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Being Right or Making Money Paperback – October 1, 2000

ISBN-13: 978-0970265104 ISBN-10: 0970265107

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  • Paperback: 150 pages
  • Publisher: Ned Davis Research Inc (October 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0970265107
  • ISBN-13: 978-0970265104
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 7.9 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,221,626 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, who attended the Harvard Graduate School of Business, Ned Davis has been professionally involved in the stock market since 1966. The institutionally oriented Ned Davis Research, based in Venice, Florida, produces nine different timing services, and has built one of the largest independent research firms on Wall Street.

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...So as I studied other long-term winners on Wall Street, I found that instinctively or otherwise, they had come to the same conclusions that I had. While the methods of Warren Buffet, Peter Lynch, or John Tempelton have been very different from my market-timing orientation, the fact is that all of these men have been very humble, made a lot of mistakes, and rarely if ever get headlines about a spectacular call. Yet, they all use objective methods for picking stocks, their investment philosophy is very disciplined and designed to limit risks, and they are flexible when they must be.

So this book is not designed to challenge those of you who are long-term fundamentalists or short-term technicians. Instead, you will be shown some tools that hopefully will help you to be more "right" more often. But much more importantly, this book will show you that being right is not really where it's at, since at least as much of your focus should be on risk management tactics, a disciplined strategy, and flexibility...

...Thus, the bottom line at Ned Davis Research is that our timing models, at every stage of development, are designed with one thought in mind, and that is "controlling big mistakes."...

...I feel strongly that if you are objective, disciplined, flexible, and risk averse, the methods presented in this book can turn you into a money-making machine.

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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Joe Duarte on March 2, 2002
Format: Paperback
"Being Right Or Making Money" is like getting a pro level college course on how to stay one step ahead of the stock and bond markets, and is destined to be a desktop companion for any serious investor, especially those whose foray into online trading has left them at a disadvantage after the post bubble and Enron days.

This is a place where many might have started, as it provides an excellent foundation for market analysis and the formation of a life time investing plan. The book's emphasis is not on how to make a fortune day trading, but rather it teaches investors how to make sense out of information that truly forecasts the future of the market.

There are several chapters on how to create asset allocation models in both bonds and stocks. And it is here that investors will find hidden jewels such as how to make sense out of contrarian opinion and how to analyze the stock market's momentum.

The book is written with a general audience in mind, and has great long term indicator charts that clearly illustrate how and when the indicators work, as well as the results of their buy and sell signals. Highly recommended for those who are truly serious about investing, and those who are looking for better forecasting tools...
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Allan H. on June 16, 2001
Format: Paperback
This is easily one of the best books I've ever read on quantitative techniques for stock market analysis. The first two chapters (by Ned Davis) gives his view on what moves the markets. It's a treasure chest of ideas ... some old, but also a few new ones (at least to me).
The rest of the chapters are written by staff members of NDR. The book contains several timing models with historical performance. While some of the models rely on data not easily obtained, the breadth of ideas is impressive.
Highly recommended.
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful By on April 15, 2003
Format: Paperback
Words of wisdom and a common sense approach to profiting in the markets is what you'll get from this slice of Ned Davis Research. This is a revision to the 1991 edition that contains updated information and a take on the year 2000 bubble. Seven chapters of insight are packed into this coffee table-style book, with loads of color-coded charts and aphorisms. If you're looking to obtain a grasp of the common traits that have made the monsters of money management successful, this book is worth your while.
Maybe you've seen Ned Davis on CNBC or CNN; he's often quoted in Barron's and The Wall Street Journal; he's been in the business for over thirty years and has a lot to offer. He's also a good study of the old pros, such as George Soros and Peter Lynch. From them he has gathered four traits that are key to maintaining success. They are: Objectivity, Flexibility, Discipline and Risk Management. Hard to argue here.
With the four common traits of successful money managers as a base, the book brings the Ned Davis Research Group's insights and experience to the table. A dissection of what contributed to the stock market bubble of 2000 and a no-nonsense look into what is moving our economy right now are key features to this edition. The economy model building process and analyses of stock and bond market timing are also discussed in depth. Though the content-type is academic, I found the commentary to be refreshingly concise and practical.
According to Ned Davis, the business of speculating is largely psychological. Great quotes and facts about crowd psychology are influential for understanding the markets.
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2 of 10 people found the following review helpful By James A. Barton on March 22, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This book appears to have been originally published just before the NASDAQ crash in March of 2000. The copy that I purchased from appears to be a private re-publication of really first class quality by Ned Davis Reseach after the event. It was probably used as a presentation to clients and prospective clients to show the quality of his forecasting. Davis hit it right on the money. There is no doubt about that, and this book reflects his reasoning process before the event, unlike so many books written in hindsight.
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