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Most Important Thing Uncommon Sense for the Thoughtful Investor

ISBN-10: 0231153686
ISBN-13: 9780231153683
Edition: 2011
Authors: Howard Marks
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Description: Chairman and cofounder of Oaktree Capital Management, Howard Marks has been linked to Warren Buffett for his lucid assessments of market opportunities and risks. His memos to clients have long been consulted by the world's leading value investors.  More...

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Book details

List price: $25.00
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 5/17/2011
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 200
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

Chairman and cofounder of Oaktree Capital Management, Howard Marks has been linked to Warren Buffett for his lucid assessments of market opportunities and risks. His memos to clients have long been consulted by the world's leading value investors. Now he brings his insightful commentary and investment philosophy to everyone. Informed by a lifetime of experience and study, Marks helps readers understand the keys to investment success and how to avoid the pitfalls that can destroy capital or ruin a career. Utilizing passages from his memos to illustrate his ideas, he teaches by example. Part memoir, part creed, the book shows the development of an investment philosophy that fully acknowledges the complexities of investing and the perils of the financial world. Marks's insight applies brilliantly to today's markets, supplying many broad takeaways for both the amateur and seasoned investor. Marks expounds on such concepts as "second-level thinking," the price/value relationship, patient opportunism, and defensive investing. His frank and honest assessment of his own decisions& -and occasional missteps& -provides valuable lessons on critical thinking, risk assessment, and investment strategy. Marks encourages investors to be "contrarian," to judge market cycles wisely, and to achieve returns through aggressive yet measured action. Which is the most essential element? Successful investing requires thoughtful attention to many separate aspects. Each of the subjects Marks covers is the most important thing.

Introduction
The Most Important Thing Is…
Second-Level Thinking
Understanding Market Efficiency (and Its Limitations)
Value
The Relationship Between Price and Value
Understanding Risk
Recognizing Risk
Controlling Risk
Being Attentive to Cycles
Awareness of the Pendulum
Combating Negative Influences
Contrarianism
Finding Bargains
Patient Opportunism
Knowing What You Don't Know
Having a Sense for Where We Stand
Appreciating the Role of Luck
Investing Defensively
Avoiding Pitfalls
Adding Value
Pulling It All Together

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