One of the main reasons why I started to write this blog back in June 2008 was to help fresh and inexperienced entrants to the stock market learn about fundamental and technical analysis - and become better investors in the process.
It has been both an enriching and humbling experience for me. Enriching because of the regular interaction with readers of this blog - both young and old - that have helped me immensely in getting different perspectives about the market.
Humbling because some of the young readers are not only mature beyond their years, but they have knowledge, discipline and decision-taking ability that are as good as, and some times better than, my own.
There are plenty of web sites, blogs and investment groups that offer free stock tips. I have tried to avoid that - because just telling some one to buy a particular stock does not teach him why it is a stock worth buying.
I do write about stocks that are fundamentally strong, and some times not so strong. The objective being that readers can enhance their knowledge about how to use technical indicators and fundamental parameters.
Only through learning and experience can investors become better at knowing which stocks to track and which to avoid. If my blog posts have been of assistance, my efforts have been well worth their while.
Many of you have requested me over the past few months to compile some of my blog posts into an eBook for ready reference. Some suggested that I should charge for such an eBook. But after some thought, I decided to provide it to my blog readers for free - but on two conditions.
First, you need to specifically ask for the free eBook by sending me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org with your full name. Hiding behind a pseudonym won't help! I would like to avoid spammers to the extent possible.
Second, you can ask your friends, relatives, colleagues to send me an email for the eBook (or send them a link to this blog post) - but please do not forward the eBook to others without my permission. I don't want the eBook to be freely circulated over the Internet.
Compiling the eBook from selected blog posts written between June 2008 and January 2009 took longer than I expected. Some of the posts had to be updated and rewritten. The basic concepts about the stock market, sector and portfolio selection, investment strategy and philosophy, common pitfalls, monetary policy and interest rates have been covered.
Anyway, to cut a long story short, the eBook: How to become a better investor, is finally ready for distribution. I'm relieved that it could be completed on the last day of the year. Please consider this as my small gift for the New Year. May it be a happy and prosperous one for all my readers.