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The Irwin Guide to Using the Wall Street Journal

The Irwin Guide to Using the Wall Street Journal
Author: Michael Lehmann
ISBN 13: 9780071416641
ISBN 10: 71416641
Edition: 7
Publisher: McGraw-Hill
Publication Date: 2005-06-28
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 368
List Price: $34.95

How to improve your investment performance with The Wall Street Journal—with online research strategies specifically designed for WSJ.com!

Each business day, The Wall Street Journal delivers an unmatched array of information and charts on what exactly is happening in the U.S. economy and markets. Everything you need to dramatically improve your investment results, over both the short- and long-term, can be found in the Journal.

But only if you know how to use it. The Irwin Guide to Using The Wall Street Journal, Seventh Edition, a bestseller in six previous editions, has now been comprehensively updated and revised to include:

  • WSJ.com—Tips, tools, and links for accessing in-depth details and historic information through the online edition, including news article retrieval and historic information on companies, markets, and the economy
  • Completely new chapters on the intricate connections between output, efficiency, costs, profits—and stock prices
  • Explanations of U.S. economic indicators, and how they impact investor behavior in a global, 24-hour-a-day marketplace

Thousands of investors read the Wall Street Journal every day without truly understanding its capabilities. The Irwin Guide to Using The Wall Street Journal will help you become one of the fortunate few who know how to combine the print and online versions of the Journal into a complete resource for investing in, and unlocking the mysteries of, the U.S. stock market.

Since it was first published in 1984, The Irwin Guide to Using The Wall Street Journal has shown more than a quarter-million investors how to locate, understand, and profit from the financial information found every day in the Journal. This seventh edition expands and updates on the book’s wide-ranging charts and information, making it the most complete and up-to-date Wall Street Journal user’s guide available.

For the first time, this latest edition also focuses on the Journal’s companion website, WSJ.com, and introduces you to the myriad ways in which the online edition complements and expands upon the print edition Examples of actual onscreen pages help you quickly navigate the site to get just the information you need. In addition, step-by-step directions walk you through four sets of data-gathering procedures of particular value to investors:

  • News article retrieval—Follow links directly to current news stories, and use Advanced Search to retrieve archived stories from past editions
  • Company information—Obtain current and past stock quotes, financials, and analyst recommendations, download hundreds of company reports for free, and more
  • Economic information—Look up latest government reports on economic indicators, study expert industry analyses, track Fed policy and actions, and more
  • Market information—Read latest news and numbers, receive “Heard on the Street” and other e-mail updates throughout the day, gain access to columns available only online, and more

The Irwin Guide to Using The Wall Street Journal covers virtually every financial aspect of business and the economy. It shows you how to quickly find and interpret data and information on literally hundreds of critical topics, including how and why interest rates affect markets, how deficits impact the inflation rate and stock prices, the impact of the Federal Reserve on your investment portfolio, and strategies to manage and even reduce the risks of commodities and futures investing

The Wall Street Journal is the authoritative source for business and investment news. The Irwin Guide to Using the Wall Street Journal shows you how, by understanding a handful of key statistical reports in the Journal, you can get a surprisingly quick and firm comprehension of the ups and downs of the American economy, and use that comprehension to dramatically improve both your short- and long-term investment performance.

Michael B. Lehmann, Ph.D., has been a professor of economics at the University of San Francisco for more than 35 years. The author of Real World Economic Applications: The Wall Street Journal Workbook and the coauthor of Macroeconomics Online, Professor Lehmann has lectured extensively on business and investment and been featured and quoted in TheStreet.com, the San Francisco Examiner, and other popular media resources. His seminar based on The Irwin Guide to Using The Wall Street Journal is popular with investors as well as corporations as an in-house training program.


Lehmann (economics, U. of San Francisco) shows how to use The Wall Street Journal for making informed business and investment decisions, and explains the stock market, commodities, money market investments, and interest rates. Overviews the Federal Reserve system and significant forces in the postwar business cycle, and discusses economic indicators and US international transactions. Includes guides to statistical series published in the Journal. This fifth edition is updated to reflect current trends. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)