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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 597 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 2 edition (July 31, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1118011511
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118011515
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1.9 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,117,785 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Choosing the right investment philosophy is the heart of successful investing. To make the choice, though, you need to look within before you look outside. In the Second Edition of Investment Philosophies, New York University Stern Business School Professor Aswath Damodaran will help you do this by going beyond the simple explanations of traditional and alternative investment strategies to discuss the individual underlying philosophies that support these techniques.

This reliable resource skillfully explores many of the time-tested investment philosophies that have allowed investors to reap financial rewards over the years, including value investing, growth investing, technical analysis, market timing, arbitrage, indexing, and more.

Along the way, it exposes you to a wide array of investment philosophies so as to give you a sense of what drives investors in each one, how they attempt to put these philosophies into practice, and what determines ultimate success. Author Aswath Damodaran also supplies you with the tools—the definition and measurement of risk, the notion of market efficiency and how to test for inefficiencies, and the components and determinants of trading costs—and empirical evidence for you to make your own judgments on the investment philosophy that fits your specific investment goals and views of how markets work.

Filled with valuable insights and useful formulas, this book provides you with the information you need to pick an investment philosophy that is right for you. With the Second Edition of Investment Philosophies as your guide, you can enter the markets with confidence and exit with profits.

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Praise from the first edition of Investment Philosophies

"Damodaran is a well-informed scholar with a gift for organized, clearly written syntheses of complex topics in modern finance. With Investment Philosophies he provides the uncensored facts about winning in the marketplace. If you are a fund manager, an investor, or simply a student of finance, you will want to read this book."
—Tom Copeland, Managing Director of Corporate Finance, Monitor

"Professor Damodaran has zeroed in on the most important missing element of many investment management processes: a clearly defined investment philosophy which can serve as a beacon in difficult markets. He offers a cornucopia of philosophies and strategies that have worked for many of the most successful investors, and which have stood the test of time."
—Rob Arnott, Chairman, First Quadrant, LP; Editor, Financial Analysts Journal

"As an investor, I always have to look back to my philosophy and strategy for taking risk and making money. This book is an invaluable aid for 'taking stock' before buying stock. It lays out the concepts and tools for understanding the basics of risk and return in the stock market, and presents a framework for any investor to construct his or her own investment philosophy."
—Mitch Julis, Managing Partner, Canyon Capital Advisors


More About the Author

Aswath Damodaran is a professor of finance and David Margolis teaching fellow at the Stern School of Business at New York University. He teaches the corporate finance and equity valuation courses in the MBA program. He received his MBA and PhD from the University of California at Los Angeles. His research interests lie in valuation, portfolio management, and applied corporate finance. He has been published in the Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, the Journal of Finance, the Journal of Financial Economics, and the Review of Financial Studies. He has written three books on equity valuation (Damodaran on Valuation, Investment Valuation, and The Dark Side of Valuation) and two on corporate finance (Corporate Finance: Theory and Practice, Applied Corporate Finance: A User's Manual). He has coedited a book on investment management with Peter Bernstein (Investment Management) and has written a book on investment philosophies (Investment Philosophies). His newest book on portfolio management is titled Investment Fables and was published in 2004. He was a visiting lecturer at the University of California, Berkeley, from 1984 to 1986, where he received the Earl Cheit Outstanding Teaching Award in 1985. He has been at NYU since 1986 and received the Stern School of Business Excellence in Teaching Award (awarded by the graduating class) in 1988, 1991, 1992, 1999, 2001, and 2007, and was the youngest winner of the University-wide Distinguished Teaching Award (in 1990). He was profiled in Business Week as one of the top 12 business school professors in the United States in 1994.

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12 of 28 people found the following review helpful By DudeMan on June 27, 2013
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When you notice a huge error in one specific portion of a book it is hard not to imagine there are loads of others, either intentionally, by the simplicity of the approach used, or - most likely - the ignorance of the author in question, no matter how distinguished the author.

The reference I'm talking about gives an almost sublime and laughable short summation of one of the greatest stock investors our time - Peter Lynch - who you might think would be a centerpiece about a book on investment philosophy given both Lynch's track record and three books and magazine articles whose primary aim was clearly to teach an approach and inform on a very practical basis. Yet, the author of this book reduces Lynch the investor and approach to nothing less than ridicule by simplification - loads of research material individual investors can used in all of Lynch's material is boiled down into short contradictory nuggets that make ZERO sense if you've actually taken the time to both read and understand and APPLY the source material.

This is not an exact quote - you can read it yourself in the book but I'm going to quote the gist:

(If WEB is the icon for value investors, Peter Lynch occupies a similar position for growth investors....During that period, Lynch also helped to dispel the notion that growth investors were incurable optimists who bought stocks on promises. He introduced the rigors of value investing to growth investing...
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