Investor's Manifesto Preparing for Prosperity, Armageddon, and Everything in Between

ISBN-10: 0470505141
ISBN-13: 9780470505144
Edition: 2010
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Description: A proven investment approach that maximizes returns over timeSimply put, investing is a difficult endeavor-especially for those with little professional experience in this arena. Only now, with the market's recent collapse, has this become apparent.  More...

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Book details

List price: $16.99
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Limited
Publication date: 11/20/2009
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 224
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

A proven investment approach that maximizes returns over timeSimply put, investing is a difficult endeavor-especially for those with little professional experience in this arena. Only now, with the market's recent collapse, has this become apparent. With the current market maelstrom as a background, this timely guide describes just how to plan a lifetime of investing, discussing stocks and bonds as well as the relationship between risk and return. Filled with in-depth insights and practical advice, Investing for the Ages will help you understand the nuts and bolts of executing a lifetime investment plan, including: how to survive dealing with the investment industry, the practical meaning of market efficiency, how much to save, how to maintain discipline in the face of panics and manias, and what vehicles to use to achieve financial security and freedom. Written by William J. Bernstein, a leading light in the world of investing Examines how the financial landscape has radically altered in the past two years, and what investors should do about it Contains practical insights that the everyday investor can understand Focuses on the concept of Pascal's Wager-identifying and avoiding worst-case scenariosWith Investing for the Ages as your guide, you'll quickly discover the timeless investment approaches that can put you in a better position to profit over time.

Michael E. Edleson is a Managing Director of Morgan Stanley and oversees the firm's equity risk globally. Prior to that, he was Chief Economist of NASDAQ and a finance professor at Harvard Business School. Edleson earned his PhD at MIT. Includes spreadsheets on a companion Web site: www.wiley.com/go/valueaveraging

Foreword
Preface
A Brief History of Financial Time
In the Beginning
Near-Death in Venice
The Incredible Shrinking Risk Premium
Summary
The Nature of the Beast
Of Ravens and Returns
History versus Math
Mr. Gordon's Curious Equation
Math Detail: The Discounted Dividend Model
Home Sweet Home?
Adventures in Equity
Math Detail: Risk
Throwing Dice with God
Gene Fama Looks for Angles and Finds None
Sandbagged by a Superstar
Jack Bogle Outfoxes the Suits
It Is Better to Be Lucky Than Smart
Bond Funds: A Flatter Playing Field
Summary
The Nature of the Portfolio
Four Essential Preliminaries
The Asset Allocation Two-Step
Math Detail: Mean-Variance Analysis
With Luck, Zigs, and Zags
Chasing Rainbows
Summary
The Enemy in the Mirror
Inner Demons
Behaving Badly
Bargain-Basement Psychotherapy
Summary
Muggers and Worse
The World's Largest Bad Neighborhood
The Fund Funhouse
Summary
Building Your Portfolio
Financial Planning for a Lifetime: The Basics
Saving for Retirement: Nuts and Bolts
How to Save: Dollar Cost Averaging and Value Averaging
Four Investors, Four Plans
The Rebalancing Question
Math Detail: Rebalancing, Momentum, and Mean Reversion
Teach Your Children Well
Summary
The Name of the Game
Investment Theory and History: The Short Course
The Portfolio Theory of Everything
We Have Met the Enemy, and He Is Us
Heads I Win, Tails You Lose
Fire When Ready
The Books You Need...Aged Like Fine Wine
Notes
Acknowledgments
About the Author
Index

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