One Up on Wall Street

Peter Lynch , John Rothchild

One Up on Wall Street



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In One Up on Wall Street , a bestseller with over a million copies sold, legendary mutual fund manager, Peter Lynch, explains the advantages that private investors have over the professionals. The real game changer comes with investing in what you know: since investment opportunities are everywhere, private investors can identify companies to invest in before professional analysts find out about them, and turn an average equity portfolio into a highly successful one. Lynch also offers advice for identifying which stocks to invest in, and which ones to stay away from, as well as how to thoroughly analyse a company and its growth prospects before investing in its shares.

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Analysis and key concepts


Individual investors have an edge over Wall Street traders, but they need to ask themselves three questions before they invest


Only invest in the things you know well, and look for companies that are unattractive or undervalued by analysts. Avoid hot stocks in the hottest sectors


Study the history and growth potential of a company thoroughly, before purchasing shares


The six categories of company growth: slow growers, stalwarts, fast growers, cyclicals, turnarounds, and asset plays




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Many useful tips to:

  • Apply a practical and affordable approach to investing.
  • Learn what advantages private investors have over Wall Street traders.
  • Understand what it takes to become an investor.
  • Know which types of shares to focus on, and which ones to steer clear of.
  • Research companies and their growth prospects before investing.

Peter Lynch is an American investor and a legendary fund manager. From 1977 to 1990, he was the manager, and then vice president, of Fidelity Magellan, one of the most successful mutual funds of all time, which produced an annual return of 29.2% for 20 consecutive years. Lynch later became a particularly active philanthropist in the area of Boston. In addition to One Up on Wall Street, he has also written Beating the Street and Learn to Earn , with John Rothchild.

John Rothchild has been the editor of the Washington Monthly, a columnist for Time and Fortune, as well as a freelance writer specialising in financial issues. He is the author or co-author of over a dozen books on finance and investments.

Publishing house:

Simon & Schuster