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“It’s a fast read and offers useful advice for the active investor.” Seeking Alpha

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Over the years, various approaches to investing have emerged, but it's fair to say that some of them have been less than impressive. Today, the challenge for almost every investor is finding the right ways to earn above average returns. The Little Book of Stock Market Profits will show you exactly how to achieve this elusive goal.

Author Mitch Zacks—Senior Portfolio Manager at Zacks Investment Management—understands what it takes to make it in even the most dynamic markets, and now, with The Little Book of Stock Market Profits, he breaks down some of the best investing strategies of all time and reveals how you can effectively incorporate them into your own investing endeavors.

Engaging and informative, this reliable guide takes you chapter by chapter through various strategies that will help you improve your investment process, while allowing you to take advantage of certain market anomalies. Along the way, it skillfully addresses:

  • Using momentum-based strategies and what type of stocks this method works best with

  • Piggybacking on the trading decisions made by informed individuals—from large shareholders to CEOs—through the use of publicly disclosed insider data

  • Understanding Initial Public Offerings (IPOs) and whether they will help, or hurt, your portfolio

  • Following specific rules when buying value stocks

  • Implementing an earnings accrual investment strategy that helps you try to outperform the market by effectively focusing on the quality of earnings

  • Handling earnings announcements and what to make of post-earnings announcement drifts

  • Following seasonal patterns in your investing activities by looking at common calendar anomalies such as the January Barometer, May/October Effect, and much more

Rounding out this detailed discussion of equity investing, Zacks touches upon the use of multifactor models in this process. Here, you'll learn how combining two or more different factors—for instance stocks trading at attractive valuation metrics and exhibiting strong price momentum—can generate returns that are greater than any one of the factors by itself.

Investing can be difficult, but with the right strategies you can improve your overall performance. The Little Book of Stock Market Profits will show you how.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 204 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (November 8, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470903414
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470903414
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.9 x 7.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #265,496 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Liberty4all VINE VOICE on December 17, 2011
Format: Hardcover
This fairly short book is a very decent introduction to stock market anomalies. It discusses several anomalies and then attempts to explain why they may work. It also looks into whether each anomaly may be the result of data-mining. One of the tests it uses on most of the anomalies is "does it also work on non-US markets" which is an excellent way to sort out the wheat from the chaff.

Those expecting to be introduced to one or more anomalies that outperform the market by wide margins are likely to be extremely disappointed. The ones that are judged to be authentic outperform the averages by perhaps a couple of percent a year. Other ones outperform by wider margins but these are before commissions, liquidity and bid-ask spreads are considered which since most involve illiquid stocks will likely eat up much of the outperformance. Also, the author points out several anomalies that may have been authentic and powerful but apparently were arbitraged away by the markets within a few years of being first written about.

In the end, far from coming away with all-time "best strategies" that handily beat the averages, one is left with a few strategies that slightly beat the market. It's almost a book that supports passive investing by default. As he states in the video interview below, the market is "brutally efficient". Credit however goes to the author for not over-hyping the anomalies discussed in the book even if the title does.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Merrell T. Denison on November 18, 2012
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His first book "Ahead of the Market" was excellent, and I looked forward to this one. But the Tweedy Browne website offers a free booklet entitled "What Has Worked In Investing" which covers more ground, better. Particularly weak was the chapter on Value Investing. Buy "Ahead of the Market", give this one a pass. Sorry, Mr. Zacks.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By AmazonUser on January 23, 2012
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I happen to think the author is intelligent and knowledgeable. This becomes clear from the way he describes anomalies and his even-handed approach to evaluating the pros and cons. However, the book is lacking in several aspects. First, it is truly a tiny book. About 5"x7" hardcover. This makes its awkward to hold physically and hard to read when each line of text contains only about 6-7 words. So you get 200 of these tiny pages, but only about 40 are needed. For some reason, the author tends to repeat general concepts throughout each chapter instead of progressing to more detailed or advanced topics. As an example, the chapter on insider trading mentions that insider buying is more predictive than insider selling. This fact is repeated over and over and over again -- each time presented as if a brand new assertion was being made. This style quickly becomes tiresome. Poor editing, padding, sheer lack of material -- I'm not sure which. I just wish this already-condensed book was either condensed more (made shorter) or expanded to include useful data. As it is, there are countless references to historical trading strategy studies, but *none* of them are footnoted.

Overall, the topics Zacks presents are all worth knowing/learing as a trader. And I can't disagree with anything he says in the book. But in terms of efficiency and usefulness, it's not what it should be in my opinion.
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