The Bear Book: Survive and Profit in Ferocious Markets / Edition 1

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Overview

The Bear Book focuses on protecting assets and minimizing losses during a bear market and on taking advantage of unique opportunities for profit. John Rothchild chronicles the long history of bear markets, exploring in detail exactly what constitutes a bear market and how it affects us. Along with his own expertise, the author draws on respected and knowledgeable names such as Jim Rogers, Jim Grant, and Martin Zweig, among a host of prominent investment advisors, strategists, and fund managers. The result is a comprehensive chronicle that deftly and definitively fills the "bearish information gap." Rothchild distinguishes the characteristics of past bear markets, examining what triggered them, how long they lasted - and why. He probes the unique psychology of bearish investing, concentrating on which types of investments generally do well during a downturn in the market. His answers to some questions clarify, among other key issues, what can happen to mutual funds in a bear market, and exactly what the dangers are of selling short. Of critical importance is Rothchild's overview of the alternatives to stocks, including gold, bonds, and money market funds, as well as tips on what stocks to buy when the market starts to turn bullish again. For historical perspective, The Bear Book also includes a unique and eye-opening account of the Crash of '29 and its survivors. Profiles of prominent bearish investors - Roy Neuberger and Philip Carret, among them - contain illuminating long-term perspectives on the ups and downs of the stock market over the past fifty to seventy-five years.
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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"(John Rothchild) made a small fortune from writing books that made finance funny and entertaining."-Miami Herald

"Mr. Rothchild finds some compelling evidence that a bear might be lurking in the woods. (He) addresses the subject with candor."-The Wall Street Journal

"According to Rothchild, there's a dark cloud looming behind virtually every silver lining. And to the extent that it can, his book gives investors useful market history to help them cope when the next storm arrives to put the current bull in its place."-Washington Post Book World

"THE BEAR BOOK would be fascinating just because Rothchild is an entertaining writer who has gathered such a wide variety of historical facts, anecdotes, theories and current opinions to enlighten the reader about market declines."-Chicago Sun-Times

"A timely wake-up call...contains fascinating stories about history's greatest financial busts as well as guidance on how to cope with the next one."-Miami Herald

"An enlightening work that's likely to give investors a bigger scare than a Stephen King novel. Rothchild isn't one of those doom-and-gloom forecasters. He's just hoping to provide some perspective."-San Diego Union-Tribune

John Rothchild, author of THE BEAR BOOK: Survive and Profit in Ferocious Markets wrote an editorial published in the September 6, 1998 issue of New York Newsday entitled "Are Investors Setting Free the Bears?"

Library Journal - Richard S. Drezen
This book is not about warm, furry animals who inhabit Yellowstone National Park but about "bears" who roam a far different place called Wall Street, along with other animals called "bulls." In simple investing terms, bulls are buyers of stocks and bears are sellers. While everyone well, almost everyone, according to Rothchild loves a bull market, not many relish a bear market. Bearish investors have never had an easy time of it historically, and some notables like "Sell 'em" Ben Smith have even been vilified. But the author provides plenty of statistics to show that bear markets are inevitable. What's an investor to do? Rothchild Learn To Earn, Wiley, 1997 presents a number of options, and while his advice is solid if not terribly original, the haphazard organization and leaden prose may leave the casual investor even more confused than before. To paraphrase the author, if this book were a stock, it would deserve to be shorted. Not recommended. --Library Journal
-- Ina Rimpau, Newark Public Library, NJ
-- Ina Rimpau, Newark Public Library, NJ
Chicago Sun Times
THE BEAR BOOK would be fascinating just because Rothchild is an entertaining writer who has gathered such a wide variety of historical facts, anecdotes, theories and current opinions to enlighten the reader about market declines. --The Chicago Sun-Times
Miami Herald
A timely wake-up call...contains fascinating stories about history's greatest financial busts as well as guidance on how to cope with the next one. John Rothchild made a small fortune from writing books that made finance funny and entertaining. -- The Miami Herald
Wall Street Journal
Mr. Rothchild finds some compelling evidence that a bear might be lurking in the woods. (He) addresses the subject with candor. --The Wall Street Journal
Washington Post Book
According to Rothchild, there's a dark cloud looming behind virtually every silver lining. And to the extent that it can, his book gives investors useful market history to help them cope when the next storm arrives to put the current bull in its place. --The Washington Post Book World
Worth
Rothchild writes crisply and with humor, too...even those investors who don't share his outlook can profit from the reminder that people who get out before market disasters aren't often surrounded by those who share their viewpoint. --Worth
San Diego Union Tribune
An enlightening work that's likely to give investors a bigger scare than a Stephen King novel. Rothchild isn't one of those doom-and-gloom forecasters. He's just hoping to provide some perspective. --The San Diego Union-Tribune
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471197188
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 4/6/1998
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 6.28 (w) x 9.29 (h) x 1.13 (d)

Meet the Author

JOHN ROTHCHILD is the bestselling author of the critically acclaimed A Fool and His Money and Going for Broke, among other books. He has also coauthored, with Peter Lynch, One Up on Wall Street, Beating the Street, and Learn to Earn. A former editor of the Washington Monthly and financial columnist for Time magazine and Fortune, Mr. Rothchild has also written articles for Harpers, Rolling Stone, Esquire, and many other periodicals. He has appeared on The Nightly Business Report, the Today Show, and CNBC.

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Table of Contents

Partial table of contents:

BEARS WILL RISE AGAIN.

Are Stocks Really That Great?

The Case for Cutting and Running.

HOW TO SPOT A BEAR.

Deflating Bears, Inflating Bears.

Are Earnings Overrated?

Early Warning Systems.

WHO'S CRYING BEAR?

The Cassandras.

The Doomsday Best-Seller.

Beware the New Era.

The Bearish Newsletter.

IT'S A BEAR'S WORLD, AFTER ALL.

There's Always a Bear Market Someplace.

The Global Hedge.

BEAR-PROOFING THE PORTFOLIO.

The Bear Busters.

Hiding in Bonds.

Jumping on the Next Bull.

MY MUTUAL FUNDS WILL SAVE ME AND OTHER FALLACIES.

Mutual Misery.

Bear-Friendly Funds.

WINNING FROM LOSING.

The Short Sale Made Simple.

BEAR'S GAZETTE.

Hall of Fame.

Could 1929-That Is, 1932-Happen Again?

Bearish Odds and Ends.

Index.

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