Lessons from the Lemonade Stand: A Common Sense Primer on Investing

By James Berman

Classes from the Lemonade Stand explains making an investment, shares and bonds, threat, diversification, commodities, and different occasionally mystifying themes within the context of that the majority vintage of all American companies: the nook lemonade stand.
Rooted within the basic fact that good judgment is the simplest funding instrument, this publication slices very important ideas into uncomplicated sections, sweetening them with folksy, easy-to-read language. the pains and tribulations of lemonade stand proprietor Lucinda spotlight each idea from rates of interest to retirement debts to leverage. Readers examine funding fundamentals as they stick to Lucinda Lemonade Inc. alongside its candy (and occasionally bitter) trip as a start-up, from the squeeze of the 1st lemon to its preliminary inner most fairness deal and its eventual foray into tech, all within the tidy city of Lemonville.
Lessons from the Lemonade Stand simplifies funding ideas with out watering them down. A inventory, for instance, isn't outlined in monetary gibberish yet for what it really is: a slice of the company that entitles the stockholder to a bit drop of each greenback Lucinda Lemonade Inc. earns.
The e-book introduces ten basic Lemonade Laws:
1) each subject within the funding international will be damaged all the way down to the fundamental inspiration of offer and demand.
2) If anyone claims an funding is safe, run the opposite way.
3) higher returns suggest higher risks.
4) Hedging can assist, yet there’s consistently a price to it.
5) As Warren Buffett says, "If you are shrewdpermanent, you do not need leverage; in case you are dumb, it will wreck you."
6) you'll no longer be ready to expect your shares, yet you could continuously anticipate your taxes.
7) by the point you put money into a international nation, it is not overseas to you.
8) possessing a house is (still) the easiest funding of all.
9) making an investment with no paintings is playing: deal with the marketplace like roulette, and you may land on zero.
10) Counterintuition, now not instinct, is the investor’s top friend.
Entertaining and enjoyable, classes from the Lemonade Stand provides readers with the constituents they should develop into savvy investors.

"By abstracting out the 'hard' stuff approximately making an investment and targeting the most straightforward of companies, Berman (a finance prof at NYU and an funding consultant) is ready to steadily introduce extra advanced thoughts with no overwhelming the reader with jargon. particularly, classes from the Lemonade Stand encompasses a lot of an introductory finance curriculum in e-book shape that reads, good, extra like a booklet of fiction than one on investing."

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