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Abnormal Returns: Winning Strategies from the Frontlines of the Investment Blogosphere [Kindle Edition]

Tadas Viskanta
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Abnormal Returns seeks to demystify investment strategies and help investors find the path that is right for them, and, in so doing, should help investors succeed on the sometimes perilous road to investment success.”
—JAMES P. O’SHAUGHNESSY, author of What Works on Wall Street

“Think of this book as a gift that will save you thousands of hours of research and maybe even more money! A true reference manual on what is important to understand as you try to make smart decisions about your investments.”
—CARL RICHARDS, author of The Behavior Gap

“Tadas lives at the intersection between Wall Street and the Internet, on the bleeding edge of a new world of financial social leverage. If you want to know what the traders and fund managers of the postcrisis 2020 boom think, read Tadas.”
—BARRY RITHOLTZ, author of Bailout Nation and founder of The Big Picture

“Nowhere has this much finance wisdom ever been compiled in such a clear, concise way; the market has a new user’s manual!”
—JOSH BROWN, author of Backstage Wall Street

“[Viskanta’s] blog has been a daily read of mine for the last four years, and in a world where trust matters, he has mine.”
—HOWARD LINDZON, cofounder and CEO of StockTwits

Abnormal Returns will resonate with both traders and investors, from beginner to market wizard . . . it’s that good of a book.”
—MICHAEL MARTIN, author of The Inner Voice of Trading

”Abnormal Returns is mandatory reading at our shop, and it is a daily fi xture of every morning right alongside my coffee and the Wall Street Journal. Tadas’s aggregation and analysis has generated many new avenues for research within our company.”
—MEBANE FABER, CIO, Cambria Investment Management, and author of The Ivy Portfolio

Never trust an investment “guru” who uses phrases like the market will . . . , you must . . . , and I guarantee . . . .

Because a true expert knows that there are no absolutes in markets.

Tadas Viskanta is a true expert. An experienced investor and creator of the popular blog Abnormal Returns, he understands the value of humility when it comes to investing in today’s turbulent global markets. But he also knows that just because you can’t control the markets doesn’t mean you can’t control your own actions—and in Abnormal Returns, he provides a solid foundation in the basic principles for taking a slow, steady, and savvy approach to your financial future.

Viskanta helps you navigate your way through the post-crisis markets by developing a solid investing strategy. His simple truths are timely but have been proven effective through recent history. Sophisticated but simple to understand, Abnormal Returns helps you:

  • Master the fundamentals of risk and return
  • Become an expert on the main asset classes—equities and fi xed income
  • Diversify and allocate your assets to build a solid portfolio
  • Understand how ETFs, alternative assets, and globalization affect how we invest
  • Combat your personal behavioral patterns that lead to poor investing
  • Separate the wheat from the chaff when it comes to the financial media

While the world of investing has become more complex, there has never been a better time to be an individual investor. It is now easier—and cheaper—to invest than ever before. This back-to-basics approach provides the tools you need for ultimate success.

Abnormal Returns doesn’t give you the latest investing trends, ...

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About the Author

Tadas Viskanta is the founder and editor of the financial blog Abnormal Returns, which is often described as a “must-read.” He is a private investor with more than 20 years of professional experience in the financial markets. Viskanta is the coauthor of Country Risk in Global Financial Management and articles in publications such as the Financial Analysts Journal and Journal of Portfolio Management.

Product Details

  • File Size: 454 KB
  • Print Length: 233 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0071787100
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 4 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill; 1 edition (May 8, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007Q120U4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #433,736 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A solid intro to investing April 14, 2012
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Mr. Viskanta caught me by surprise in the Introduction when he states: "Our goals are much more modest. For most investors, investment mediocrity is an eminently achievable and worthy goal." It takes guts to admit upfront that investment mediocrity is the target he will be directing us to. This book covers a lot of investment ground in an entertaining way. He covers areas that one seldom sees in other introduction to investing books. Mr. Viskanta is an excellent writer and provides a summary at the end of each chapter where he restates the main points that he covered. But I don't think that what he has provided the reader with are "winning strategies", not unless winning strategies lead to mediocrity. The book will offer something for most readers but seems to be primarily directed to the beginning investor for whom it will be a thought-provoking read.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good coverage, but very simplistic May 8, 2012
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The book is targeted to the mainstream investors who want a more broad coverage of the current topics of finance.

It is well written, and has included many of his well balanced commentary.

There are no real strong applications of investment management beyond what is widely known to most active investors, but this book is a great start for those who are first making their foray into financial markets.

The abnormal blog is a well curated source of financial information, and I'm definitely a fan of his blogging, and this is a good addition to the author's body of work.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another Book Review from the Aleph Blog May 1, 2012
I consider Tadas Viskanta to be a friend of mine. I write my eclectic blog, and Tadas occasionally features me on his daily curation of the economics/finance/investment blogosphere.

But it is not friendship that leads me to write the following: this is a really good book. Why? Every day, Tadas curates the best thoughts in finance. He finds them, he motivates them, and links to them. If I had just one site to visit everyday, it would be his, not mine. He's really good at finding the best content in finance.

But it goes a step further than that. Tadas is a very good blogger in his own right. It's not that he comes up with new insights, but he is very good at taking the insights of others and weaves them into a greater insight than the separate thoughts of the individuals. He finds themes, and he finds disagreements. Each provides good food for thought.

Now, if Tadas can do this on a daily basis, let's call him the Chief Synthesizer of the economics/finance/investment blogosphere -- then, what happens if he decides to take several steps back, and synthesize the grand themes he has seen in six years of writing his blog.

It's been a violent period, after all. Tadas has been blogging from the peak of residential real estate (October 2005), through the tail of the boom (October 2007), to the bust (March 2009), to the present. He keeps it relevant, and he doesn't take sides, which allows him to source the best content better.

So as he synthesizes the themes of the last six or seven years, he comes down to really basic ideas for each chapter: Risk, Return, Stocks, Bonds, Portfolio Management, Does Active Investing Work, ETFs, Global Investing, Alternative Assets, Behavioral Finance, Using Media, and the Lost Decade.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
There are thousands of books on investing and finance in the world and of these, a hundred or so are must-reads - classics containing elemental wisdom that never gets stale or falls into disuse.

There are hundreds of thousands of news articles about the stock market and the economy published every month from hundreds of different media sources, from native online publications to decades-old market magazines to global media empires to national newspapers.

There are tens of thousands of finance-related blog posts on the web each month by traders, professional and amateur investors, analysts, bankers, bloggers, hedge fund managers and everyone in-between.

Some of these posts and articles and books are authored by guys in their living rooms and some by global strategists at trillion-dollar firms, some by anonymous posters and others by asset managers writing to make a name for themselves. They concern everything from evergreen, age-old investing wisdom to ultra-current trends in the marketplace, everything from the post-World War II economy to the hottest new trade on The Street.

But who could possibly keep up? With all of this incredible content and insight, it's a virtual certainty that we'll miss out on something important - crucial even! But there is only so much time in the day and with each new sunrise comes a fresh-baked clutch of brand new blogs and stories and books and tweets - an embarrassment of riches that forces us to forget about what we may have missed yesterday and last week and the Tuesday before last.

But what if someone had read every one of those timeless books, all of the articles that were published every day for more than five years and had categorized and highlighted each and every key blog post over that time period?
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Must-Read Book for Investors and Traders January 16, 2013
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[also published on my blog -- A Dash of Insight.

I always read extensively, and in the past I have provided pointers to the best sources for investors. This year has been hectic on many fronts, and I have been negligent in passing on my conclusions.

In an effort to catch up, I want to focus on a few books that I regard as especially important for the individual investor. This is a time of year when many people are re-examining their methods and decisions. The books that I will highlight will provide a toolkit for your efforts.

If Santa did not leave the right investment books in your (over-sized) stocking, you need to take matters into your own hands!

The first suggestion is --
Abnormal Returns: Winning Strategies from the Frontlines of the Investment Blogosphere


A great book is effective for readers at many levels. This is a special challenge in the investment world, but the author has delivered.

Novices will learn concepts that are totally new;
Intermediates will advance their game, looking more deeply at the possible mistakes (Ch 5 is a good example);
Advanced traders will polish up key concepts and sources;
And even the experts will find a few gems to consider, perhaps mostly in examining their own biases.

This is a book that you will read to learn and re-read whenever issues arise. It should be on your bookshelf, as it is on mine.

What I Personally Liked Best

Chapter 11 -- Smarter Media Consumption -- is crucial. This is the author at his very best. Readers will learn about noise, excessive attention to headlines, finding the right experts and evidence, and why everyone "talks his book" when on TV.
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