Investing 101 by Michele Cagan

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Investing 101: From Stocks and Bonds to ETFs and IPOs, an Essential Primer on Building a Profitable Portfolio is mainly a book of definitions. If you desperately need to know some of the key terminology about investing then this is a great book to start with. It’s not idiot proof because it does take some focus to carry over the definition of one thing into the very next definition, but it was definitely not the most difficult text to understand.

There was a time or two when the author wrote as though investing lingo is something everyone should just know without needing to read this book which kind of defeats the purpose of writing a 101 book, but it didn’t happen all that often. A decent introduction to the words but nearly nothing in regards to the actual steps necessary to invest well.

My personal favorite part was that it had a chapter on giving to good companies. It stated that many people who are investing ought to and do focus on only contributing to companies that create a better world by being sustainable and treating the Earth’s resources with respect.

Worth the read if you’re a financial illiterate like me.

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