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No Hype – The Straight Goods on Investing Your Money: Book Review and Giveaway

I’ve asked QCash, the young and retired millionaire, to write a book review on No Hype – The Straight Goods on Investing Your Money.  Here is a great summary that he came back with.  Be sure to check out the giveaway at the end of the review!

Thanks to Million Dollar Journey for giving me the opportunity to publish my first book review. Let me begin by saying that I enjoy reading books about finances at all different levels, from the beginner to the technical investor. I hope that every time I read a new book, I at least find something new or improve my knowledge even slightly.

Now on to the book: No Hype – The Straight Goods on Investing Your Money by Gail Bebee.

The book is described as a primer for those who are wish to invest beyond the standard bank offered mutual funds and GICs we all seem to start with and need some guidance on the range of investing. The author calls this book “the book I couldn’t find when I began to seriously focus on investing.”

It is different from a beginners guide and it has to be taken in the context of someone is invested but knows they want to invest differently but is not sure why or how.

About the Author

According to the book:

Gail Bebee, B.Sc., M.Eng., is an independent investor. She has mastered the finer points of investing through completion of the Canadian Securities Course with honours, hands-on investing experience, membership in the Tycoons Investment Club and extensive reading.

About the Book

I think that the fact that the book defines itself as a primer for those who “want to get serious” about investing differentiates it from “a beginners guide.” However, Gail is certainly willing to start from the very beginning, talking about the power of compounding and the rule of 72 all the way up to technical analysis of stocks.

I personally found the way she presented the information in 26 bite-sized, yet comprehensive chapters organized in 7 sections useful and an intuitive progression.

While she touched on real estate as an investment vehicle, it was lumped in with real estate, commodities and collectibles. I liked her comment not to confuse your home with an investment in real estate, but her total real estate advice was to stick with REITs. Personally, I feel real estate could have been a chapter in and of itself.


I liked her title of chapter 17 – “Alternative Investments – Investments or Gambling” where she warns readers away from flavours of the month and to stick with fundamentals. I have been an advocate of that for many of my less savvy investor friends for years.

The only fault I would have with this book is that for someone offering “no hype”, she is not afraid to provide her own personal opinion on the suitability or appeal of certain investments, but given her experience I would be prepared to take most of her advice. With that said, she is not an advocate of income trusts for reasons she spells out in her book and I would personally disagree with her about certain types of trusts, but that is probably a personal risk tolerance thing.

The Bottom Line

No Hype lives up to its billing as a the Straight Goods on Investing Your Money. While I don’t believe it is for the absolute beginner (there are better books out there to get people started in investing The Wealthy Barber, Smart Couples Finish Rich, etc.), I would recommend this to anyone who is thinking about taking control of your own portfolio or someone who needs a primer on an investment asset class they are not currently utilizing.

And one last thing: I did learn a few new things, especially regarding split share corporations I didn’t know before.

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About the author: QCash is a young retiree and self made millionaire. He has built his net worth up to $1.5 million by the ripe age of 36. QCash writes the occasional article for Million Dollar Journey to share in his experience of obtaining a large net worth at a young age.You can read our interview with him here.

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    Has anyone actually read this and can give a first hand review?

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    Nice summary. Looking forward to reading this.

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    FT and Qcash,

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    work in the ALT industry. Look forward to reading chapter 17

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    Looks interesting

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    I’m in…

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    Looks like a good book.

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    Can’t wait to read it.

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    Well if Qcash has learnt something that is good enough for me!

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    Sounds like and interesting read.

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    I’ve read Smart Couples Finish Rich; I’m ready for the next step.

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  • Brian January 27, 2009, 1:41 pm

    No Hype _ i would love to read it. this book might have something that help me out.

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    Looks good!

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    I am happy I came across your review, it made the book sound very promising


  • Sarah January 27, 2009, 2:10 pm

    Sounds interesting! And sounds like it was written at about my level… wanting to move beyond.
    Thanks for the blog –

  • Kurt January 27, 2009, 2:10 pm

    Would love to read that!

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    I need help!

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    Count me in.

  • Swati January 27, 2009, 2:16 pm

    A rather interesting book, and something I will probably purchase/borrow from library if I don’t win it.

    The book perfectly defines my situation at this point…I am invested here and there, I read about it when and where I get a chance…but still don’t know where to begin or what the “next steps” should be. I am also confused on how people define asset allocation in a dozen ways. Some people differentiate between mutual funds/stocks/bonds in their “asset allocation” and some canadian/us/foreign and some small/med/large (I have NO idea how to determine that one).

    Looks like a good read. Thanks for the opportunity

  • AndrewM January 27, 2009, 2:17 pm

    I’ll take it!

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    Boo-yah! I’d love a copy of this book.

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  • Kristy January 27, 2009, 2:50 pm

    Hi, Thanks for posting this review. I am starting the journey of learning how to control my own investments and any tips on good resources are always appreciated!

  • Brian M January 27, 2009, 2:52 pm

    Interesting article on this new book. I enjoy reading other perspectives on investing and financial planning and look forward to this one as well. I have checked my local library and have not found it as of yet. I am very curious about Gail’s beliefs on REIT investing as I favour them (in limited amounts) within my portfolio.

    Excellent website to have created, keep promoting financial awareness and education to the masses :)

  • Joel January 27, 2009, 2:53 pm

    Sounds like a useful book

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    I think that this book will be very helpful and assist me in getting on the right path…..

  • Astin January 27, 2009, 3:08 pm

    Can’t speak to the quality of the book, but that blurb about the author turned me right off it.

    She’s got degrees in Science and Engineering, took the CSC (a multiple-choice exam for a self-study course required for any Canadian trader, that is NOT that difficult), joined an investor’s club, and read a lot… and she’s “mastered” the finer points of investing? Talk about hype.

  • Chris January 27, 2009, 3:09 pm

    would love to read it

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    I would love to have a read

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    count me in.

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    Looking for investment advise

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  • Andrea January 27, 2009, 3:38 pm

    I would like to read this book… pick me.

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    Look like a useful book.

  • AndrewP January 27, 2009, 4:45 pm

    Good job on your first review, QCash!!
    I’d love a copy!

  • Les January 27, 2009, 4:49 pm

    i’d like to read it. Thanx

  • Vincent January 27, 2009, 4:58 pm

    sounds useful

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    Looks to be a great read!!!

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    cool. thanks for the review. awesome blog, btw.

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    Count me in, please!

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    pick me please!

  • Catharine January 27, 2009, 6:00 pm

    this is right up my alley!

  • Gates VP January 27, 2009, 6:02 pm

    Ummm… The Wealthy Barber?

    I’m sorry, but I wouldn’t recommend that book to anybody.

    Isn’t that the book where he advocates that being saving 30% of your pre-tax income and then making 12% / year over 30 years like he did?

    It has nuggets of wisdom heaped with piles of frugal “limited-good” mindset. He casually ignores inflation despite a chunk of his mythical “12% returns” coming during the 20% inflation era (the book was printed in 1989, anyone remember October ’89?)

    He starts by telling you that you can be rich by saving only 10% of your income. But then follows that with later wisdom that you should also be maxing out your RRSPs and that you should really be saving 15% or 20% on top of that (not just the 10%).

    Here’s an Indigo review with some supporting comments.

    @FT and QCash why are you even mentioning this book? What are the book’s strong points? (other than including Canadian-specific content?)

  • So January 27, 2009, 6:02 pm

    Great review.

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    Count me in.

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    Would love to read it!

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    Hello, 4th year business student here chiming in. I love the Blog, and I’d love to read the book. Thanks!

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    Count me in!

  • Sarah January 27, 2009, 7:07 pm

    This is timely. My husband and I have some money that we’re looking at investing, and we’ve been debating where to start. (Actually, I think we’re going to split it and each try different things).

  • Jeff Wilson January 27, 2009, 7:57 pm

    I could use a book like this given my recent performance in managing my portfolio.



  • Mai January 27, 2009, 7:59 pm

    I’am in :)

  • Deb January 27, 2009, 8:00 pm

    Sounds like a good reference book. Count me in!

  • Pat January 27, 2009, 8:31 pm

    How does this book compare to the following:

    Title: The Smartest Investment Book You’ll Ever Read
    Author: Daniel Solin

    I just checked this out of the library the other day and plan on reading it in the coming days. If this book really is the “straight goods” is it worth reading on top of the above book. Keeping in mind that I don’t have infinite time to read every investment book that comes out.

  • Al January 27, 2009, 8:48 pm

    Sounds like a great book to read and learn!!

  • Mark Telewiak January 27, 2009, 9:21 pm

    Sounds like another great addition to my library

  • VICTOR RAJKOTWALA January 27, 2009, 9:38 pm

    In these days of unregulated freelancers masquerading as ‘investment advisers’, and even qualified advisers being more interested in their commissions rather than safeguarding your portfolio, it is absolutely essential for every person to be reasonably acquainted with the basics of personal finance, insurance, taxation and avenues of investment. Therefore any well-written book on these topics, such as ‘No Hype’ is always welcome.

  • Sameer January 27, 2009, 10:02 pm

    I hate to say it, but nowadays it’s fairly easy to get the CSC. I’d like to read something by someone who’s earned the CFA.

  • Linda January 27, 2009, 10:09 pm

    Good timing! I’m currently reading everything I can get my hands on too, having already read the aforementioned Wealthy Barber and Smart Couples. As the author states, these are good get-to-know-you books, but I could use something a bit more sophisticated now. Thanks.

  • Jared January 27, 2009, 10:47 pm

    Always interested in new books.

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    sounds interesting!

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    sounds like an interesting read

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    Count me in!

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    sounds good~!

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    Looks interesting

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    Sounds like there are some gems in this book – would love to take a closer look. Count me in! Have always wondered if home ownership should be considered a real estate investment, at least in terms of calculating % diversification. Now I know.


  • Les MILA January 28, 2009, 12:24 am

    A very interesting review for a book that is probably good.

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    Sounds like that book is right up my alley.

  • R. January 28, 2009, 1:50 am

    I’m very interested.

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    sounds interesting. Count me in. BTW, what happened to the other book giveaway – rich brother, rich sister. Was a winner announced?

  • Debt_Free_in_5 January 28, 2009, 9:56 am

    I’d love a copy

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    Yes, please!

  • Rob January 28, 2009, 12:17 pm

    Wish me luck!

  • Mike January 28, 2009, 1:19 pm

    why not

  • Marc January 28, 2009, 1:27 pm

    Looks like a good read, would love a copy.

  • Lynne January 28, 2009, 1:37 pm

    sounds like the perfect book for me!

  • bmfinc January 28, 2009, 1:54 pm

    This is the kind of book that I could really use. Thanks for the review.

  • sean January 28, 2009, 1:57 pm

    Sounds like I should read this book considering the direction my money has headed in recent months.

  • mcmatterson January 28, 2009, 2:04 pm

    Looks like a solid read…thanks!

  • Izzoshady January 28, 2009, 2:30 pm

    Thanks for the review. Appreciate it

  • Walrus January 28, 2009, 7:14 pm

    Good review made me interested.

  • Jamie January 28, 2009, 10:08 pm

    Thanks for the book review, would love to read it myself!

  • Patricia January 28, 2009, 11:13 pm

    Sounds like a good addition to the home reference library I am slowly building. Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy

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    I think i’m in that boat, not a beginner but much to learn especially at a very intriguing time to start investing.

    Pick me Please!

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    Thanks for the informative review.

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    pick me.

  • Sean January 29, 2009, 11:56 am

    Sounds like a great read. Thanks for the giveaway!

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    Thanks for the opportunity to get a freebie. After a business trip to China in late 2004, I knew that I had to switch to a DIY mode for my investments – my advisors were either asleep at the switch or working on their own agenda. No regrets since then…

  • Pauline January 29, 2009, 12:41 pm

    Thanks for the review.

  • jared January 29, 2009, 1:48 pm

    Would love to give the book a good reading. Thanks!

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    I’d like to read it…..

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    Looks like a book I’d like to read.

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    I’m currently reviewing my investments and this would be a useful book to look at. Thanks for the review!

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    Looks like a great read!

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    In it to win it

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    nice review!

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    I’ve been reading tons of investment books recently. I even tried “forward testing” the philosophies that some of the “gurus” suggested will make consistent money. Unfortunately, they all fell flat on their faces, even before the big crash in October of last year. I hope that this book helps us grow our tiny nestegg as I’ve only managed to make it contract….

    Thanks for the freebie opportunity.

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    this book sounds good….