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"A thoroughly enjoyable read. Provides a clear framework for equity investing in today's ‘sideways' and volatile markets useful to everyone. Clear thinking and ...
"A thoroughly enjoyable read. Provides a clear framework for equity investing in today's ‘sideways' and volatile markets useful to everyone. Clear thinking and clear writing are not often paired - well done!"
— Dick Weil, CEO, Janus Capital Group
"The bible for how to invest in the most tumultuous financial market environment since the Great Depression. A true guidebook for how to build wealth prudently."
— David Rosenberg, Chief Economist & Strategist, Gluskin Sheff + Associates Inc.
"A wonderful, grounded read for new and seasoned investors alike, Katsenelson explains in plain English why volatility and sideways markets are a stock picker's best friend."
— The Motley Fool, www.Fool.com
Praise for Active Value Investing
"This book reads like a conversation with Vitaliy: deep, insightful, inquisitive, and civilized."
— Nassim Nicholas Taleb, author of The Black Swan
"Thoroughly enjoyable . . for the thoughtful and often entertaining way in which it is delivered. . . Katsenelson takes his reader step by step into the mind of the value investor by relating, in a fictional addendum to Fiddler on the Roof, the story of Tevye's purchase of Golde, the cow. He also describes his own big-time gambling evening (he was willing to lose a maximum of $40) and that of a half-drunken, rowdy fellow blackjack player to stress the importance of process. He then moves on to the fundamental principles of active value investing. What differentiates this book from so many others on value investing is that it describes, sometimes through the use of case studies, the thinking of a value investor. Not just his models or his metrics but his assessments. Katsenelson is an empiricist who weighs facts, looks for contraindications, and makes decisions. He makes value investing come alive. This may be a little book, but it's packed with insights for both novices and experienced investors. And it is a delight to read."
Chapter One Fasten Your Seat Belt.
Chapter Two A Sideways View of the World.
Chapter Three Don't Shoot the Messenger.
Chapter Four Tevye Was a Rich Man.
Chapter Five What We Can Learn from Gamblers.
Chapter Six Brought to You by the Letter “Q” (for Quality).
Chapter Seven Brought to You by the Letter “G” (for Growth).
Chapter Eight Brought to You by the Letter “V” (For Valuation).
Chapter Nine Add it Up.
Chapter Ten Nip/Tuck.
Chapter Eleven The Born-Again Value Investor.
Chapter Twelve Applying Darwinism to the Sales Process.
Chapter Thirteen You Are Not As Dumb – or Smart – As You Think.
Chapter Fourteen On a Scavenger Hunt for Stocks.
Chapter Fifteen Farewell, Blissful Ignorance.
Chapter Sixteen Think Different.
Chapter Seventeen I Could Be Wrong, but I Doubt It.
Posted February 26, 2011
For an financial book, this one is surprisingly accessible and painless to read. Katsenelson makes many important points and illustrates them with easy-to-understand examples. Those new to investing will get a solid grounding in value investing (the style favored by Buffett and many other great investors), learning about the importance of discipline, a margin of safety, high-quality companies, and buying at attractive prices. They'll learn about sustainable competitive advantages, the beauty of recurring revenue, and the many ways a company can grow revenue (hint: some are better than others). Even seasoned investors can benefit from the book, having their critical tenets reinforced.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 25, 2011
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