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Higher Returns from Safe Investments: Using Bonds, Stocks, and Options to Generate Lifetime Income Hardcover – March 15, 2010

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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: FT Press; 1 edition (March 15, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0137003358
  • ISBN-13: 978-0137003358
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 5.5 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,349,436 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Marvin Appel originally trained as an anesthesiologist at Harvard Medical School and Johns Hopkins Hospital. He concurrently earned a PhD in Biomedical Engineering from Harvard University. However, in 1996 he changed careers and joined his father in the field of investment management, where he has been able to put his engineering and computer training to work in analyzing the stock market. He is now CEO of Appel Asset Management in Great Neck, NY, which manages more than $45 million in client assets in mutual funds, exchange-traded funds, and individual stocks and bonds using active asset allocation strategies.


Dr. Appel’s book Investing with Exchange-Traded Funds Made Easy, now in its second edition, was published by FT Press and was featured on CNBC’s Closing Bell show. Dr. Appel and his father have also written Beating the Market, Three Months at a Time, published by FT Press and released in January 2008.


Dr. Appel is the editor of Systems and Forecasts, a highly regarded newsletter on technical analysis that his father, Gerald Appel, started in 1973. He is also a regular contributor to Investment News. Dr. Appel has been a regular contributor to Dental Economics and to Physician’s Money Digest. His market insights have been featured on CNBC, CNNfn, CBS Marketwatch.com, and Forbes.com. He has been invited to testify to the New York State Legislature regarding his market forecasts and has presented his investment strategies to numerous conferences, including several chapters of the American Association of Individual Investors and, most recently, at the Canadian Society of Technical Analysts at their annual meeting in Toronto.

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It is an easy read, informative, and excellent.
Steve Burns
Also, most investment books that exist as of this writing (2011), still cling to the notion that most people should invest in mutual fund stocks and bonds.
Definitely pick this up to get a good handle on "Safer" Investments.
S. Jian

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By S. Jian on May 9, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I'm a novice in the investment arena. I've been trying to get a handle on the composition of a diversified portfolio and learn about some of the different products available with let's hope, less risk. I've studied finance while in school but nothing can really prepare you for how complicated the actual market is. I picked up this book and found it surprisingly readable. It doesn't read like a textbook as what I've come to expect after years of school. I think that it takes a great understanding of the subject matter in order to simplify it for others. Dr. Appel shares his knowledge and reasons for some of his strategies in income generating investments in a MOST READABLE manner.


The book is filled with examples and introductions to all areas of income generating investments, from regular bonds, bond ETF's to mutual funds. It touches upon preferred stocks as well.
I think this is a fantastic handbook for the conservative investor and for those that are learning how to diversify their portfolio. Dr. Appel shares some of his investment picks with the reader and explains with clarity the reasons behind his choices.


I found Dr. Appel's explanation of the different types of fund shares and hidden sales fees, and commission fees to be quite interesting. He also talks about the effect that Taxes have on certain investments. I always thought that TIPS is a safer way to ride inflation, but I'll think twice now about placing it in a taxable account.

It was an easy read and it really gave some good insights and strategies on investing with income in mind. I'm looking forward to picking up his book on ETF's as well. I found his writing style to be quite understandable. Definitely pick this up to get a good handle on "Safer" Investments.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kuru on May 13, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This is too thin a book to be truly helpful; there's not much more information here than in many magazine articles. It might make a good one-evening read for some basic introduction, for someone who has never invested at all before. Depending on the topic, the book tends to err by being too general or too specific. For example, the critical discussion of bonds and bond laddering doesn't really give enough information to help an individual select specific bonds -- you'd need to use a broker or an asset manager to help. One the other hand, the discussion of bond mutual funds amounts to suggesting a couple specific funds -- you can do that easily enough yourself, but there's nothing to help you evaluate any other fund choices you might have.

Some of his advice may seem questionable, in that it differs from what it written in many other sources, and there's not enough information to help weigh the merits. For example, he recommends that a portion of even conservative portfolios be allocated to stocks (a common idea), but suggests a surprising weighting in emerging market stocks (commonly viewed as highly volatile). On the other hand, he doesn't even mention non-U.S. bonds (often viewed as a desirable component of a bond portfolio). My point isn't to judge the merits of any of this advice (I'm no pro), but simply to observe that this book won't help in evaluating any of it.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By David Merkel on February 12, 2011
Format: Hardcover
This book gets a mixed review from me. If I were reviewing it 14 months ago, when everything was in chaos, I would have given it a better review. There are time to take credit risk, and times not to. There are times to extend maturity, and times not to. There are times to seek inflation protection, and times not to. There are times to invest abroad, and times not to.

This book takes a view of income investing that is correct for average credit markets, for the most part. But average credit markets rarely exist. Few investors possess the fortitude to go through the nadir of the credit cycle, and ride it into the next cycle.

With high yield, he offers a simple stop-loss strategy. Good. But he should offer something similar on preferred stocks and dividend-paying common stocks, which are riskier than high yield bonds.

The chapter on writing covered calls is simplistic, but the truth is that most of us are simplistic with covered calls -- we look for free yield, and often gain losses greater than the income received.

The book gives simple and reasonable descriptions of various bond types, and other income oriented assets. In general, it understands the relative riskiness of all of them, with exceptions noted above.

The title is a great title, but I would have loved to have seen a different book that would have taught people to analyze yield spreads, and getting people to think when there is enough compensation for the risk involved, and when there is not.

Who would benefit from this book

If you don't understand income investments, this book could be useful to you, and the book is not long. It is an easy read. In general I don't agree with the way the book is designed, but if you have a lot of self-discipline, the book will prove useful to you.
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