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You Can Be Right And Still Be A Moron

I stumbled across a really good quote from Dr. Daniel Crosby’s The Laws of Wealth that I may have printed and laminated into a wall-sized poster: … on Wall Street, doing what is “right” can lead to a negative short-term result and doing what is “wrong” can be spectacularly profitable in the short run. Consider […]

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Book Review: High Returns from Low Risk

We all know that higher returns come at the cost of higher risk. This is one of the basic fundamentals of investing. But what if it isn’t true? In High Returns from Low Risk: A Remarkable Stock Market Paradox, Pim van Vliet and Jan de Koning challenge this assumption and find that, in fact, high-risk […]

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Book Review: Get Rich With Options

I recently had the opportunity to pick up a copy of Lee Lowell’s 2009 book Get Rich With Options: Four Winning Strategies Straight from the Exchange Floor. Lee wrote an excellent primer on options trading, but the publisher probably should have put a little more thought into the title. Get Rich With Options has very […]

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Book Review: Joel Tillinghast’s Big Money Thinks Small

Joel Tillinghast is not a household name, even among active investors. He should be. Tillinghast is the manager of the Fidelity Low-Priced Stock Fund, and he’s beaten both the S&P 500 and the Russell 2000 by 4% per year since 1989. And while 4% might now sound like a large number, it makes an enormous […]

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Book Review: The Best Investment Writing

Cambria Investment Management’s Meb Faber has always done excellent research. I read his first published book, the Ivy Portfolio, years ago and keep a copy in my office.  Ivy did a lot to change my views on alternative investments, which I now use extensively in my practice. Faber rarely tries to reinvent the wheel. In […]

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Invest Like a Guru: How to Generate Higher Returns at Reduced Risk With Value Investing

I use the research site GuruFocus almost daily. It’s my go-to source for fundamental stock research, and the screeners and graphing tools alone would be well worth the subscription cost. So, I was thrilled to find out that GuruFocus founder Charlie Tian, PhD recently authored a book, Invest Like a Guru: How To Generate Higher […]

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Book Review: The Snowball Effect

Timothy McIntosh is a man after my own heart. The Tampa, Florida-based portfolio manager and financial planner dedicated an entire book —  The Snowball Effect: Using Dividends & Interest Reinvestment To Help You Retire On Time – to expand on one of my very favorite topics: the compounding effects of dividends. As the title suggests, […]

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Review: The Index Revolution

Once in a long while, you come across a research paper that fundamentally changes your thinking on a subject. Well, I had one of those moment years ago the first time I read Charles Ellis’ paper “The Loser’s Game.” In the paper, Ellis uses tennis as an analogy for investing. Professional tennis is a “winner’s […]

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Review: Quantitative Momentum

Portfolio manager and researcher Dr. Wesley Gray is at it again, looking for ways to build that proverbial better mousetrap. I reviewed Gray’s previous book, Quantitative Value, which he co-wrote with Tobias Carlisle, and found it to be “solid piece of research that combines the successful value investing framework of Benjamin Graham and Warren Buffett with the […]

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5 Books to Read Before Investing a Single Dollar

Photo credit dilettantiquity The following is an excerpt from a piece I wrote for InvestorPlace. A stock market education is expensive, and I’m not talking about the cost of a Harvard or Wharton MBA. Those, while pricey, can actually be cheap by comparison. Unfortunately, there is no real shortcut here. All stock market education is, […]

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