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  • Posted December 3, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    The Thinking Amateur's Guide to Investing Like a Pro

    The Investor's Manifesto: Preparing for Prosperity, Armageddon, and Everything in Between by neurologist turned financial consumer advocate and commentator, Dr. William Bernstein. Dr. Bernstein's handy manual lets amateur investors in on many of the tricks of the trade that the smart investment strategists, mutual and hedge fund managers use to get one up on the assorted little guys of the investment world. In addition to exposing the wiles of Wall Street, Dr. Bernstein stresses the importance of building a healthy portfolio through diversification and balance, managing risk and controlling you're your emotional response to the exuberant highs and crushing lows the market dishes out. Dr. Bernstein gives advice on what kinds of stocks and commodities to invest in based on proven track records of high returns and minimal risk.

    Dr. Bernstein is adamant in his claim that the markets have undergone profound and dramatic changes in the year since the government takeover of such investment giants as Bear-Sterns and Lehman Bros. Dr, Bernstein argues that these changes make it easier than ever for new and formerly skeptical investors to get involved, because they aren't prejudiced by the types of outmoded thinking that led to the tech bubble burst of the early 2000's and the more recent housing bust of the last two years. Dr. Bernstein's message is clear: the time has never been better to get in on the moneymaking game, provided that you have the right guidance--the kind of guidance `The Investor's Manifesto' provides.

    Dr. Bernstein's style of writing is no frills and no-nonsense. His message is peppered with dozens of examples of past investors making the right and wrong decisions when it came to sheltering and growing their assets. If Dr. Berstein is a bull, he is a tame one. He is well known to be a strong consumer advocate with no great love for the professional trading racket.

    As a former, practicing neurologist Dr. Bernstein brings a unique set of knowledge and skills to bear on understanding how an individual's own instincts can sometimes work against him or her in the investment arena. Bernstein's approach is scientific, comprehensive and farsighted. 'The Investor's Manifesto' is well-written, incisive and complete. A great pick!

    Reading Bernstein's 'Manifesto' I was reminded of another great book that came out recently on how to make smart investment moves with an eye toward a secure retirement. Thomas Scott's Fasten Your Financial Seatbelt: What A Fatal Plane Crash Taught Me About Retirement Planning is very similar in style and tone to Bernstein's 'Investor's Manifesto.' Financial planner, Tom Scott, has built his career on helping amateur investors build solid portfolios that can compete with the top mutual funds and yield high returns over the long haul. Scott has distilled much of his wisdom into a concise, easy-to-read handbook that has the dual advantages of being a little shorter and--for those on a tight budget this holiday season--quite a bit cheaper than the more heavily marketed 'Manifesto.'

    For those looking for a variety of perspectives on the matter of investing with confidence, another book of interest is John Girourard's The Ten Truths of Wealth Creation. Published in '07, 'Ten Truths' may seem, at this point, to be an oldie, but it's definitely a goodie!

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  • Posted February 6, 2010

    I've read this before

    This is very similar to Mr. Bernstein's previous two books. Sound advice. Easy to follow.

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  • Posted January 2, 2010

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    Good Synopsis of Four Pillars of Investing (earlier book by author)

    Frankly, this is a synopsis of the major themes from Bernstein's "Four Pillars of Investing", which he wrote about 3-4 years ago. I would rate "Four Pillars" in the "must read" category. If you are a serious individual investor, you MUST READ this book.

    The "Investor's Manifesto" is a summarized, simplified version of the key themes from this former book. It's a quick, good read - but I would definitely recommend the earlier book before this one.

    On the other hand, if you have limited time and interest, but still want the "key cepts" of investing policy, then read this book and FOLLOW ITS ADVICE! Both books are the purview of the individual investor. In other words, you must be willing to think and act for yourself. If you are dependent upon a financial advisor, then either: 1) you can read this book and shed the overhead of the advisor; OR 2) you can keep the advisor and skip the book! From my roughly 35 years of investing experience, I heartily recommend the FORMER!

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