a beginner's guide to the stock market, matthew krater

A Beginner’s Guide to the Stock Market: A Book Review

Let’s talk about A Beginner’s Guide to the Stock Market.

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Matthew Kratter from Trader University wrote this book.

As the name implies, the book prioritizes itself in giving insight to individuals looking to learn about the stock market. Matthew provides insight, particularly on various topics, including growth stocks, value investing, and ETFs (exchange-traded funds), to name a few.

I will dive into the book’s strengths:


What this book does exceptionally well is that it provides exposure to the topics it covers. Instead of just explaining how to trade stocks, it tells other securities that can be exchanged or invested.

I know when reading the book, I learned more about how to tell whether a stock is liquid and what people should avoid when investing or trading. This is particularly beneficial to those who are very new to the stock market and are eager to learn more.

Matthew made the book very simple to read, meaning he explained things in reasonable detail and used real-life examples to support his points. Anyone will find this book very easy to read, although it may require going back and reading a specific paragraph or chapter to understand it fully.

There are several links in the book to websites such as Yahoo Finance, to fully illustrate what Matthew is teaching us. For example, a section in his chapter was based on making money with growth stocks, that provided a link to Lyft Inc. (ticker LYFT). In this, he talked about float shares and provided notes on where to locate that on the link.

It was the links that I found beneficial to enhance my learning further.

Matthew even provided some insights on what strategies people can use to invest/trade, which will serve to be beneficial so people can either use it or format it into their own strategy.


I will admit that when I first received the book, I was disappointed. In my estimation, I thought the book would be much longer than it was. The book is around 80 or more pages. Ultimately, it is my fault that I decided not to look into the length of the book.

This draws me to my next point; there were some chapters I wish that Matthew would have gone into more detail on. Sections based on investing like Warren Buffet and value investing were chapters I would enjoy reading much more about. This lack of detail is somewhat disappointing, but this book is designed to provide exposure to these topics, which I understand.

One needs to expect that if they want to learn about a specific investment strategy, whether it be dividend investing or day trading, that they will need to look for additional resources. Remember what Rich Dad Poor Dad taught us, we should continuously build our financial intelligence, and you will have to do so.

There were few illustrations in the book, in which Matthew might have been able to add more. The illustrations could be as simple as adding extra graphs. However, I will not thoroughly criticize the book based on this, but rather phrase it as a suggestion.

My grade for this book is 7 out of 10.

I gave A Beginner’s Guide to the Stock Market seven because I still believe that there could have been more detail added to the book. If this were a 200-page book, I would be overjoyed, but because it was a shorter length, it gets a 7.

I still recommend this book for those who want particular exposure to different ways you can invest in the stock market. This book wasn’t expensive either, and the Kindle or audio version is less costly.

As the name implies, it’s a guide to the stock market. Matthew even offers several other books, and he has his own Trader University website, where he teaches online courses and has a YouTube channel covering topics described in this book.

I know this review was short, but feel free to write your thoughts on the book.

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Disclaimer: I am not a financial advisor. You are trading at your own risk and should consult a financial advisor for any investment decisions. Do your own due diligence when considering investing, and this information is for education/informational purposes only.