Yes, You Can Time the Market!by Ben Stein, Phil DeMuth
"‘Buy and hold’ makes sense for the average investor in stocks. Even better, say Stein and DeMuth, is to buy only when prices are low and hold when prices are high, keeping accumulating savings in Treasuries while waiting for ‘low’ prices. They define ‘low’ and ‘high’ prices by historical experience. An
"‘Buy and hold’ makes sense for the average investor in stocks. Even better, say Stein and DeMuth, is to buy only when prices are low and hold when prices are high, keeping accumulating savings in Treasuries while waiting for ‘low’ prices. They define ‘low’ and ‘high’ prices by historical experience. An interesting and thoughtful analysis."
Professor Milton Friedman
University of Chicago, Nobel Prize in Economic Science, 1976
"Wall Street, prepare yourself. Ben and Phil hit the nail on the head with their insightful guide to investing. No gimmicks, no games, just tapping the true power of economics to make sensible investment decisions. Add to that the authors’ dry wit, and this handbook is a must-read for investors small and large."
Diane C. Swonk
Director of Economics, Chief Economist, Senior Vice President, Bank One Corporation
"The logic and reasoning are persuasive. Stein and DeMuth buttress them with evidence, lots of it. The term ‘valuable’ properly applies to the guidance of the conclusions."
C. Lowell Harriss
Professor Emeritus of Economics, Columbia University
"How refreshing to read commonsense advice about the stock market! Stein and DeMuth’s findings are both verifiable and free of quantitative trickery. What’s more, their writing is as clear and straightforward as the methods they recommend."
author, It Was a Very Good Year: Extraordinary Moments in Stock Market History
Stein may be known for the droll sense of humor he exhibits on his Comedy Central show, Win Ben Stein's Money, but it is hardly evident in this straightforward investment guide. Writing with coauthor DeMuth, an investment adviser, the former Nixon speechwriter counters the "conventional wisdom" that investors cannot time (or predict) their investment decisions to maximize profits. The authors cite a number of technical factors - e.g., Tobin's Q, price/earnings, dividend yield, price to cash flow, and price to sale - to show that careful study of these metrics demonstrates that some times are better than others for going into the market or buying a particular stock. They also show that protestations to the contrary, the "street" frequently times the market. Eighty tables and graphs are used to buttress their case. Stein's popularity and the use of his face on the book's cover may draw readers beyond the usual investment crowd, though some may find this joke-free treatment a bit too technical. Still, it is a competently written, well-argued case for a sensible investment approach and is quite suitable for academic and larger public libraries. — Patrick J. Brunet, Western Wisconsin Technology Coll., La Crosse. (Library Journal, May 1, 2003)
"...it's readable, coherent, sensible, good-natured..." (Barron's, May 26, 2003)
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Diane C. Swonk
Director of Economics, Chief Economist
Senior Vice President, Bank One Corporation <%COMM_TEXT%>The logic and reasoning are persuasive. Stein and DeMuth buttress them with evidence, lots of it. The term 'valuable' properly applies to the guidance of the conclusions.
Meet the Author
BEN STEIN, host of Comedy Central’s Emmy Award—winning game show Win Ben Stein’s Money, is a Renaissance man for the new millennium. An economist and humorist, investor, lawyer, and actor, Stein has successfully balanced a professional life that encompasses his many diverse interests. He is the author of several books on finance and his essays and columns have appeared in such publications as The Wall Street Journal, Barron’s, Forbes, the American Spectator, Los Angeles magazine, New York magazine, and the Washington Post.
PHIL DeMUTH is an investment advisor and PhD psychologist who has a longstanding interest in the stock market and has written for The Wall Street Journal and Barron’s, as well as Human Behavior and Psychology Today. His opinions have been quoted on TheStreet.com and in Fortune magazine.
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