5 Simple Rules for Investing in the Stock Market UPDATED

Just a quick post to let you know that I’ve just updated 5 Simple Rules for Investing in the Stock Market.  The new version is now available on Kindle (Nook, and iBooks versions should show the updated copies soon).

The main changes are:

  • new chapter on investing for the dividend income
  • rewrote introduction chapter
  • fixed up some typos and formatting
If you already have the book, and want the new chapter, I’ve included it here as a PDF download.
Take care,

Investing In The Stock Market Is Hard. Or Is It?

Sipping cocktails while my stocks rise in price. Now that would be the life. Except I don't own a pool. And the kids tipped the last of the Cosmo mix down the toilet. Damn it.

I wasn’t always interested in stocks.  In fact before I started investing in the stock market (nearly ten years ago now – good grief has it really been that long?) like many people I was looking around for different ways to make some money. It was around that time that fixing up old properties was the latest cool thing to do thanks to the multitude of home reno and do it yourself style shows.

I’d watch in awe as contestants would throw a lick of paint and some new cabinetry knobs on a rundown shack and reap the rewards. It didn’t matter that I didn’t have any design skills whatsoever, even though Tivo’ing Martha Stewart had me wishing otherwise. So I knew that investing in property wasn’t going to be my thing. So what else was there?

Sure I had considered stocks before (who hasn’t when they hear stories of Joe Random making a killing with Microsoft) – so I liked the idea of them: buy something, watch it rise in price and then take your profit while you sat by the pool sipping cosmopolitans, but I always thought that it would be too hard to actually be a successful stock market investor. Weren’t all stock investors men in suits who drove shiny cars?

But I decided to give it a go. I had saved up a cool $1,000 and thought “What the heck – I’ll give this a try – how hard can it really be?  It’s not like I really NEED electricity.”

In the beginning when I was stupid and had no idea what I was doing, it was hard, but not so much that I couldn’t see the potential.  And I didn’t lose all my money like my ex boyfriend predicted I would.  (Ha suck on that loser!). But then I started to get really good at it. And good golly if I didn’t start to make some great investment decisions and make some money.

Thank god for that, because there is no way I wanted to go back to a job (shudder) after kids came along, so I was hooked.

Anyway I started to come up with a strategy, or set of rules, about what worked and didn’t work. Just for myself really, so I could write down everything so I didn’t forget.  Because sometimes I do forget things and … um, what was I saying?

Oh yeah.  I made things easy for myself by coming up with a set of rules to follow. 

It might be a simple stock market investing strategy – but it’s also extremely effective and powerful! 

So that’s what my new book is about – those rules I created for myself.  And I decided to write it down to share it with everyone. Because I’m nice like that.

It really is an easy plan to follow, even if you’ve never invested in the market before. In fact it’s just five little simple rules to follow.

I really hope you love my new book: 5 Simple Rules for Investing in the Stock Market. I wrote it for you. But if not that’s cool too. No biggie. Sniff, No I’m not crying really I’m not.  Sniff. 

Now if you’ll excuse me I have some Martha Stewart shows to catch up on …

You can get the Kindle version here.  Nook, iBookstore, Kobo and Sony editions coming soon.

Tracey xx