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Everything You Need to Know to Make Money In Bull and Bear Markets

Market experts regularly sing the praises of the revered buy-and-hold strategy, a winning approach in bull markets. But where are those experts when regularly occurring bear markets maul investors' portfolios? In fact, where were you during the most recent collapse, in 2000-2002, when investors who blindly followed the buy-and-hold method were forced to stand-and-watch as years of investment profits were rapidly erased?

Probably holding and praying. So much for the experts.

All About Market Timing provides easy-to-implement market-timing strategies designed to help you ride bull markets while sidestepping bear markets. Built around a handful of mechanical, time-tested strategies, this long-overdue book flies in the face of the experts and their "advice" to show you how relatively easy it can be to keep your portfolio growing as other investors get crushed in every bear stampede.

The number-one key to investing is to preserve your capital. Let All About Market Timing show you how to do just that, by turning your back on the always risky--and oftentimes lethal--buy-and-hold approach.

Read All About Market Timing to learn more about:

  • Five profitable timing strategies
  • Increased portfolio returns using leveraged funds
  • Why ETFs are better than stocks
  • Market-timing newsletters and advisors
  • Reliable timing software
  • And much more

Leslie N. Masonson is president of Cash Management Resources, a financial consulting firm. A popular speaker, Masonson has authored four books, including Day Trading on the Edge.

About the Author

Les Masonson is president of Cash Management Resources, a cash/treasury management consulting firm, and the author of numerous books, including Day Trading on the Edge.

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Product Details

  • Series: All About Series
  • Paperback: 246 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill; 1 edition (October 3, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071413316
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071413312
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.7 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,762,344 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Leslie N. Masonson, MBA, CCM, is President of Cash Management Resources, a financial consulting firm that he founded in 1987. Masonson's 40-year working career has spanned financial advisory services, trading, investing, banking operations, management, teaching, and cash/treasury management consulting. Most recently, for the past six years he was a Financial Advisor offering investment management services to retail clients. Much earlier in his career, he worked at three large banks for a total of 17 years as a Vice President at Citibank, an Assistant Vice President at Bank of America, and an Assistant Secretary at Irving Trust Company.

He has written more than 50 articles - interviews with traders, and product and book reviews - for numerous financial publications, including Technical Analysis of Stocks & Commodities, Active Trader, and Futures magazine. He has lectured on investing on several cruise lines including Crystal, Celebrity, and Norwegian. In November 2003, he spoke at the Intershow Online Investor's Expo, on "Successfully Trading Stocks for a Living."

Masonson has been studying the stock market for more than 50 years. He has invested in mutual funds, stocks, options, futures, and commodities. Masonson has read more than 500 books on investing and trading, and he is proficient in technical analysis. He has used many investing and trading software programs over the years, including Telescan, OmniTrader, DTN, TradeStation, ULTRA, VectorVest, and High Growth Stock Investing, as well as many charting, investing, and trading sites on the Internet.

He has been interviewed on business radio stations, as well on cable TV on the Financial News Network and CNBC. The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Institutional Investor, Bottom Line/Business, Inc., Las Vegas Review-Journal, and Advertising Age have interviewed him. He has previously authored the following books: All About Market Timing: The Easy Way to Get Started, (McGraw-Hill, November 2003 and translated into Chinese in February 2010), Day Trading On The Edge: A Look-Before-You-Leap Guide to Extreme Investing, (AMACOM, 2000), Cash Cash Cash: The Three Principles of Business Survival and Success, (HarperBusiness, 1990), Corporate Cash Management: Techniques and Analysis, (Dow-Jones Irwin, 1985. Coedited with Frank Fabozzi), and the Corporate Treasury Management Manual (A.S. Pratt & Sons, 1998. Editor and Contributor).

Masonson received a BBA in Finance and Investments from The City College of New York and an MBA in Operations Research from Bernard M. Baruch College. His master's thesis title was "Statistical Evaluation of the Relative Strength Concept of Common Stock Selection."

Customer Reviews

I strongly recommend this book to amateur and professional investors.
Robert
Author Leslie Masonson has written a financial book on a series of relatively simple, yet highly effective technical timing techniques.
Gary A. Mudre
His thesis is laid out in a simple, concise and logical manner in thirteen very layered and structured chapters.
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53 of 55 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 31, 2003
Format: Paperback
If you're already a market veteran then there is nothing new here. Seasonals, presidential cycle, valueline 4% with some variations, and moving average systems. He briefly mentions sentiment and breadth indicators but doesn't go into their use. If you're new to market timing then this is a good cliff notes on the well known timing systems.
My biggest disappointment was that there was no new or original work here. The results of the systems and their variations were not always in the same format making comparisons difficult. It should have been more consistent.
If you're familiar with Yale Hirsch, Sy Harding and the VL 4% model then this is a waste. If you want to get up to speed on market timing then it is a worthwhile book and has a good reference section.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Robert on October 18, 2003
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I have been a trader for years, actively trading well over a 100,000 shares a day, while managing a substantial portfolio. I have read most of the "I have a winning stock market strategy for you" books over the past several years. Aside from a handful they all were relatively disappointing. I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised by this, "Market Timing", book. Many of the, "Market Strategy" books I have read require the investor to spend an unrealistic amount of time managing their investments and require them to have an in depth understanding of the stock market. I found much of the information to be eye opening and enlightening, even for a professional, and the strategies quite useful. If the author's goal was to provide investors with a No Nonsense perspective of the market and strategies to increase their total return while significantly decreasing their risk over the long term, then mission accomplished. I strongly recommend this book to amateur and professional investors.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Gary A. Mudre on January 8, 2006
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Author Leslie Masonson has written a financial book on a series of relatively simple, yet highly effective technical timing techniques. His presentation of subject matter is logically organized and concise, which makes reading the material enjoyable. He makes an effective case against the "random walk" theory without spending half the book on it. Instead, he reviews specific trading techniques in detail. Yet you do not need a mathematics degree in order to implement them. The most valuable part of the book is the detailed list of market-timing resources, which include newsletters, advisors, web sites, software, etc. I have personally dealt with some of these individuals, and find his comments about them to be fair and insightful.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 1, 2004
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I have been an individual investor for over 25 years, utilizing brokers, money managers and self-directed mutual funds at various times. During that time I have experienced bull and bear markets as being generally puzzling and unpredictable, and have ridden the market up and down with the masses, which are generally advised to dollar cost average and buy and hold. I was particularly incensed, as was everyone else, during the recent severe bear market, when the "diversified group of mutual funds" failed miserably as all the ships sank, and the mutual fund managers were seemingly baffled and confused, unprepared to exercise any sell discipline, and totally ineffective in protecting our money. Leslie Masonson has presented a relatively simple and understandable, statistically verified and workable means of formulating a personal approach to market timing, by using one or more logical and tested strategies to attempt to optimize the rallies during bull markets, while endeavoring to sidestep bear markets while the herd heads for the door. Plaudits to Mr. Masonson for offering a plan which admits to no guarantees, but which incorporates the hard earned and heartfelt experience of a lifetime of investment counseling, and is designed to help us plan our investing so as to be able to make our own decisions more rationally and effectively, without relying on any outside parties. This point is particularly important, since I'm sure that most investors would agree that no one else is nearly as concerned about our portfolios as we are.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Geoffrey W. Nichols on December 28, 2005
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I was one who was hammered by the market downturn of 2000 - 2002 and it was because I was following the "buy and hold" philosophy. I was not and am still not very sophisticated in investing but I am paying very close attention now. But I've not had a good strategy. This book does a good job of giving me a good overall strategy to consider and equally important, other resources to look at.

I also tried contacting Mr. Masonson via the email address he provided in his book. Within 5 minutes after I sent the email over the Christmas holiday, he called me! We had a good chat and he offered more advice that I thought was very helpful.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By "twentyer" on December 28, 2003
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No Nonsense Book On Market Timing Hits a Home Run

This gem of a book could not have appeared at a more propitious time. Written by an long-time investor for investors, in a time when Sheriff Spitzer is riding herd opening our eyes on illegal behavior which in the near past was hoodwinked and brushed under the rug; this book provides an educational supplement and individualized trading approach to complement the AG's work.
Masonson is relentless in researching and documenting his findings on the market timing strategies that he covers. The confident and self assured author of Daytrading On The Edge is also a ranked and extremely popular AMAZON investment book reviewer totaling thirty reviews to date. His reviews provide guidance in evaluating educational materials when developing your trading system or making investment decisions.
With the tail end of the secular bear market, one of the painful lessons learned is that investors would have to make their own decisions to protect their money, since no one will do it for you.
And with this in mind, Masonson sets out his fourfold objective for writing this book:
1. Delineating why market timing is a superior investment strategy compared to
buy and hold.
2. Providing profitable market timing strategies that are simple to understand and easy to implement.
3. Providing guidance to investors to avoid future bear markets and protect their principal.
4. Helping investors maximize their returns in both good and bad times
The author convincingly argues that future bear markets will arrive like clockwork, and that investors better be prepared to deal with them. To this end, his book focuses exclusively on using timing with index funds, sector funds, leveraged funds and exchange-traded funds.
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