The Power Curve: Smart Investing Using Dividends, Options, and the Magic of Compounding

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The Power Curve reveals the important and effective techniques, tools, and strategies that you need to manage your investments in the most optimal way possible. In this straightforward and accessible guide to making your money work for you, successful money manager Scott G. Kyle examines the art and science of smart investing, showing you how to immediately profit from a strategy that uses dividends, compounding, and sophisticated options-trading systems to obtain superior returns on your investments.

The Power Curve

Shows why dividends and compounding matter

Explains options-trading techniques that will benefit you no matter what the market does

Analyzes real-life examples of investing opportunities

Provides tips on how to construct your portfolio, value equities, and make well-informed decisions on position sizing

Contains more than sixty charts and diagrams that effectively illustrate financial concepts

Defines complex financial terms and concepts in an easy-to-understand glossary

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What People Are Saying

Michael Steelman
"My hat is off to Scott G. Kyle for presenting an investment strategy that is definable, measurable, repeatable and without emotion! This book offers an independent, objective, and unbiased approach to managing money the right way. The Power Curve offers a complete roadmap to beating the market that should be required reading for every professional and amateur looking to get in the game. This book will be by my side always as a guide to managing money—not just a one and done read."—(Michael Steelman, Director, Bank of America)
Sam Kerner
"A powerful read that entertains as it teaches. Scott G. Kyle has a talent for taking complex investment strategies and bringing them down to earth. For those who have always wanted to know, step by step, how to potentially enhance returns by combining powerful options techniques with high quality dividend paying stocks, this is your lucky day. Keep this book on a shelf within easy reach."—(Sam Kerner, CFA, Portfolio Manager, Franklin Advisory Services, LLC)
Jon Sundt
"If you invest in stocks, read this book. Scott has delivered no-nonsense, practical and easy to understand tools for any investor. As Scott teaches in the book, options and dividends are powerful tools all investors should understand."—(Jon Sundt, President, Altegris Investments)
Hudson B. Drake
"Scott G. Kyle's book was, for me, a compelling and very satisfying book on a complex subject. I was surprised at how much useful information was contained in a mere 250 pages! I have read a number of books and articles on investing. Kyle's use of timely examples, graphics and straightforward style was very helpful. I learned more from his book than all the others I have read combined."—(Hudson B. Drake, President (retired), Teledyne Aerospace and Electronics)
Mark Sottosanti
"The Power Curve is an excellent read for investors who have the desire and ability to take their portfolio management to the next level by leveraging dividends and options strategies to balance income, capital gains and risk control. Perhaps even more valuable, the book succinctly identifies the factors that cause most investors to underperform the market, and gives no-nonsense advice on how to eliminate common money-losing behaviors. Throughout the book, Scott Kyle uses his hard-won experience in investing as well as other pursuits to tell a story which ties the concepts together and makes for an enjoyable and informative read."—(Mark Sottosanti, Grunion Capital Management LLC)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780977801824
  • Publisher: Nautilus Press CA
  • Publication date: 7/15/2009
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 626,097
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface ix

Chapter 1 The Importance and Power of Compounding 1

Chapter 2 The Role of Dividends in Equity Returns 6

Chapter 3 Fundamental Analysis, Equity Valuation, and Other Stock Selection Criteria 20

Chapter 4 Keeping your Options Open 44

Chapter 5 Optimizing Options 93

Chapter 6 Constructing a Portfolio: Risk Controls, Idea Generation, Position Sizing, and Other Relevant Parameters 133

Chapter 7 On Becoming a Great Trader and Investor 162

Chapter 8 Moving Up the Experience Curve: Using a Journal and Other Exercises 183

Acknowledgments 207

Additional Resources 209

Glossary 213

Index 229

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  • Posted August 10, 2012

    Worth buying!

    I’ve read a few other books on investing, namely a couple motley fools and one Harvard review book, and this one was by far the most interesting. A good portion of the book deals with options but it also covers individual stock selection and how to analyze the fundamentals of a company using various ratios and balance sheet analysis−and like others have mentioned there’s a bunch of graphs and charts explaining the effects of compounding with reinvested vs non-reinvested dividends, growth trends, options analysis, etc. I enjoyed the examples of tech companies in the 90’s and early 2000’s, like Yahoo, that grew at an exponential rate during the internet boom but soon couldn’t sustain the intense rate of growth. I was astounded after reading the percentage of internet companies that ended up going bankrupt after this period. Overall I highly recommend this book – it’s short and precise, definitely worth a read.

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  • Posted August 7, 2012

    A Simple Guide to Options, Dividends, Investing, etc.

    As an undergrad student studying Business, I get only some exposure to the finance industry. This book took a practical approach to investing and I found it pretty suitable for an average individual like myself who lacks a lot of investment experience. Personally, using options is among the most complex investing strategies, however the diagrams, graphs, and Power Tips in the book helped to simplify even this most challenging topic. The author seemed to offset the complexities of investing with amusing analogies, humor, and some very valuable insight from his 20+ years of investment experience. I would definitely recommend giving this book a read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2012

    Definitely worth reading!!

    Finally finished reading this book after two weeks and it's safe to say that I've learned the most out of all the articles and books I've seen on the internet. I don't typically write reviews but thought this one was warranted. I think what I was mostly impressed with was all the detailed explanations combined with life analogies and references which I found imperative for such complicated material. This book is sure to teach you more than what you need to know about investing, using dividends, and the kicker - options making it in enjoyable, learning experience. Definitely worth reading!

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  • Posted February 6, 2012

    Must Read, Highly Informative

    I just finished reading this book and found it to be a potent yet simple overview on investing in the stock market. Whether you are a novice, day-trader, or career investor, the book holds information that you need. The use of anecdotes, metaphors, and humor make this otherwise dense subject a more interesting read. All of the information contained is useful, however the section concerning dividends, both their uses and benefits, is really what sets TPC apart from all other investing books I’ve read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 18, 2010

    A Useful and Insightful Read

    As a Finance major, I was familiar with investing techniques. Once I read The Power Curve, I went from being "familiar" to really understanding the importance and power of trading options to optimize my portfolio. This book made me feel ready and very prepared to start flourishing my own investments. The best thing about this read is how useful it is, and unlike most "finance" books, it is enjoyable and easy to read!

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  • Posted January 11, 2010

    Highly recommended!

    I loved this book. I've read a lot of books about investing, but this was the first to explain to me how to use options to optimize my portfolio in a practical way. It touches on theory just enough for me to be comfortable options, without having to be a mathematician to get it. It was much shorter than some of the other books I have read in the past (only 200 pages), but was way more useful. I highly recommend The Power Curve if you want to trade options.

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    Posted June 24, 2012

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