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  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill; 1 edition (May 8, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071787100
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071787109
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.1 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #629,200 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.


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This is a valuable lesson!
Jeffrey A. Miller
I recommend this book for beginners and professionals alike, because the compilation of the information is so smartly executed.
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A really good book that can be useful for everyone.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Gary Maxwell on 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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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Michael H Hamm on 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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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful By David Merkel on May 1, 2012
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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 By Joshua Brown on April 26, 2012
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey A. Miller on 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

Overview

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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