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Keynes's Way to Wealth: Timeless Investment Lessons from The Great Economist Hardcover – November 18, 2013


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  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill; 1 edition (November 18, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071815473
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071815475
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.4 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #658,393 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

John F. Wasik is an award-winning columnist, editor, speaker, and author of 14 books. He has covered investor protection issues for more than 30 years and has won 18 awards for his writing.


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I am curious about the world. That's why I'm compelled to ask questions about history, politics, the environment, economics and investing. Although I don't write in order to live, I put words down in order to understand life. My two most recent books are "The Cul-de-Sac Syndrome" and "The Audacity of Help." The former book explores the past, present and future of American housing from the colonial era to today. It was an outgrowth of research I was doing into environmental building, which I see as one antidote to climate change, resource depletion and affordable housing. It was also a tangential follow-up to my "Merchant of Power," which was the history of electrical generation as seen through the lens of the life of utilities magnate Samuel Insull. My "Audacity of Help" is an in-depth look at the economic crisis and how President Obama's economic plan will address some deep-seated economic and social problems. I don't write in a vacuum, however. I speak all over the country on the topics I write about, write blogs, a column for Bloomberg News and try to engage intelligent people on the best ways to understand, confront and heal many of the country's economic and social ills. If I do this right, you'll have some pretty decent questions to ask those in power after reading my books. Democracy is knowledge in action and I'm an ecodynamic player.

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It is great book for investors .
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Along the way, Wasik gives historical perspective of the global events impacting Keynes’ returns and wealth.
Charles Rotblut
While much of this book covers things as investors we already know it never hurts to repeat good advice!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Elaine W Hester on January 6, 2014
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
It is well written and a fast read . How to avoid buying at the top and selling when a stock is beaten down or your portfolio ? How to find well priced stocks and hold onto them ? Are dividends important in a down market ? This book answers these questions and more by using John Keyes investment strategies . It is great book for investors .
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Eric C. Sedensky VINE VOICE on December 31, 2013
Format: Hardcover
This is the first book about John Maynard Keynes that I've ever read. Having read a number of investment and finance books over the years, of course I've heard lots about Keynes and his economic theories, but never much about the man himself and his investment methodologies. This book attempts to correct that, but because it is caught in between a biography and a “how to” manual, it doesn't do very well.

Biographically, this book provides only a bare sketch of the type of man Keynes was and his personal history. It tries to angle all this into an overview of how it led Mr. Keynes to develop his investment strategies (not his economic theories), but the conclusions drawn and supporting facts are tenuous at best. There are detailed sections of stocks that he bought, many (naturally) of companies that no longer exist or have long since been bought out or merged into other firms. Because (let’s face it) it would have been irrelevant information anyway, dates, prices and quantities of stocks purchased and sold, and individual profit and loss figures, are largely absent. This means that the reader is given a glimpse into Keynes’ investment strategies without regard to anything that might be made use of. Where the book excels is in providing a number of sidebars that supply definitions of investment terms and explanations of some of the situations that Keynes had to deal with, and these are interesting and sometimes, valuable. They won’t be particularly useful for advanced investors, but they will make this book much more approachable for beginners.

What is most remarkable, though, is that Mr. Keynes made money investing during historic depressions and devastating wars, and certainly that merits some study.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Charles Rotblut on December 27, 2013
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This well-research text provides detailed insight into Keynes evolution from a speculator to a seasoned investor. It is biography of Keynes as an investor, revealing both his successes and failures. Along the way, Wasik gives historical perspective of the global events impacting Keynes’ returns and wealth. Even if you completely disagree with Keynesian economics, you will enjoy this book.

Today’s investors can learn a lot from this book. Rather than simply treating Keynes as one of the great investors of his time, Wasik bluntly discusses when Keynes made the wrong decisions. This approach helps readers connect better connect with Keynes, enjoy his good decisions and commisere with his bad decisions. Furthermore, the transformation of Keynes from speculating on commodities and currencies to a value-oriented long-term investor offers many valuable lessons.

This book is a relatively quick read that will benefit investors and interest those who appreciate financial market history. Consider adding it to your bookshelf.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By K. M. McBride on April 14, 2014
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Who knew Keynes as an investor had many of the failings that afflict so many investors? It took him quite a while and failure -- with his own, and friends and family money -- before he had success. John Wasik's thoroughly enjoyable book reminds us of the colorful and robust life Keynes lived, what he wanted to do more of, and how we can learn from Keynes, now. Not just about investing and economics, but a life, well-lived.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By pbk63 on February 6, 2014
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This is not a book about Keynes the economist although it does discuss his work as an economist. It is rather about his life as an investor. There is much to be learned from his history as an investor, both what worked for him and the lessons he learned from mistakes. As we face another difficult period in our economic history it is useful to see how he handled both the Great Depression and World War II. As for Forward by John Bogle points out much of Keynes experience translates to the world today. There are significant insights in this book that even after 50 years of successful investing myself I found worthwhile. For example, the fact that using opposed risks (stocks, bonds, commodities, etc.) while working well in general fails miserably in conditions like 1929 or 2008. What does seem to work well is focus on high quality dividend stocks with a mix of bonds for periods when stocks nosedive. And buying and holding during bad times as well as good. Something I have tried to instill in my adult children as they save and invest. While much of this book covers things as investors we already know it never hurts to repeat good advice! This is a short book and a quick read but a nice addition to my investing library and hopefully yours.
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Format: Hardcover
Economist John Maynard Keynes, to me, was always thought of as an economist of note, but until now I knew little about his background, the world around him at that time (fascinating in itself), and the ups and downs he too had -- rollercoasters that we too know only too well - as he formulated his investment strategies and skills - skills that he would have been pleased to have known that have actually withstood the test of time.

John Wasik's books I have found to be immensely readable. The reader is caught into not only a certain era of time in our world, but Wasik has us come away knowing a person who may have been well known at the time -- but perhaps not much more than a name to us -- and bringing the man to life.

in one of the latter chapters, Keynes Keys to Wealth, Wasik takes us through some of the long-term investment strategies that will work today -- and I found this chapter alone one not to miss, providing much food for thought.
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