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Smarter Investing Simpler Decisions for Better Results

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ISBN-10: 0273722077

ISBN-13: 9780273722076

Edition: 2nd 2009

Authors: Tim Hale

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Book details

List price: $22.99
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Pearson Education, Limited
Publication date: 9/17/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.298
Language: English

Publisher's acknowledgements
Author's acknowledgements
What should I do with my money?
Some eye-openers to get you thinking
How this book will help you
How this book works
A few points to note
Smarter investing basics
Simplifying the confusion
Choices, choices, choices
How did we get here?
Battling for investors' money
Reducing confusion and complexity
Covering the basics
What is smarter investing?
Ten points of focus for smarter investors
The two distinct phases of investing
There are no perfect answers
Summary: smarter investing basics
It only takes a minute
Twenty tips for smarter investing
Smarter thinking
Get smart - find your philosophy
Don't be a loser
The foundations of your philosophy
The path to establishing your philosophy
Can active managers win?
Do a few managers outperform over time?
Can you identify them in advance?
Don't just take my word for it
Summarising what you now know
A personal philosophy
Your investment philosophy rules
Get smart - manage your emotions
You are your own worst enemy
Challenges to decision-making
Thirteen questions for you to answer
Ms. Rational versus Mr. Irrational
Wise words to leave you with
Behavioural rules and tips
Building smarter portfolios
Understanding your emotional risk tolerance
What is your risk profile?
Why is it so important?
Exploring your risk profile
The process from here
Sorting out your goals
Well thought-out goals underpin success
Five steps in defining your goals
Basic financial survival goals
A working example
Useful calculations
Summary: investment goals
Smarter risk taking
2008 - a violent introduction to risks
The cost of capital
Focusing on market risk
The risks and rewards of being a lender
The risks and rewards of being an owner
Therefore, risk choices are fortunately limited
Smarter portfolio construction
The portfolio building process
Construction goals and approach
Deciding on the asset class menu
Ground rules for the growth portfolio
Building your growth-oriented portfolio return engine
Building a robust defensive asset mix
Portfolios along the risk spectrum
Smarter portfolio choice
Understanding and using the matrix
Smarter Portfolio insights
An insight into key asset classes
The thrills and spills of equities
Voting machine v. weighing machine
An insight into equity market returns
Developed equity market returns
Emerging market equities
Value (less financially healthy) companies
Smaller companies
In summary - equity asset classes
Commercial property - a diversifier
Commodity futures - a bit esoteric
Defensive assets
Key asset classes excluded
Summary of asset class assumptions
Smarter implementation
Hire an advisor or do it yourself
Hiring an advisor
What attributes will a leading advisor have?
Checklist for finding a leading wealth advisory firm
The do-it-yourself option
Don't forget about tax
Smarter product choices
The serendipity of index-fund investing
Choosing your market index
Product structures
Selecting the best passively managed index funds and ETFs
Passive providers
A possible shortlist - caveat emptor!
Using active funds (if you must)
Costs - what a drag
Why do we throw our money away?
More than just management fees
Summary: costs - what a drag
Standing firm on index funds
Common put-downs
Bond investing: active or index?
Summary: favour index strategies
What about future equity returns?
Summary: the thrills and spills of equities
Insightful books
Data-oriented books
Asset allocation software
Additional sources