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Ahead of the Curve: Nine Simple Ways to Create Wealth by Spotting Stock Trends Hardcover – September 18, 2007
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Basically, she explains, over and over again, how she caught wind of a trend (brilliantly ignoring all the fads and looking only at real trends), found a stock that could profit from the trend, bought it low, then sold it high. Presto! Easy as that. She even demonstrates a worksheet that takes us into her thought process. She writes "lower interest rates," then makes deductions from there on the impacts to various industries, such as housing and mortgage finance companies and makers of home fixtures. Incredibly, her ability to predict what stocks will benefit from low interest rates includes companies that sell all manner of home renovation equipment, but she presciently manages to exclude the giant home reno stores like Home Depot and Lowe's (which of course have not performed well over the past few years).
There is simply no way anyone could have made as many brilliant forecasts as this woman claims (at least not without making a commensurate number of not-so-brilliant forecasts). While her concept of looking for trends and trying to logically deduce the extent of the trend and any secondary and tertiary effects is a great idea, all the difficulties inherent in doing such analysis is completely ignored.
Most of the book is a barrage of examples revolving around new trends. The author tries to show that money can be made at points all along the value chain - from basic raw materials to the latest "hot product." She lists an endless number of investment plays including the baby boomers, green energy, and geopolitical news events.
BEWARE! This book may sound innocent by its cover, but I believe it does a great disservice to its audience. The author makes investing sound much easier than it actually is. Following her advice, a reader can easily be suckered into buying shares of a company with shoddy fundamentals. Very often a product may be hot, but the company's management is in distress or the stock is overvalued. Hilary Kramer does very little to prepare investors for expecting the worst.
To further encourage reckless investing, she constantly inserts her own anecdotes of acting on a crackpot idea, and then doubling her money in the stock market. This could easily cause uninformed readers to forget that even the best of stock market pros make huge mistakes. If investing were as simple as buying shares of the newest restaurant in town, we would all be rich beyond our wildest dreams.
Ahead of the Curve plays on the prospective reader's itch for easy money to sell a book.Read more ›
Hilary is well known to AOL subscribers (which includes myself, for better or worse) as the columnist of "Hilary on Stocks". She writes a daily column recommending a different stock, a formidable task especially considering the fact that people can track her success (or failure). She's also a regular speaker on the nationally syndicated radio show Doug Stephan's Good Day, where she talks about stocks and other economic trends. What the book does that you won't get from any of these places is give you an overview of how she keeps "ahead of the curve".
The book is well written and reads like a novel. Doing what she recommends, however, is not a five minute a day activity. Trend tip #5 for example, is be a news junkie, and trend tip #6 is study the stats. For those who do not want to make stock trend spotting their new consuming passion, the book is highly entertaining and gives you a very good insight into how Hilary and possibly other stock analysts make their choices. In the end, you can still rely on them for your actual stock choices. But for the more serious stock investor, the book can potentially help you tremendously to gain insight into how to choose the best stocks, and possibly make lots of money.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
If you learn something from this book you do not know enough to be gambling in the stock market.Published 16 months ago by jd soure
I purchased this book because of the author's previous writings in various sites on the internet.
If you google her name, you'll get articles about various types of... Read more
This book is not worth a nickle. It is terrible. Who is this woman anyway? Why is her unremarkable view of stock market even a topic? Read morePublished on April 10, 2012 by Patrick T. Mclaughlin
wow just looking at the above reviews seems there are some real reviews that have content and seem to be by people who have actually read the book. Read morePublished on January 13, 2009 by Terry Latham
Hilary's book is pretty much what I thought it would be. After watching her occasional appearances on Nightly Business Report I concluded that she is a sharp girl. Read morePublished on July 28, 2008 by amateur
I love both Hilary and the book. This is a fantastic book. It describes, in a witty and accessible manner, the fundamentals of stock forecasting. Read morePublished on January 19, 2008 by Jusuf Hariman
The book that I recently purchased-Ahead of the Curve, was a gift for both my supervisor, and my manager. Read morePublished on January 13, 2008 by Tsung Hsi Lai
I have watched Hilary on the PBS Nightly Business Report for years. During that time I tracked her stock recommendations. Read morePublished on December 2, 2007 by S. Lichte
I've seen the author on National Business Report and AOL. I liked her recommendations, her candor, and her grounded view of the stock market. I think this book captures all that. Read morePublished on October 7, 2007 by schmelke