Until retiring in 1990, Lynch ( One Up on Wall Street ) was manager of the spectacularly successful Fidelity Magellan Fund. Here he recalls with self-deprecating humor and disarming candor how he went about choosing winning stocks (and missing a few) for the $12 billion fund, which, during one five-year period in the 1980s, earned investors a 300% return. Lynch strongly favors stocks over other investment vehicles but insists that ``investigative'' research into a corporation's prospects, including credit checks and visits to the firm's installations, is essential. ``Focus on companies, not the stocks,'' he stresses, adding that on this basis limited partnerships, banks and even S & Ls can be sound investments. Lynch's reputation and business writer Rothchild's deft touch should yield big sales for this inside story. Major ad/promo; first serial to Money magazine; BOMC and Fortune Book Club alternates; author tour. (Mar.)
Lynch is the master stock picker who led Magellan (until May 1990) to its position as America's biggest mutual fund. In One Up on Wall Street (Simon & Schuster, 1989), also written with Rothchild, he described his winning methods. Here, he provides a few more elaborations and 21 ``Peter's principles.'' Some are overly clever, e.g., being first in line is a great idea except on the edge of a cliff. Lynch takes three chapters to explain how he ``done it good'' at Magellan. One valuable chapter details methods for picking a mutual fund from the thousands available, but most of the book is devoted to demonstrating his research into picking the 21 stocks he recommended in the January 1992 Barron's roundtable. Still, since the average investor will not get to talk to the CEO or visit the company in person, maybe we should all just buy Lynch's recommendations each year. A tossup. Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 11/1/92.-- Alex Wenner, Indiana Univ. Libs., Bloomington
Until he resigned two years ago, Lynch had been manager for 13 years of the Magellan Fund, the world's largest mutual fund. He had also recently written a best-selling investment book, "One Up on Wall Street" (1989), in which he tried to show that the average small investor actually had an advantage over professional portfolio managers. He now reiterates that claim, demonstrating how a group of seventh-grade students was able to out-perform the market. He also documents his assertion that the stock market is by far the most profitable way to invest money. Lynch is a member of the closely followed "Barron's" roundtable, a panel of investment experts, and he details his philosophy by explaining the rationale for each of his 22 selections to the roundtable's 1992 portfolio. In a departure from his previous emphasis on selecting individual companies, he also suggests strategies for choosing mutual funds. Lynch again uses the assistance of writer and former "Washington Monthly" editor John Rothchild, but his advice comes across as laid-back and personal. An alternate selection for both "Fortune" Book Club and the Book-of-the-Month Club, "Beating the Street" is certain to follow on Lynch's earlier success.