Author: N E Renton AM
A simple guide for investors in shares and property
“There are few who bother to put ‘pen to paper’ who have had such a broad and insightful career in finance as Nick Renton. He continues to be interesting and to excite interest in others with his perspective on many of the current issues in finance that occupy our minds. This collection of ‘essays’ on investing in shares and property is no exception, and both professionals and those who simply want a better understanding of investing to look after their own portfolios will benefit from this easy-to-read and often insightful book.” - Professor Bob Officer
This book is intended for the many people who already know the basics of investing in shares and property, but who want to broaden their knowledge of this important subject. In forty-two chapters and seven appendices the book discusses many practical aspects not normally dealt with in other books on investment matters.
The topics covered include how to easily calculate the returns on a share portfolio using an Excel spreadsheet, how to get more out of reading a listed company's annual report, how to react to a takeover offer and how to find out more about a company by participating in its annual general meeting.
Other assorted subjects dealt with include income tax deductions for investors in property, family trusts, margin loans, capital gains tax, avoiding dud stocks and coping with bad tenants.
Some ethical issues are analysed in detail and a number of confusing investment jargon terms are explained. There are also two illustrative case studies of companies which failed, causing their investors to lose large amounts of money.
Everyone from novice “mum and dad” investors to experienced old hands, and from students to retired persons, will find many things of interest.
This book complements the author’s well-known and popular UNDERSTANDING THE STOCK EXCHANGE, UNDERSTANDING INVESTMENT PROPERTY and DICTIONARY OF STOCK EXCHANGE AND INVESTMENT TERMS.
The author, N E Renton, is a consulting actuary and a practising writer, well known for his highly professional guides on meetings procedure and voluntary associations and for his many books and articles on investment, business, retirement and taxation issues.