The stock of a steel company rises 700 percent in just over a year. The currency of an emerging country plunges 50 percent in a week and wipes out billions of dollars from the accounts of North American investors. The margin deposit on a futures contract increases ten - fold in less than three months. These are just a few examples of some opportunities for gains and losses that financial markets can generate. Some investors have turned the gyrations of financial markets into fortunes - a couple of high - profile names being Warren Buffett and John Maynard Keynes. Many other investors, unfortunately, end up like Isaac Newton, who after losing a bundle on the stock of the South Sea Company, exclaimed: ''I can calculate the motions of the heavenly bodies, but not the madness of people.'' Outperform the Market presents a series of case studies that describe situations in financial markets where the opportunity for significant gains or losses has been present. The insights that emerge will help every investor - whether beginner or experienced pro - to better assess future financial possibilities. Using U.S., U.K., and Canadian financial markets, Larry MacDonald illustrates various investment approaches. Chapters include: Fundamental Analysis, Technical Analysis, Cyclical Stocks, Growth - by - Acquisition Stocks, Growth - by - Geography Stocks, Growth - by - Product Stocks, Turnaround Situations, Niche Companies, Short Selling, Market Cor - rections, Profitting from Economic Crises, and Opportunites in the Next Decade.