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Investing Between the Lines: How to Make Smarter Decisions By Decoding CEO Communications Hardcover – January 8, 2013
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"...investors ought to pay better attention to the way CEOs, the stewards of their capital, express themselves. That idea is the premise behind a new book from McGraw-Hill that explores the relationship between stock picking and executive candor...worthy of investor attention." --Barron's
"Investing Between the Lines by LJ Rittenhouse, has a lot to say about communication in general and CEO communication in particular. [This book] stands out for its emphasis on research and data, rather than just opinion. [It] should be dog-eared, filled with flags, passages underlined and highlighted..." --IR Magazine
"Rittenhouse offers page after page of detailed analyses of corporate communications. These analyses are not always intuitively obvious. I for one am grateful for her efforts." --Seeking Alpha
"Rittenhouse's annual company rankings have consistently shown a convincing link between executive candor and stock returns. Indeed, Rittenhouse raised a red flag on Enron before it failed, noticing a discrepancy between the net income cited in its CEO letter and its audited financial statement, among other things." --Robin Blumental Barron's 20130112
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Top Customer Reviews
...Maybe you will like it better than me but please review a library copy first. Wish I had. Witness:
*the book uses the phrase "Rittenhouse Rankings" as a club to bludgeon the reader endlessly. It appears on virtually every page, often multiple times on a page, to the point where you just want to scream!
*you know you are in trouble when an author quotes her own conversation with someone else in a book
*I couldn't help but wonder if this author was aware of 'conference calls'. I mean, I'll read shareholder letters if available (vast majority aren't as companies have gone to 10K wraps instead) but don't study them too closely (though I'm simple and stick with simple stuff) and prefer the calls and presentations in part cause if you don't get the culture and presentation from your research you aren't going to get it from a letter - people aren't WEB. This book would have made a lot more sense in 1993 - not so much 2013.
*On a practical basis, none of this stuff is particularly helpful if you don't already have a framework for evaluating companies and picking stocks. None of what she talks about here is closely correlated with actually picking winning stocks or avoiding bad ones. I mean, sure, everyone wants good management but should we really spend time picking apart an Enron letter when the cash flow statement is a mass of delusion? Tell me the option policy, tell me the capital allocation policy, tell me how stores they want to open and whether they pay dividends and what price they buy shares and how much they pay the CEO and where margins are and what's the story and all the things that make an investment analysis possible.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
For a novice like myself, Investing Between The Lines gave me great insight to the inner workings of financial institutions. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Very good book, full of insights. The book presents a method of linguistic analysis of CEO letters to shareholders. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Sergei
As someone considering a business venture, I have to think about questions I don't have answers to like: how would my business be run, what skills do I need, how do I raise money... Read morePublished 5 months ago by eejackson
This is an excellent book. Often times, investors (professionals and otherwise) get lost in their search for alpha. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Matt in NY
This is an excellent overview of some of the crazy language found in many shareholder reports, along with some of the best. It's well written and I found some great insights.Published 20 months ago by J. Churchill
I read Investing Between The Lines straight through and did not want it to end.
In fact, I am not even a financial person. I am a hard-driving creative person. Read more
The author demonstrates well the correlation between CEO communications with the company's and its stock's performance. Read morePublished 23 months ago by William Jelke
This book teaches a new way of interpreting corporate communications. It presents a set of metrics to measure things like truthfulness and specificity of communications. Read morePublished 23 months ago by A Reader
The author believes that the CEO's statement in the annual report has value in determining how well run the company is. Interesting idea. Read morePublished on May 12, 2014 by Jackal