Jim Cramer’s Real Money: Sane Investing in an Insane World

ISBN: 0743224892
ISBN 13: 9780743224895
By: James J. Cramer

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How do we find hot stocks without getting burned? How do we fatten our portfolios and stay financially healthy? Former hedge-fund manager and longtime Wall Street commentator Jim Cramer explains how to invest wisely in chaotic times, and he does so in plain English in a style that is as much fun as investing is -- or should be, when it's done right.For starters, Cramer recommends devoting a portion of your assets to speculation. Everyone wants to find the big winners that can bring outsized gains, and Cramer explains how to allocate your portfolio so that you can afford to take this kind of risk wisely. He explains why "buy and hold" is a losing philosophy: For Cramer, it's "buy and homework." If you can't spend an hour a week researching each of your stocks, then you should hand off your portfolio to a mutual fund -- and Cramer identifies the very few mutual funds that he'd recommend.Cramer reveals his Ten Commandments of Trading (Commandment #5: Tips are for waiters). He explains why he's not afraid to compare investing to gambling (and tells you which book on gambling you should read to become a better investor). He discloses his Twenty-Five Rules of Investing (Rule #4: Look for broken stocks, not broken companies).Cramer shows how to compare stock prices in a way that you can understand, how to spot market tops and bottoms, how to know when to sell, how to rotate among cyclical stocks to catch the big moves, and much more. "Jim Cramer's Real Money" is filled with insider advice that really works, information that Cramer himself used to make millions during his fourteen-year career on Wall Street.Written in Cramer's distinctive turbocharged style, this is every investor's guide to what you really must know to make big money in the stock market.

Reader's Thoughts


This had more depth than I expected from what I've seen on TV. Jim Cramer delivers thoughtful ideas about trading in an entertaining format. If at times sensational, it's all derived from an authentic energy. Cramer challenges some fundamental concepts, such as the dichotomy between investing and trading, while soundly backing others, such as the importance of diversification and risk management. I've read enough in this genre to start rating books by whether they offer something new. This one certainly does.


Learned a bunch...but the last chapter seemed really important (options) but was a bit rushed and sort of added as an after-thought. I guess I can always read an options book down the road... Looking forward to reading a bit more (Jesse Livermore) and getting in the middle of it all!!


Cramer is sometimes embarrassing on his show but he is not without knowledge and ideas. The book is accessible and has good contents. I don't agree with his emphasis on timing the market by investing in cyclical businesses. I recommend as a first book on investing: The Warren Buffett Way.


I enjoyed reading about smart investing. However, I would only recommend this to a young, wealthy person with tons of time on their hands who would like to spend 30 hours a week to research companies so that they can GAMBLE in the stock market. I doubt this book would do much for anyone without 20 years of experience behind them in active investing. But I got smarter about stuff by reading it. It has some secrets in it!

Taylor George

Fav. Quote, "Nobody cares about your money like you do."


This is a great book. It isn't a beginners book like Rule #1 by Phil Town, it is more of an intermediate beginners book on investing. I would recommend it to all those interested in investing in the stock market. Although Cramer seems like a crazy nut when you first see or hear him, he is really a very smart guy. I found this book very interesting and will probably end up reading it a second time to make sure I caught everything. First though I plan to read his book Mad Money.


So far the best book on stock selection I have ever read - EVER. Unlike other stock investment books that suggest looking for value and buying and holding over the long term, this book shows you how to evaluate stocks, how to look for signals in the marketplace for market turns, and then gives great trading strategies about what to buy and sell at different points in the market. A SOLID read. I have become a great Cramer fan after reading this book. Excellent-Excellent Book.


Great book on the basics of trading. It has the psychology behind the trading and the market. He tells you all the pitfalls of amateur trading to look out for, as well as what really control the market short- and long-term. Cramer really cares about the reader.B/B = BUY

Duane Leon

Found the content ok but he spent a lot of time talking about himself. Some of the content will be over the average investor head v


Solid book on finance. Jim Cramer is a enthusiastic fella whose sincerity is often marred on television for the sake of entertainment. His book Real Money fixes that, highlighting Jim's personal recollection of trades, triumphs and tragedies. And some American history too. All layed out in the land of the market. As a newbie to stocks/securities, I found Jim's advice very helpful. Like a good high school teacher giving you constructive criticism in economics class.For fun -- if you enjoy Jim's over the top energy, I recommend getting the audio version of Real Money. As Jim reads it in his own natural voice. (No screaming or chair throwing here)


great introduction to investing, but read a lot more before jumping right in because not everything is as wonderful as he makes it sound. For example, he talks about the stock market being up over the past 30 years, and therefore it will be up over the next 30 years, but the stock market has been down the past 11 years so... learn some terms, get excited, try it out, but this is a crash course.

Ellen Attar

Jim Cramer is a top notch entertainer and writes a great book for beginning investors. His explanations are geared to the novice, yet provide sound advice for more experienced investors. He is fun to read.

Brett Philips

This book is pretty good for the beginner investor and as a refresher for the active trader. Cramer can be tough to swallow some times, but he covers basic trading fundamentals with real life examples. I can't handle watching his show anymore, but this book is a little less in your face.


This is not a book that I could read "cover to cover" - I stopped somewhere in the middle and plan to pick it up again later. There are chapters, but the whole book seemed to be one continuous stream of thought, so even though I didn't get to the end I feel like I have "read" the book. I thought it had great advice that I could actually understand, and Cramer was witty enough to keep my attention. This is the first book on investing that I was able to actually read, comprehend, and not fall asleep. So for that, it gets three stars!!!


I read this one of the times when I thought I wanted to make a mint. It's pretty good, I guess. Basically, the gist of it is a system for trading if you are willing to commit yourself to dedicating a huge amount of time managing your portfolio. Otherwise, Jim recommends some good index funds to put your money into.

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