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EAT OR BE EATEN
In turbulent markets you need to become an investment predator. Investment predators create a plan for capturing their prey (prime investment opportunities) while risk is fairly low, and spit the bones out (sell the investment) before they become prey themselves.
Pounce describes a system that is neither frantic day trading nor passive buy-and-hold investing. You set up a three-pronged strategy based on quantitative measures of market value, economic direction, and market sentiment, and then choose stocks, exchange traded funds (ETFs), or mutual funds using easy-to-understand criteria. You tweak the system no more than once a month. You've now got the laws of probability in your favor. Recessions, disruptive periods, or bear markets become windows of opportunity.
Pounce teaches you with dozens of specific examples how to run your investment life so as to never be the prey again!
Stern (To Hell and Back) offers fierce investment advice, goading readers to admit that their brains get in the way of profits. They must trust animal instincts instead, sharpen their claws and get ready to live by the law of the jungle to capture prey and spit out the bones. With such rhetoric, the system Stern sets forth is surprisingly tame and prosaic (e.g., reviewing investments monthly for underlying value, price direction and market sentiment). Individual strategies include technical analysis (drawing lines on charts to try to guess future price movements), fundamental analysis (valuing companies based on accounting and economic data) and market psychology. This is not a book for beginners; it does not cover the basics of financial planning and assumes a familiarity with accounting and financial data. Although no figures are given, it seems to assume about a million dollars available for investment in liquid securities and enough outside income that the portfolio need not provide cash. This book would be most appropriate for seasoned investors who trust the author's investment acumen and want a blueprint for imitating it. (May)
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St. Martin's Press
March 02, 2009
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