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Maverick Investing: Building Extraordinary Wealth Through Unconventional Principles Hardcover – October 25, 2001

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From the Back Cover

From the national radio hit Maverick Investing with Doug Fabian

Sensible Strategies to Earn Annual Returns of 20 Percent or More For the Rest of Your Life!

Chances are that, over your entire investing life, you've averaged 12 percent annual returns or less. Perhaps far less. Are you satisfied with these results?

Maverick Investing outlines a disciplined, easy-to-follow wealth-building approach, one that has helped thousands of investors earn annual returns of 20 percent or more. Setting aside complex calculations and elaborate mathematical formulas, this groundbreaking lifeline for the average investor introduces you to:

  • 10 Maverick Investing Principles­­Proven guidelines for profiting from good markets, and avoiding bad ones
  • The Maverick Bill of Rights­­Ten rights you have as an investor, and how to use them to build long-term wealth
  • 3 consistent signs of a bear market­­and how to lock in profits before prices tumble

Doug Fabian doesn't think he's smarter than you. He does think, however­­and thousands of nationwide investors would agree­­that he can show you how to invest smarter, by using your head instead of your heart. So start today to see and seize profit opportunities, and learn how to recognize and avoid downside risk, with Maverick Investing, Fabian's straightforward guide to success in today's markets.


"One of the most important reasons to invest like a maverick is that it will make you feel good about yourself­­after you get over that first fear of the unknown. Imagine how it will feel to select winners consistently. Imagine how it will feel to get out of the market early enough to protect your gains. And imagine how it will feel to make sensational gains, year after year..."
­­From Chapter 1

Doug Fabian has spent over 20 years perfecting his nontraditional "maverick investing" approach. Now, in the common-sense Maverick Investing, Fabian­­popular from coast to coast as host of his own nationally syndicated radio program­­goes beyond traditional rules of buy and hold to reveal how any investor can average annual returns of 20 percent or more!

Not a magic formula or elaborate mathematical system, Fabian's maverick investing approach is a proven way to ignore investment noise and misinformation, and instead recognize and profit from regularly occurring financial opportunities. Providing everything you need to know to exchange ordinary returns and losses for extraordinary growth, Maverick Investing details:

  • An easy-to-follow stop-loss strategy for avoiding portfolio-crippling losses
  • Common 401(k) mistakes, and how to avoid them
  • Things the pros won't tell you, like why you should "Just say no" to bonds and other fixed income investments
  • All about today's can't miss growth vehicles­­exchange traded funds, enhanced index funds, and sector funds

Doug Fabian doesn't talk like most investment advisors. Fabian believes, and history proves, that the majority of investors can and should make their own decisions on when and where to be invested, and when to sit on the sidelines. Maverick Investing ties Fabian's investing beliefs, methods, and techniques into a single proactive approach­­designed to help you create and protect wealth throughout your entire investing life.


Product Details

  • Hardcover: 280 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies; 1st edition (October 25, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071375627
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071375627
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.4 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #348,550 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
I was furious after reading the 1st half of this book. This book is BLANTLY a repacked version of his father's book "The Mutual Fund Wealth Builder". He doesn't really give credit where it's due. In the Acknowledgments he states he couldn't have done it on his own and stated his father made contributions...this is utter crap...HE made minor/almost trivial modifications to his father's system and calls it his own. First of all, his father's book explains the system better. The first half of this book will make you wish he never heard the word Maverick because it is used in every other sentence. Actually, he got the word "Maverick" from his father's newsletter- The Maverick Advisor Newsletter. Ever read a book that is 300 pages long and think it could've been reduced to 2 pages of actual info? I know that is most of them but this one is a perfect example. Another thing, I don't think he does a good job of explaining the system because if he did if would be TOO obvious he got it from his father. I'm glad I read his father's book because that helped me understand his poor explanations. So if I hated it so much why did I give it 3 stars? Because, he did 2 things better than his father. He gave better resources to find information on the internet. Secondly, his father recommends a 2 month guideline before determining whether or not to sell a fund but Doug does a good point of bringing up a situation where that might not be a good idea. My recommendation: Buy his father's book, borrow his...skip the 1st 140 pages and then skim the rest...you will literally be able to breeze through many pages since you will already be familiar with the material after reading his father's book and then read the 2 sections I listed above which won't take long. You can buy it if you like but understand his father's book is better written and the original. Good Luck.
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Format: Hardcover
I thoroughly enjoyed Doug Fabian's book. He exposes the myths of Wall Street and provides the tools for every individual investor to take control of his/her own financial future. You won't find any day trading, hocus-pocus, holy grail stuff in this book. Just proven, common sense methods that work. Investing is not as difficult as the Wall Street pundits would have you believe. Don't waste money on investing publicatons, newletters and advisory services. Believe me, the only people getting rich off this stuff are the publishers. Turn off CNBC and "Wall Street Week". Let the market tell you when to invest or stand aside. Bear markets are not scary if you have a plan to deal with them. And the plan is very simple. For example, following the same principles outlined in this book I moved my financial assets to money market funds in September 2000. As a result I was able to actually make money while the "buy and hold" crowd suffered 20-50% losses. When the trend finally turns up and hits my predetermined buy signal I will move back into a select group of mutual funds. Two other books that had a profound effect on my investment life are "The Mutual Fund Wealth Builder" by Dick Fabian (Doug Fabian's dad), and "If It Doesn't Go Up, Don't Buy It" by Al Thomas. These books will provide the tools, but you have to provide the guts and dedication to implement the plan. And no, I'm not related to Doug Fabian, nor have I ever spoken to him. All I know is that the principles set forth by Doug Fabian, Dick Fabian and Al Thomas really do work. I'm just trying to save you a lot of money and grief. Oh yeah, after you read these books, send them to your broker or financial advisor. It will be the best gift they could ever receive.
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Format: Hardcover
This book is not comparable in depth and quality to his dad's "Mutual Fund Wealth Builder".
1)I was not happy that bear funds were not covered. In light of the recent bear market, I was looking for technics on how to time these funds to profit from the next downturn. This entire subject was not even touched upon.
2)I was not happy with the minimal coverage of how to best handle the inevitable whipsaws that will occur with his moving average buy-sell system. This is very important. How these whipsaws are handled by the investor will determine whether he/she sticks with the system or not. If he/she chooses not to stick with the system, it will most likely be a sell out of all positions at the wrong time and may prove very costly to his/her account.
3)Although I subjectively felt it should be lower, I did not rate this less than 3-stars because I very much liked his goal-setting technic.
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I started following Dick Fabian back in the early 90's. The old Telephone Switch newsletter would let us know when to buy and sell domestic stock funds, international funds and precious metal funds quite successfully I might add. The son is now running it and it no longer gives us this type of advice.

The last two years Doug did not have me in the market for nice 50% plus gains in domestic etf's, precious metal etf's and international etf's. He should have if hindsight is 20 20. Instead we made some little 5% and 10% buys with minimal profits during a time when the rest of the investment community was making solid gains. The New Successful Investing newsletter is a great disappointment. With that in mind, I suspect that Doug's unconventional principles are not nearly that profitable either. I have googled for reviews on Successful Investing, his ETF Trader and his High Income newsletter - he is not doing very well which makes me think that his Maverick Investing might lead to Maverick LOSSES. For that reason, I suggest you read this book and be careful following this advice, or better yet - just say no.

Doug, get back to the basics and take care of your Successful Investing followers. That old system your dad put together worked. Let's do it with ETF's and get you back on the Successful Investing track once again, instead of the losing investments track. Also, I don't really appreciate you sending me add on ads for high risk investments like solar screens and rare earth metals in your newsletter. That stuff is crap and you know it so why send it to us. You won't need those high risk reputation destroying ads if you just get back to the basics and take care of your Successful Investing followers.
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