David Dreman, chairman and managing director of Dreman Value Management, LLC, is one of the most successful and influential investment managers in history, and his name is synonymous with contrarian investing. In this major revision of his investment classic, which Warren Buffett called "that rarity--an extremely readable and useful book that will be of great value both to the layman and the professional," Dreman introduces vitally important new findings in psychology that explain why the stock market is inescapably given to bubbles, panics, and periods of high volatility. He also shows how we can use these findings to reliably profit from market errors, crash-proof our portfolios, and earn market-beating long-term returns.
The need for these keen new insights and his powerful contrarian strategies has never been more urgent. The market crash of 2007-2008 left no doubt that there are glaring flaws in the theory underlying all of the other prevailing investment strategies--the efficient market hypothesis--as well as in the long-accepted theory of risk. These twin theories, and all of the popular investing strategies that are based on them, fail to account for major, systematic errors in human judgment that the powerful new psychology research explains, such as emotional overreactions and a host of mental shortcuts in decision-making that lead to wild over- and undervaluations of securities as well as fundamentally flawed assessments of risk. Dreman's contrarian strategies not only account for these dangerous psychological effects but allow investors to take advantage of them. Dreman presents a breakthrough new theory of risk and introduces vital findings about the hidden dangers of high-speed trading and its role in volatility; he also delves into the pernicious risk of flash crashes as well as how to prepare for inflation.
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January 01, 2012
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