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Guide to Investment Strategy: How to Understand Markets, Risk, Rewards And Behavior (Economist (Hardcover)) Hardcover – September 1, 2006

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 250 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomberg Press; 1 edition (September 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1576602370
  • ISBN-13: 978-1576602379
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.9 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #371,623 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

Advance praise for this book has been quite enthusiastic, both from professionals in finance and from academia.

"Peter Stanyer has laid out potentially very complex issues in a practical and investor-friendly fashion." - Christopher Hyzy, Chief Investment Stragegist, U.S. Trust

"Many investors have substantial business expertise and experience in specific capital markets. But such knowledge is not enough. Success requires an integrated view of the investment problem and of the full range of investment products. Peter Stanyer's excellent guide to strategy provides exactly this, summarizing the latest thinking in a concise, readable format." - John Y. Campbell, Department of Economics, Harvard University

"This book provides a thoughtful and incisive appraisl of the optimal approach to long-term investment, drawing on historical data, the latest academic studes, and best practices among institutional investors. It will be essential reading for investment advisors and private bankers as well as individual investors seeking to preserve and grow wealth." - John P. Calverley, Chief Economist and Strategist, American Express Bank

"Peter Stanyer uses both his practical investment experience and recent developments in financial economics to tackle many of the more important and compex decisions faced by investors. Don't expect to fine easy answers; do expect to be stimulated." - Richard Brealey, Emeritus Professor of Finance, London Business School

About the Author

Stanyer, painter who has exhibited his work in numerous shows, is a dedicated teacher who conducts highly regarded art courses in London for students at all levels.

Shanta Acharya is Associate Director of the Initiative on Foundation and Endowment Asset Management at London Business School. Previously, she worked as an investment professional in Morgan Stanley Asset Management, Swiss Bank Corporation Portfolio Management International, Baring Asset Management
and Bank of Ireland Asset Management. She holds a D.Phil from Oxford and was a Visiting Scholar at Harvard. Elroy Dimson is BGI Professor of Investment Management at London Business School, where he has served as Governor, chaired the Finance and Accounting groups, and been Dean of the MBA and
Executive MBA programmes. His visiting positions have included the Bank of England and the Universities of Chicago and California (Berkeley). Formerly President of the European Finance Association, Dr Dimson has published widely on investment management. He has advised foundations and endowments
across Europe and the United States.

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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Rajkumar Sundaram on February 18, 2007
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I feel that this book is more for financial advisers and high-net investors rather than for an average equity-biased investor. The author is also succinct to the extent that it makes my head giddy.

Amended: I wrote the above when I had just started reading about investing, and was obviously immature to understand the nuances. I went back to reading this again recently, and I really enjoyed it. It has lot more wisdom to offer than most other books on investing. It's very analytical, un-biased towards investment classes, and offers lot of good perspectives on risk and expected return. I'd now give it 5 stars, but amazon wouldn't let me edit the rating.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By KaGe on June 13, 2007
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The main thrust of this book is that disastrous outcomes are far more likely than people would like to think, esp if they feel they "know" a certain market. it spends a lot of time justifying the need for diversification and how people respond to risk and adverse outcomes (behavioral economics).

definitely directed at the deep pocketed and (would-be?) financial managers who invest large sums of money (for themselves or others). it does not give you a strategy to follow (any good book CANNOT).

it also tries to show both sides: it says equities can have more risk than people imagine and also says that given past performance long term investors may be bullish on equities (esp when compared with "safe haven" treasuries). it suggests that the investors value their appetite for risk and reward and invest accordingly.

though it frequently resorts to tables and graphs, it is not super technical but does try to cover a lot of jargon and work by current economic research.
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By drollere on August 22, 2008
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i bought this among a half dozen or so investment guides as schooling for choosing new portfolio advisors. the advice here is well informed by industry contacts and professional experience and illustrated by incisive graphs. the benefit here is the bracingly conservative perspective: cash (or the market equivalent, such as t bills) is the benchmark investor standard, and forays into anything other than cash need to be evaluated with a sober eye to the downside risks, as the past two bull/bear cycles have schooled us all. investments in bonds or equities or exotics need to fit both the investor psychology (nervous or serene) and portfolio time horizons (which defines the investor's "natural habitat"); this is a process constrained by substantial uncertainties, and by risks that the capital asset pricing model underestimates. my complaint is that the insights pass by rather quickly in a discursive, passive voice presentation (also my complaint with the economist magazine/newspaper, publisher of this book): one must read some sections twice to glean the message. the tone is also interpretive rather than descriptive, so the discussion can plunge into specific technical issues (such as "good and bad beta") without laying out, for example, what beta is, how it is used, and how it has fared as a metric of investment risk. but the value of this book is to have the full range of investment opportunites, from cash to hedge funds, cdo's, currencies and real estate, laid out as a synoptic and judicious narrative for informed readers and, especially, readers who have been once bitten by market volatility or day trading the chinese exchange.
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