Book Giveaway #2: No Hype! The Straight Goods on Investing Your Money by Gail Bebee

First I wanted to say a great big THANK YOU to all the comments on yesterday’s contest so far, you guys have come up with some really, really good questions. Today’s book giveaway will be for “No Hype! The Straight Goods on Investing Your Money” by Gail Bebee.

Gail describes herself as a savvy financial industry outsider. Her knowledge about investing is self-taught after having once used an advisor. Overall I think this book deserves high praise simply because it covers off a lot of material without becoming intimidating – the book is quite slim, yet delivers quite a punch.

My only caveat is that this book is a great starter’s manual – but more reading is required of other books which may be more in-depth for certain subject matters. For example, with respect to individual stock picking: those who may be tempted to make their first dabble into stocks after reading this book will want more information before getting started. I might suggest Peter Lynch’s books (One Up On Wall Street and Beating The Street) as good companion pieces if you want to start looking at buying individual stocks.

However, the book is very well written and I would suggest it as a good read for beginners. It covers a lot of ground and you may purchase a copy of the book through Chapters by clicking here. Again, though, you may want to wait until after the weekend to see if you’ve won a free copy first!

The Contest

If you already entered yesterday’s contest, I have good news for you: you are automatically entered into all four book giveaways this week. Same goes for comments on this post and the rest of the week’s post if you haven’t already entered. Essentially, any comment on any of the four book giveaway posts this week enters you for a chance to win any book. There will be four winners announced on the weekend. For those who haven’t already entered, here are the rules and regulations:

  • One copy of the book No Hype! The Straight Goods On Investing Your Money by Gail Bebee will be given away in this contest
  • To enter for a chance to win this book (or any of the other books featured this week) all you have to do is leave a comment at the bottom of this or any other post this week with a suggestion of a post topic for me to write about in the near future
  • Comments must be made by Friday, January 30th, 2009 at 11:59pm
  • You must include a valid email address in the comment form (but don’t worry, your email isn’t shared with anyone)
  • Good luck!
Preet Banerjee
Preet Banerjee an independent consultant to the financial services industry and a personal finance commentator. You can learn more about Preet at his personal website and you can click here to follow him on Twitter.
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  • Trevor Schofield

    It’d be great to have an article discussing when it is more beneficial to invest through the new TFSA over RRSPs or vice versa.

  • Greg

    How about an article discussing renting vs. taking out a mortgage to buy a house/condo?

  • csplice

    What percentage of you income should be dedicated to savings/debt reduction? (I use the banks TDSR as a guide)

  • Nicole

    I’m interested in what is happening to RESPs in light of what has happened to the markets. Our sonis graduating fromhigh school next year so we’ll need to start using that money then.

  • Gail Bebee

    Preet, Thanks so much for doing this contest for my book. For those who want to find out more about what’s inside No Hype-The Straight Goods on Investing Your Money, I have posted the list of chapter headings at the book’s web site,
    At the site, I have recently started a Resources section on investing. Coincidentally, one of the books on my list is Peter Lynch’s One Up On Wall Street!

  • Jatinder

    Read your RRSP book, a good and informative read. Would love to read this book too. Thanks!

  • Brian

    Another book give away! nice.

    Okay here is a topic:
    Since the federal government is releasing their new budget today. You can ask your readers, where they think federal tax dollars should be spent.

  • Xenko

    Since I’m planning on buying a house this summer, some posts on mortgages and stuff would be interesting, what factors should I consider when buying a house, and neat financial tricks that can help with taxes and what not.

  • Millionaireby45

    A post on intro to bonds. What are gov bonds & corporate bonds, how to buy them, expiry, how they are priced (e.g. Canada 5 yr bond priced at 106.40 with 1.95%), how are they taxed, how safe are they?

  • Traciatim

    Count me in!

  • Jesus

    Hi, I would like a post regarding strategies for RESP base on actual volatility and rising cost of education. What would be your recommendations to preserve capital and still have a decent return.

  • Sean

    Hey Preet, I’d love to read about some options strategies, and the pros and cons of these.

  • Finance Matters

    Put me in the draw!

  • KA

    I’d like to see you talk about student loan repayment strategy. Freakin OSAP…

  • Dillon

    I love all these book giveaways.

  • bill

    Keep up the good work


  • Kirk

    How about posting this video for your Lap of the Blogs posts:

    Five Kinds of Lucky

    I especially like #3.


  • Rob Murray


    Thanks for this – great idea.

    I would be interested in more guides for beginning investors – best strategies for discount brokerages, etc. I don’t have a lot of money but would like to put a small amount into a dsicount brokerage and try out some ideas…

  • zeronimo

    count me in. to anybody interested in technical trading please check out for daily technical scans of candlesticks, point and figure, and moving average indicators.

    thank you and visit often!

  • Frank Palermo

    I like reading investing books, even introductory books as they either affirm or make me re-think my strategies.


  • DavidD

    If you could write a post about dividend investing that would be great.


  • Tracy

    Another GREAT book that saved my financial ‘bacon’ from my predatory wealth advisor and investment manager.

    “Brokerage Fraud: What Wall Street Doesn’t Want You To Know”

    Tracy Pride Stoneman-Douglas J. Schulz, renowned securities expert witness ( about the brokerage industry.

    “Douglas J. Schultz and Tracy Pride Stoneman have co-authored what could well be the first truly in-depth examination of the many ways, and potential ways, that the investing public gets ripped off in Brokerage Fraud…This book is based on their many cases, thorough knowledge of securities law and industry procedures. They are the people you want on your side if you ever have a complaint about your financial adviser.”

  • Paul

    Investment strategies change over time. There is always something new to learn.

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