michael Holoday and all of its consequences required more than five years work and the assistance of dozens of people. John Reynolds researched the facts and interviewed many of the characters including Michael Holoday. Holoday's life and behaviour is revealed along with how some large brokerage firms operate. Michael Holoday was a registered representative with Midland Walwyn and First Marathon. Holoday was sentenced to jail for fraud. Available from Chapters and better book stores
Insider's Guide To Selecting The Best Money Manager
by S. Kelly Rodgers
The Insider’s Guide to Selecting the Best Money Manager is a great guide for Canadian individuals and companies looking for someone to handle capital amounts, ranging from $200,000 to $20 million. Covering topics such as what type of account you should have, identifying investment styles, revealing costs, the kinds of service you should expect and evaluating investment performance, this easy-to-read guide saves you time and money
Investor Beware! Protect Your Investments From Broker Misconduct
by Robert Goldin
Cover Price: $18.95
Are your investments safe? Can you trust your broker? Every year brokers who systematically plunder and destroy RRSPs and other investments condemn thousands of Canadians to live in poverty. After his own broker nearly ruined him financially, retired lawyer Robert Goldin became a full-time investment dispute consultant and mediator. Investor Beware provides the information you should know about your rights as an investor and the duties and obligations of brokers. The book covers such topics as how to protect your investments from broker misconduct, negligence and fraud, tracking the performance of your investments, recognizing warning signs about mismanaged investments and how to recoup losses through arbitration.
SIPA note: This book can be ordered directly from Chapters.
No Hype – The Straight Goods on Investing Your Money
By Gail Bebee
Cover Price: $23.95
200 Pages | ISBN 978-0-9784455-0-8
Get the knowledge you need to cut through investment industry hype and profitably invest your hard-earned money. This easy-to-read book of investing basics is written expressly for Canadians by a savvy financial industry outsider. Benefit from the author’s school of hard knocks experience in the investment trenches and unbiased opinions on the best investment choices for the typical Canadian. Find out how to choose the right financial advisor, build a successful investment portfolio, keep investing costs down and much more. The book includes a detailed table of contents and complete index. It’s the guide to investing that belongs on the bookshelf of every Canadian investor. And it's recommended by Toronto Star personal finance columnist Ellen Roseman. Find out where to buy at www.nohypeinvesting.com.
The Naked Investor
by John Lawrence Reynolds
Paperback | 210 x 140mm | 256 pages | ISBN 0143016237
Over 6 million Canadians control more than $500 billion in RRSP and RRIF investments...or do they?
Do RRSP owners support an industry that feeds on the fear and ignorance of Canadians ill-prepared to manage their retirement assets? While claiming professional status, financial advisors are salespeople often more closely aligned with mutual fund marketers and bond dealers than with their own clients. What’s more, the industry insists on a policy of self-regulation, unhindered by direct government supervision and unresponsive to demands for transparency and accountability.
The Naked Investor sounds a wake-up call for Canadians hoping to retire in comfort and security. Through real-life stories, many of them heart-rending in their tragedy and unfairness, it exposes the dark side of the investment industry in dramatic fashion, revealing the ploys and tactics of greedy brokers and advisors, voracious banks and mutual fund operators, false prophets posing as celebrity gurus, and outright embezzlers who steal the dreams of trusting clients.
Written with passion and sly humour, The Naked Investor will disturb both an industry that appears more focused on building wealth for itself than for its clients and RRSP investors whose trust too often is misplaced with devastating consequences.
Wealthy Boomer: Life After Mutual Funds
by Jonathan Chevreau, Michael Ellis, Kelly Rodgers
Cover Price: $18.95
Discover the next big financial move for baby boomers with The Wealthy Boomer: Life After Mutual Funds. Helping the investor weather changes and get high returns, the book helps readers take a critical look at mutual fund marketing techniques. Alternatives are presented in a light-hearted fashion with cartoons, graphics and accessible text. Become the successful investor you aim to be with The Wealthy Boomer.
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