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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 6, 2008

    Personal Investment Guidance

    A terrific book for the lay investor, Swensen's Unconventional Success is a blueprint for the lay investor. In it, he explains the various aspects of the stock market, historical returns, risks, etc. He then teaches you (in your own life) how to mitigate your risks and earn what Benjamin Graham termed an "acceptable return". By being well diversified, avoiding risky assets, setting realisitc expectations and investing with a view for the long-term; Swensen teaches us that we can all achieve financial stability with a little help.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2008

    Investment advice from a pro

    Although for many investors, the stock market is the only game in town, author David F. Swensen, the experienced manager of Yale University¿s endowment, suggests investing in logical low-cost, fair, nonprofit index funds that track the market closely. He advocates building a carefully balanced portfolio, and strongly recommends regular rebalancing. He comes to these conclusions based on his rigorous analysis of the returns achieved by a host of other investment media, especially mutual funds. In fact, he builds his investment guidebook around a scathing scolding of the mutual-fund industry, even though mutual funds also have strong supporters. getAbstract believes Swensen¿s counsel will be useful for individual investors who face a bewildering array of choices. In fact, if you had a rich uncle on Wall Street to advise you, he would probably echo much of Swensen¿s logical advice.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2006

    down to earth, truthful and impartial

    Nice to see a book on this topic not selling a 'get rich quick' scheme. Great job at 'unmasking' what goes on in wall street and the way small investors are being overcharged (and sometimes flat-out robbed) by many firms. Swensen gives great advice on how to invest in order to maximize your expected returns. He offers (what after reading the book seems obvious) great tips on what type of investements to consider an how to organize a portfolio based on personal characteristics and goals. I think the book gets into a lot of unecessary/borring detail at points but it's a great read overall.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 17, 2005

    Required reading for anyone long-term investing

    Very informative book providing an overall investment strategy for the long term as well as explainations of the different options for achieving a balanced portfolio. It was particularly helpful to understand the ways that financial service firms get compensated and the bearing that has on long term returns. Don't read this book if you are chasing quick returns, only if you are investing for the long term.

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