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The Entrepreneurial Investor will inspire you to treat investing like a business and to think of yourself as an owner. Through solid examples and a light narrative, Paul Orfalea skillfully explores the essence of the entrepreneurial investor, which includes balancing the art and science of this discipline, and viewing investing itself as a business. Along the way, he also examines how the elements of focus, opportunism, and involvement can improve your overall investment ...

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Overview

The Entrepreneurial Investor will inspire you to treat investing like a business and to think of yourself as an owner. Through solid examples and a light narrative, Paul Orfalea skillfully explores the essence of the entrepreneurial investor, which includes balancing the art and science of this discipline, and viewing investing itself as a business. Along the way, he also examines how the elements of focus, opportunism, and involvement can improve your overall investment results.

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"…the notion of looking at each investment through the lens of an entrepreneur and ignoring market noise is a good one." (Financial Times, Tues 26th February 2008)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470227145
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 12/10/2007
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 170
  • Product dimensions: 6.32 (w) x 9.31 (h) x 0.86 (d)

Meet the Author

Paul Orfalea is the founder of Kinko's and cofounder of West Coast Asset Management (WCAM). He holds a business degree from the University of Southern California and has been investing successfully for more than forty years.

Lance Helfert is President and cofounder of WCAM. Previously, he oversaw a $1 billion portfolio at Wilshire Associates. Helfert has a BS in business administration from Pepperdine University.

ATTICUS LOWE is a CFA charterholder and Chief Investment Officer of WCAM. He has a BA ineconomics and business from Westmont College.

Dean Zatkowsky is the former vice president of marketing at WCAM and oversees their newsletter, Exclusive Outlook (please visit www.wcam.com to subscribe). He holds a BA in communication studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

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Table of Contents

Foreword By Neil Cavuto.

Introduction. Is Investing An Art Or A Science?

Part I: Think Like An Owner: The Art of the Entrepreneurial Investor.

Chapter 1: Eyes Believe What They See; Ears Believe Others.

Chapter 2: Others' Irrationality Is Your Opportunity.

Chapter 3: Dirty Harry's Investment Philosophy.

Chapter 4: Adversity In Diversity: Portfolio Concentration.

Chapter 5: Just Buy The Best (Which Does Not Include Most Mutual Funds).

Chapter 6: Inspirational Figures: Benjamin Graham.

Part II: Companies Worth Owning.

Chapter 7: Who Really Manages The Brand? (Hint: It's Not The Company).

Chapter 8: What Makes You So Special?

Chapter 9: Company Culture Is More Important than Ever.

Chapter 10: Bogie & Bergman Explain Elasticity of Demand.

Chapter 11: Red Flags and Roaches.

Chapter 12: Inspirational Figures: David Packard.

Part III: The Owner's Manual.

Chapter 13: Televised Advice: No Worse than Drilling Your Own Teeth.

Chapter 14: Lies, Damned Lies, and Financial Statements.

Chapter 15: How To Be an Annual Report Detective.

Chapter 16: How Inventory Can Skew The Financials.

Chapter 17: Great First Impressions: 10 Signs of a Strong Company.

Chapter 18: Inspirational Figures: Bernard Baruch.

Part IV: What's It Worth—To Me?

Chapter 19: The ABCs Of Market Inefficiency.

Chapter 20: "Wait Till the Moon Is Full".

Chapter 21: Today's Price for Tomorrow's Growth: The X Factor.

Chapter 22: The Long View, and Why Women Are Better Investors.

Chapter 23: Intrinsic Value: Putting It All Together.

Chapter 24: Inspirational Figures: Howard Hughes.

Epilogue: The Fortune Cookie That Ate Wall Street.

About The Authors.

Notice and Disclosures.

Notes.

Index.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 30, 2008

    excellent book

    I recommend this book because it was written with humor, but invaluable information for strategies to view any company that is worth considering your investment. I have rarely read a book that is so packed full of solid business considerations for investing. I especially liked the chapter that gave 10 signs of a strong company.

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