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From the Back Cover

The First Insider Look Into Sir John's Investing Strategies

Sir John Templeton is “The greatest stock picker of the century.”
-Money

“Sir John Templeton's savvy went beyond that of the investment world. A mother asked him what was the best investment advice she could give her son, and he responded 'to tithe.' He encouraged me and others to seek the spiritual truths that are every bit as incontrovertible as the physical laws that impact our universe, and then make a commitment to live by them. He was a giant not only in his 'out of the box' investment acumen, but also for his understandings of the broader issues of life.”
-Foster Friess, Founder/Fund Manager, Friess Associates Inc.

“Sir John Templeton knows well the royal road to riches for passive investors. First, be price conscious-buy bargains. Second, focus on the long term outlook. Third, don't pay attention to the short term outlook knowing that most bargains are created when the near term outlook is poor to clouded. Investing the Templeton Way provides an excellent road map for investors who seek to get into the details of how best to emulate Sir John and his fabulous success.”
-Martin J. Whitman, portfolio manager, Third Avenue Value Fund

“Through his generous counseling sessions at Lyford Cay in our early days, his sagacious investing, and personal example, Sir John inculcated more important principles into our culture at Southeastern Asset Management, Inc. than any other. Similarly, Investing the Templeton Way offers the novice as well as the professional invaluable guidance that will make you a better investor. It should not only be read, but absorbed.”
-Mason Hawkins, chairman and chief executive officer, Southeastern Asset Management, Inc., advisor to the Longleaf Partners Funds

About the Author

Lauren C. Templeton is the sole owner of Lauren Templeton Capital Management, LLC. She is the founder and Chairman of the Southeastern Hedge Fund Association, Inc.

Scott Phillips is the lead analyst and portfolio manager of the Lauren Templeton Global Maximum Pessimism Fund.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education; 1 edition (February 20, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071545638
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071545631
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.1 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #262,792 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By moneymanager on June 1, 2008
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I bought this book hoping to learn more about how to invest in foreign stocks since Templeton was known for that. Unfortunately other than a few simple things like checking to make sure a government's debt is no more than 25% of GDP, there were very few specifics. The author presents a couple of examples where "Uncle John" took advantage of distrust in foreign markets (like investing in South Korea during the Asian financial crises) to make great investments, but doesn't go enough into enough detail to be of any real benefit to anybody.

The book is more about the very basics of being a value investor and the attitudes needed to be successful in investing (ie, don't follow the crowd, buy low P/E or low PEG stocks, diversification). But even that is presented in somewhat of a haphazard way compared to other books, such as Peter Lynch's books or some of the books about Warren Buffet. Chapter 6, "No Trouble TO Short The Bubble", is not much more than a recount of the tech wreck and an admonishment to people who bought tech stocks at high P/Es. The main points of the book could have been made in half the pages. Only the last chapter on China was interesting.

I gave three stars because this would be an ok book for a beginning investor, but for an intermediate or advanced investor this in not much more than a rah-rah book about value investing and is more like one or two stars.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Max7777 on September 10, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Templeton was truly one of the greatest investors of all time. This book does give you insight into his thinking and methodology. So it should be a great book since there are very few books about him. However be warned the writing is just horrendous. I never cared about the writing style of a how to book, but this one is just terrible. Extremely hard to keep you interested, as if a 11 year old wrote this. It repeats the small irrelevant points as if it was the greatest discovery ever. It is just very annoying to read. Still I did learn from it. It explained that Templeton used bottom up approach to pick countries, if he found many companies to buy in Japan then he picked that country (He did not look at Macro factors and then decide to pick stock in that country)It gave good examples about how not to follow the crowd into hot markets and simple pointers like look for low P/E's, and use diversification unless you are right 100% of the time. But it was truly very hard to read.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Dipak Thakur on April 20, 2008
Format: Hardcover
My expectations out of this book got dashed. It has little to offer. I found it tough to take down even half a page of notings / learnings from this book. On an average the learnings for such a book run into multiple pages.
Narrative style is vague and book lacks continuity and core theme and details.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jabugo on October 6, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This is the most vacuuous investment book I have read. The authors manage to pack about 4 pages of content into 240 pages of text. The remainder is tedious padding that reads as a ploy by the authors to curry favour with the book's subject. The constant reference to 'Uncle John' is but one, albeit the most egregious, example of the authors' desire to genuflect in front of the great man rather than analyse him. Advice such as when Uncle John recommends a stock you should buy it is hardly illuminating.

This is a great shame as his track-record is extraordinary and some attempt at insight would have been powerful. Templeton's core investment themes include being analytical, distancing yourself from emotion and seeking out value - apply those to the buy/don't-buy decision for this book and steer clear.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Anil Kumar T on August 15, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I was very exited to find a Investment book on John Templeton investment strategies. But after reading this book I am very disappointed. This does not mean I disagree with John Templeton strategies. The main problem is with the structure of this book. To me, author seems to be very confused whether he wants to write Templeton biography, his strategies or history of countries which Templeton used to cover.

To give you an example, chapter 10 runs into 20 pages detailing China's economic and political events. It has got just three main messages. Buy stocks in countries 1) with high savings rate 2) trade surplus 3) and high profits attracts competition.

So If you have patience to read 268 pages, which could well be condensed into not more than 100 pages, this is a good book. I have given it two star, because I do not appreciate anything which waste time.
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jusuf Hariman on January 16, 2009
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The Money Magazine has called the late Sir John Templeton "the greatest stock picker of the century". Indeed, this is the investment book for our time, for 2009 and 2010 or possibly beyond just as long as we are in deep recession. Sir John's most well-known principle is "investing at the point of maximum pessimism", which is now. Sir John has had the most success when purchasing stocks priced far too low in relation to their intrinsic worth. As Sir John put it, "To buy when others are despondently selling and to sell when others are avidly buying requires the greatest fortitude and pays the greatest ultimate reward". Sir John also said that the best time to "buy is when there's blood in the street". Sir John was once asked how to identify the point of maximumm pessimism . His answer is that the point was reached when there were no more buyers left in the market, and the sellers were about to take control. That point was reached on 10 March 2000, when the NASDAC hits its all-time high of 5,132. In addition, throughout his career in investment, Sir John had searched the world over for the best bargain stocks available. Research shows that a stock portfolio with investments around the world is likely to yield, in the long run, a higher return at lower level of volatility than will a simple, diversified single-nation portfolio. Diversification should be the cornerstone of any investment program. In short, Sir John's approach is threefold: (1). Be price conscious - buy bargain; (2). Focus on the long term outlook and (3). Don't pay attention to the short term outlook knowing that most bargains are created when the near term outlook is poor to clouded. Digest this book and you will never again be afraid of recession.
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