Seven Deadly Sins Investing: How to Conquer Your Worst Impulses and Save Your Financial Future

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"Are you a sinner when it comes to investing? During his long and successful career at Salomon Brothers, Maury Fertig witnessed many smart people making very bad investment decisions -- all because they let their emotions influence their judgment. He realized that whether the result of ego, competitiveness, or just plain laziness, these dire behaviors were rooted in seven common and recognizable human weaknesses:

• Envy: focusing on the success of others

• Vanity, or Pride: an unwillingness to take advice

• Lust: an infatuation with an ...

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Overview

"Are you a sinner when it comes to investing? During his long and successful career at Salomon Brothers, Maury Fertig witnessed many smart people making very bad investment decisions -- all because they let their emotions influence their judgment. He realized that whether the result of ego, competitiveness, or just plain laziness, these dire behaviors were rooted in seven common and recognizable human weaknesses:

• Envy: focusing on the success of others

• Vanity, or Pride: an unwillingness to take advice

• Lust: an infatuation with an investment, despite warnings that it is not sound

• Avarice: a tendency to hold onto a stock for too long, decreasing its return

• Anger, or Wrath: irrational behavior that sacrifices steady progress for a quick hit

• Gluttony: compulsive and excessive investing

• Sloth: ignoring finances altogether

The Seven Deadly Sins of Investing helps readers recognize their investing vices, and offers practical strategies to help them correct the error of their ways. Illustrated by real stories about real investors who have given in to temptation, the book provides solid financial advice for avoiding common pitfalls and staying on the path to “salvation” -- and wealth."

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“...by focusing on the seven deadly sins, Mr. Fertig has provided a checklist of what not to do when it comes to investing. And anything that may keep you from losing money is a good thing indeed.”

-New York Times

“...Mr. Fertig has provided a checklist of what not to do when it comes to investing... a good thing indeed.”

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"...by focusing on the seven deadly sins, Mr.Fertig has provided a checklist of what not to do when it comes to investing."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780814408742
  • Publisher: AMACOM Books
  • Publication date: 6/28/2006
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Maury Fertig (Northbrook, IL) is the founder of Relative Value Partners, a registered investment advisor, where he applies the strategies in this book with a wide range of clients. He was previously Managing Director for Corporate Bond Sales in the Midwest and Southwest for Salomon Smith Barney/Citigroup.

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Table of Contents

"Acknowledgments / IX

Introduction / 1

1 Assess Your

Vulnerability to Sin / 17

2 Envy

The Stock Is Not Always Greener

in Someone Else’s Portfolio / 37

3 Vanity/Pride

It Goeth Before a Fall / 57

4 Lust

Losing Investing Perspective

and Inhibitions / 75

5 Avarice

Even King Midas Didn’t

Have the Touch / 97

6 Anger/Wrath

Don’t Get Mad, Get Even

(at the Very Least) / 117

7 Gluttony

How Not to Consume the Market

Before It Consumes You / 133

8 Sloth

The Cost of Being Lazy / 151

9 Sinful Situations

Be Aware of Events and Environments

That Tempt Investors / 169

10 We Are All Sinners, but

Some of Us Can Be Saved / 189

Index / 209"

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 9, 2006

    Turned over a new investment leaf

    It was helpful to read an investment book that understood what my investment tendencies were, and yet, talked me out of repeating what hasn't been working so well. The psychological yet rational approach really spoke to me. It wasn't too dogmatic either. Enjoyable examples too.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2006

    Solid Investing advice

    I found this book helps me avoid some of the most prevalent investing mistakes that most of us are vulnerable to. I enjoyed some of the stories about smart people letting the 'sins' get the better of them.

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