12 DEC - 2022
Read this book if you think that investing is something only wealthy guys in suits do.
I am a massive fan of the Girl's That Invest Podcast, and once news that Simran was releasing her first book, the GTIP fanbase, myself included, went a bit nuts. This podcast just gets it right when approaching the 'rich man' dominated topics of investing and stocks. The Girls That Invest: Your Guide to Financial Independence through Shares and Stocks is a breath of fresh air needed in a field that has left women out of the conversation for too long.
This book has everything from breaking down why we as women have missed out on financial discourse to understanding personal finance and mutual funds. From start to finish, Simran has curated a simplified pathway enriched by the sole purpose of making investing accessible to everyone, complete with a variety of helpful charts, graphs, and real-world examples.
I finished the book in less than a week, which is BIG for me, then pined off to a friend who finished it in one sitting. We agree that the book has changed how we see money. Sim's writing style is so realistic that I could almost hear her talking.
Investing has always confused me, despite my mum doing pretty well and nagging me for years to get on board with her. Kaur has targeted this read for people excluded from the exchange industry because of its perceived complexity, just like me. It's perfect for anyone who wants to learn how to invest and improve their financial situation from a beginner's phase. Sim has done an excellent job at simplifying complex topics and explaining them in easy-to-understand terms. Since closing the book, I've been feeling pissed off that these topics aren't more widely discussed. A whole 15 years of education and the entire world of finance were just left out?
I've waited so long to consider investing, but this read has given me the positive push to go for it.
The Guide covers the following topics:
1. Why invest
2. Myths related to investing
3. Before you invest: debt, insurance etc
4. Stock Market 101
5. Strategies for Investing
Even if one of these topics intrigues you, I urge you to give it a go. It was a pleasure to read an un-dramatised finance book that simply shares cold, hard facts. Plus, how badass does it sound to finish a finance book? I've never done more highlighting in one book and raved quite as hard to my friends. I'm thinking of gifting it to a few pals for Christmas. After reading this book, my outlook on investing for long-term financial security has completely transformed. It's started some much-needed dialogue. Thousands of kiwi women, like me, are growing their confidence to make their moves in the market.