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It takes more than the latest technology and some timely tips to make money in today's markets. What you need to ultimately succeed is a firm understanding of how these markets really work and the ability to look at the investment process from a slightly different perspective. With Invest Like a Dealmaker, author Christopher Mayer will prepare you to do this and much more.
As a former banking insider and current Editor of Capital & Crisisa highly regarded financial newsletterMayer has gained some invaluable investment insights during the course of his career. Drawing from a wide range of sources, this book pulls together anecdotes and stories from some of the greatest investors of years past, such as nineteenth-century speculator Jay Gould, investment theorist John Burr Williams, and even seventeenth-century businessman Joseph de la Vega. Invest Like a Dealmaker also examines some of the best ideas from today's top performing investors, such as Marty Whitman, Seth Klarman, Joel Greenblatt, and many more. Also included are lesser known names and quirky characterslike poker great Puggy Pearsonwho have all contributed to the pile of investment wisdom.
Written in a straightforward and accessible style, Invest Like a Dealmaker outlines an approach to investing that is far removed from what most investors have been conditioned to believe, but which has produced consistent profits for its practitioners decade after decade. While the concepts covered are not well known by the average investor, they are well appreciated by Wall Street insiders and dealmakersparticularly those who think about stocks as whole companies, as things with real assets, and cash flows that exist in the real world.
With this book as your guide, you'll quickly become familiar with the two markets that exist for stocksthe market of public quotations and the private market for controland discover how to profit from discrepancies between the two. After this engaging introduction, Mayer shows you what it takes to make it in this type of investment environment by discussing how to:
Incorporate the tools and techniques of great "money minds" into your everyday investment endeavors
Think about risk and wealth creation in a whole different way
Locate potential investment opportunities through a variety of resources
Develop a sound and smart selling strategy
Avoid losing investments
There are many paths you can take on the investment journey, but only a few are worth following. By translating sophisticated financial ideas into approachable investment insights, this book will show you how to think like a dealmaker when trading the markets and put you in a better position to make profitable investment decisions.
Praise for Invest Like A Dealmaker
"Chris Mayer is one of the few people in America who thinks deeply and originally about investing. The ideas in this book will enrich you and?change your perspective about investing forever. You'll never look at a stock symbol in the same way. This is the complete guide to sophisticated, safe investing."
Porter Stansberry, founder, Stansberry & Associates Investment Research
"I've known Chris for years now. His new book has all the essential principles of investing, historical vignettes about curious characters, and insights from all the greatest investing legends, tied up in an entertaining package that only someone as well read as Chris could produce. In the last twenty years, I've read hundreds of financial books.? Most weren't worth the time it took to read the table of contents. You'll want to read Invest Like a Dealmaker cover to cover and refer to it often."
Dan Ferris, Editor, Extreme Value
"Chris Mayer has put together a wonderful compendium of investment wisdom. You'll find the 'usual suspects'Warren Buffett, Jay Gould, George Soros, et al. But you'll also learn from great investors you've never heard of, backed up with great research. Turn to just about any page and you'll find something profound that will help you make more money in the markets."
Mark Tier, author, The Winning Investment Habits of Warren Buffett & George Soros
"Chris Mayer's book is highly readable and refreshing because, as a true value investor, he provides the knowledge and the tools for every investor to select undervalued securities, and convincingly articulates the case for commonsense investing."
Marc Faber, Editor, the Gloom Boom & Doom Report
"Chris Mayer has done a nice job of explaining and illustrating how and why a company (and its stock) can be valued differently by people who simply view it through different perspectives. His book is a useful addition to the library on investing."
Ron Muhlenkamp, President, Muhlenkamp & Company, Inc., and author, Ron's Road to Wealth
"It's all about value. And one of the smartest value analysts anywhere is Chris Mayer. In Invest Like a Dealmaker, Chris shows us the basics, and then the essential secrets of finding hidden value and turning it into profitable portfolios. This book will help bring your investing game to a whole new level."
John Mauldin, President, Millennium Wave Investments, author, Bull's Eye Investing,
and Editor, Thoughts from the Frontline
book outlined some good resources for generating ideas. It probably could've been a white paper (ie could have been even more concise and get the same effect). Read morePublished 8 months ago by ChrisG
I like the fact that Chris Mayer is able to see the forest for the trees in a world of terrible investment advice ruled by the minute by minute ticker on CNBC. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Gabriel Allon
I can't recommend this book as a standalone contribution to the how-to world of personal investing. The title is misleading, and the book itself...well, it isn't really a book. Read morePublished on September 1, 2008 by M. Dooner
I'm about a third of the way through....and am taking a break. I don't know very much about the details of stocks, but bought the book to become better educated and a better... Read morePublished on May 27, 2008 by Mattcoman
I've been a happy subscriber to Chris' newsletter for years, and I think he's one of the best in the business. Reading this book will teach you his methods. Highly recommended!Published on March 31, 2008 by L