The Little Book of Market Myths: How to Profit by Avoiding the Investing Mistakes Everyone Else Makes

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Everybody knows that a strong dollar equals a strong economy,bonds are safer than stocks, stocks are more volatile now andstop-losses are a smart, money-saving tactic . . . right?

These are just a few widely believed but potentially dangerousmarket myths New York Times and Wall Street Journalbestselling author Ken Fisher dismantles in this wise, informative,wholly entertaining new book.

As a long-term Forbes columnist and CEO of a global ...

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Overview

Everybody knows that a strong dollar equals a strong economy,bonds are safer than stocks, stocks are more volatile now andstop-losses are a smart, money-saving tactic . . . right?

These are just a few widely believed but potentially dangerousmarket myths New York Times and Wall Street Journalbestselling author Ken Fisher dismantles in this wise, informative,wholly entertaining new book.

As a long-term Forbes columnist and CEO of a global moneymanagement firm managing tens of billions for high-net-worthindividuals and institutions, Ken knows a thing or two about whatworks and what's bunk when it comes to investing wisdom.

Bringing together some of Ken's best myth debunking and marketsleuthing of the past twenty-five years, in an easy-to-digest,bite-sized format, The Little Book of Market Myths exposessome of the most common—and deadly—myths investors swearby. And he demonstrates why subscribing to the rule-of-thumbapproach to investing could prevent you from reaching yourlong-term investing goals.

But this book is more than just a list of myths. One afteranother, Ken takes each commonly held belief or "surefire" strategyand explains why the myth persists, why it doesn't work and justhow damaging it can be to your financial health. And each chapteris a primer on how you can apply the same "debunking" tacticsyourself, now and for the rest of your investing time horizon.

Whether you're a novice investor or a longtime veteran, thisbook arms you with priceless insights to help you identify majorerrors you may be committing and help you see the worldclearer—so you can improve your investing results.

Fun, insightful, at times, irreverent, The Little Book ofInvesting Myths offers vivid proof of the old adage "the truthshall set you free"—to increase the odds you achieve yourlong-term investing goals

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781118445013
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 1/29/2013
  • Series: Little Books. Big Profits Series , #56
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 791,897
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 7.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

KEN FISHER is best known for his prestigious "PortfolioStrategy" column in Forbes magazine, where his over 28-yeartenure of high-profile calls makes him the fourth longest-runningcolumnist in Forbes's 90-plus-year history. He is thefounder, Chairman and CEO of Fisher Investments, an independentglobal money management firm managing tens of billions forindividuals and institutions globally. Fisher is ranked #271 on the2012 Forbes 400 list of richest Americans and #764 on the 2012Forbes Global Billionaire list. In 2010, Investment Advisormagazine named him among the 30 most influential individuals of thelast three decades. Fisher has authored numerous professional andscholarly articles, including the award-winning "Cognitive Biasesin Market Forecasting." He has also published nine previous books,including national bestsellers The Only Three Questions ThatCount, The Ten Roads to Riches, How to Smell a Rat, Debunkeryand Markets Never Forget (But People Do), all published byWiley. Fisher has been published, interviewed and/or written aboutin many major American, British and German finance or businessperiodicals. He has a weekly column in Focus Money,Germany's leading weekly finance and business magazine.

LARA HOFFMANS is Vice President of Content at FisherInvestments, managing editor of MarketMinder.com, a regularcontributor to Forbes.com and coauthor of the bestsellers, TheOnly Three Questions That Count, The Ten Roads to Riches, How toSmell a Rat, Debunkery and Markets Never Forget (But PeopleDo).

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Table of Contents

Preface ix

Chapter One Bonds Are Safer Than Stocks 1

Chapter Two Asset Allocation Short-Cuts 17

Chapter Three Volatility and Only Volatility 27

Chapter Four More Volatile Than Ever 37

Chapter Five The Holy Grail—Capital Preservation andGrowth 49

Chapter Six The GDP–Stock Mismatch Crash 55

Chapter Seven 10% Forever! 67

Chapter Eight High Dividends for Sure Income 75

Chapter Nine The Perma-Superiority of Small-Cap Value 83

Chapter Ten Wait Until You’re Sure 93

Chapter Eleven Stop-Losses Stop Losses 105

Chapter Twelve High Unemployment Kills Stocks 113

Chapter Thirteen Over-Indebted America 131

Chapter Fourteen Strong Dollar, Strong Stocks 153

Chapter Fifteen Turmoil Troubles Stocks 161

Chapter Sixteen News You Can Use 171

Chapter Seventeen Too Good to Be True 181

Notes 191

Acknowledgments 201

About the Authors 205

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