Investing in One Lesson

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Why are the smartest, most successful professionals so often failures when it comes to investing? Can stock prices really be so illogical that even doctors and lawyers can't figure them out? Ultimately, is it possible for anyone to decipher the financial markets?
Fortunately, the answer is yes. In Investing In One Lesson, investment guru Mark Skousen clearly and convincingly reveals the reasons for the seemingly perverse, unpredictable nature of the stock market. Drawing upon ...
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Overview


Why are the smartest, most successful professionals so often failures when it comes to investing? Can stock prices really be so illogical that even doctors and lawyers can't figure them out? Ultimately, is it possible for anyone to decipher the financial markets?
Fortunately, the answer is yes. In Investing In One Lesson, investment guru Mark Skousen clearly and convincingly reveals the reasons for the seemingly perverse, unpredictable nature of the stock market. Drawing upon his decades of experience as an investment advisor, writer, and professor, Dr. Skousen explains in one spirited, easy-to-follow lesson why stock prices fluctuate with such apparent irrationality. Lifting back the veil of perplexity and confusion that surrounds the workings of the stock market, Dr. Skousen explains:

*Why good news for the economy is often bad news for the stock market
*Why stocks of old, established companies in shrinking industries tend to be a better investment than shares in rapidly growing firms in cutting-edge fields
*Why stock prices can suddenly skyrocket or collapse--regardless of market fundamentals
*Why initial public offerings often enrich insiders at the expense of the majority of investors
*How Wall Street is like a giant casino--and how it isn't

The perfect investment primer, Investing In One Lesson provides an introduction to everything from day trading to contrary investing to chart-based techniques. Dr. Skousen's book concludes with a comprehensive but simple investment strategy to maximize your returns without having to dedicate countless hours to researching the market. Dr. Skousen packs his book with entertaining personal and professional anecdotes illustrating his central point--that the business of investing is not the same as investing in a business. He offers investors a wide-ranging but accessible course on investing history, psychology, and strategy--all in one lesson.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781596985223
  • Publisher: Regnery Publishing, Inc., An Eagle Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 10/16/2007
  • Pages: 175
  • Sales rank: 702,126
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Mark Skousen, Ph.D., is a financial economist, university professor, corporate consultant, and author of over twenty books. Dr. Skousen is editor in chief of the award-winning investment newsletter Forecasts & Strategies and edits three trading services: Skousen Hedge Fund Trader, High Income Alert, and Turnaround Trader. From 2005 to 2007 he was chairman of Investment U, one of the largest investment e-letters in the country. He has taught economics at Columbia Business School, Columbia University, and Rollins College, and is currently the Benjamin Franklin Chair in Management at Gratham University. A former Forbes magazine columnist, Dr. Skousen's articles have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The Christian Science Monitor, Reason, and The Journal of Economic Perspectives.
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Table of Contents


Is This Your Story?     1
What's Your Business?     9
A Rocky Marriage     17
A Peculiar Institution     21
The Perversity of "Mr. Market"     31
Has Wall Street Become Another Las Vegas?     49
The Plungers and the Peacocks     55
The Growth Trap     65
The Contrarians     75
The Strategy     85
My Favorite Investment Choices     101
Creating a Permanent Portfolio     115
Bonds, Real Estate, and Other Income Investments     127
The Lesson Redux     141
Glossary     147
Recommended Reading     155
About the Author     157
My Investment Newsletter and Trading Service     159
Other Books by Mark Skousen     161
Acknowledgments     163
Index     165
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