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Posted August 4, 2004
Packed with Knowledge!
This is a very good book about investing and market behavior. Readers should be forewarned that author John Mauldin may have some bias in that he is an advisor and money manager with a big commodities practice. Nevertheless, pay close attention to his evidence and the case he expounds here. Mauldin marshals numerous studies to indicate that a secular extended bear market is upon us and that it may be a long, long time before stock markets recover strength and surpass their present levels in inflation-adjusted terms. He suggests that a further drop of as much as 50% may be in the cards and, in case you aren't already scared, he supports his contention with solid evidence. Mauldin offers you a number of plausible alternatives for managing your money. We find that one of his book's great merits is that it calls attention to a potentially dark scenario that most investment coverage ignores.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 31, 2004
Interesting but little of real value for the individual investor
While Mauldin does a good job of presenting his view of the financial markets and the research that backs up that view, he is out of touch with the individual investor. Out of 400+ pages, only 16 pages covered anything remotely useful for equity investors and only 4 pages covered investing in bonds. He spends over 50 pages talking about Hedge Funds, which are not available to anyone who isn't a 'accredited Investor', which means having more than $1 million to invest. If you are looking for useful investment information, I would look else where.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 5, 2004
empowerment of the individual
John Mauldin has done the average citizen a great service by putting the economic environment and investment choices into an understandable and logical set of choices. He guides our decisions by use of historical statistics that demonstrate the best probabilities of success in making and keeping money from investments. He is neither bull nor bear but realist, and in the process he debunks the myth of 'buy and hold.' This book requires time and attention; it must be studied not glanced at. But it is a delight to read and ponder.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.