The Investor's Anthology: Original Ideas from the Industry's Greatest Minds

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In what feels like a series of personal audiences, Warren Buffett, John Templeton and dozens of others share the experiences of lifetimes in the market. Reach into this jewel box of an anthology and you will come up with gems of wit, wisdom, and analysis that reflect a unique combination of experience and insight in the essential elements that investing, like life itself, requires.
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Overview

In what feels like a series of personal audiences, Warren Buffett, John Templeton and dozens of others share the experiences of lifetimes in the market. Reach into this jewel box of an anthology and you will come up with gems of wit, wisdom, and analysis that reflect a unique combination of experience and insight in the essential elements that investing, like life itself, requires.
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Editorial Reviews

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"One of the best analogies I have read..." (Esquire, April 2002)
Edward C. Johnson II
The stock market represents everything that anybody has ever hoped, feared, hated, or loved. It is all of life.
Warren E. Buffett
Every investor will benefit from the classics found in this volume.
Steven G. Einhorn
This book is must reading for anyone interested in investing. It contains everything one would expect in a great book — wisdom, insight, historical perspective, and wit.
Byron R. Wien
Ideas change the world and this book enables you to observe the key moments in investment thinking over the past 200 years. If having clear perspective improves investment performance, reading and understanding this book will help you make better decisions.
John B. Neff
Now—at last—an opportunity for individual investors to sample the writing of the outstanding investors of our time, carefully crafted by Charley Ellis.
John C. Bogle
From A-B-C (Hans Christian Andersen, Warren Buffett, Philip Carret to Z (Arthur Zeikel . . . eternal wisdom about the financial markets, compiled by one of the most astute minds in the field. A 'must read' for the serious investor.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471416166
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/28/2001
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 9.14 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Meet the Author

Charles D. Ellis served 28 years as Managing Partner of Greenwich Associates. He has taught courses in investment management at Harvard Business School and Yale School of Management; served as a trustee on the investment committees of Phillips Exeter Academy, Yale University, and the Whitehead Institute; and was chairman of the Association for Investment Management and Research (AIMR).

James R. Vertin was the founding manager and Chief Investment Officer of Wells Fargo Investment Advisors, which grew to be Barclays Global Investors, one of the world's largest investment firms. He has long served as a leader in the investment profession's organization.
Jim and Charley have enjoyed over 30 years of friendship and have produced two other books together, including Wall Street People (Wiley).

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Table of Contents

The Market and Prices 3
Growth Companies vs. Growth Stocks 4
The Crowd: A Study of the Popular Mind 6
An Informal History of Interest Rates 13
Common Stock Commandments 25
Evaluation by the Rule of Present Worth 31
Long-Term Investing 33
You Only Have to Get Rich Once 38
How Fiat Money Inflation Came to France 40
U.S. Equity Returns from Colonial Times to the Present 51
No Tears for "The Market" 57
A Persistent Delusion 60
When to Sell - and When Not To 62
Three Ways to Succeed as an Investor 72
The Value of Patience 74
Human Foibles 77
On the Threat of Change 79
Mistakes of the First 25 Years 82
Mr. Market, Investment Success, and You 87
Diversification of Investments 90
Investment Strategy 93
Contrary Opinion in Stock Market Techniques 95
How Mr. Womack Made a Killing 103
Everybody Ought to Be Rich 106
If Freud Were a Portfolio Manager 110
High Finance or the Point of Vanishing Interest 113
Seven Rules for Investors 119
The Day They Red-Dogged Motorola 124
There Are Only Three Ways to Get Rich 130
The Emperor's New Clothes 132
Proof That Properly Anticipated Prices Fluctuate Randomly 139
A New Paradigm for Portfolio Risk 143
How True Are the Tried Principles? 151
A New Theory of Risk Measurement 155
Timing Considerations in Investment Policy 158
Inflation and Pensions 161
The Loser's Game 167
The Big Bull Market and the Crash 181
The Tulipmania 187
Second Thoughts about the Tulipmania 193
Too Many Freds 198
Catastrophe 203
Of the Private Cheats Used to Deceive One Another 224
No Crash, But a Bull Market 229
Regressing to the Mean 233
Likely Gains from Market Timing 237
You Need More Than Numbers to Measure Performance 240
Higgledy Piggledy Growth 243
Futility of Stock Market Guessing 246
Picking "Growth" Stocks 248
The Paradox 253
The State of Long-Term Expectation 260
Barnum's Rules for Success in Business 267
The Time-Tested Maxims of the Templeton Touch 272
On Speculating Successfully 275
What I Learned from the Depression 279
The Roy Neuberger Almanac 281
Characteristics for Success as Aggressive Investors 284
Name Index 289
Subject Index 293
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