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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan Trade (October 14, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1137279257
  • ISBN-13: 978-1137279255
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #208,591 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Patrick O’Shaughnessy is a portfolio manager at O’Shaughnessy Asset Management where he manages money for individuals and institutions. He is a contributing author to What Works on Wall Street (Fourth Edition) by James O’Shaughnessy and has been featured in Fortune, The Wall Street Journal’s ‘Market Watch,’ The, and Advisor Perspectives , where he has won the Top 25 Venerated Voices™ award by author. Patrick is an expert in investment strategy research and is also a Chartered Financial Analyst®. He lives in New York City with his wife and son.

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Author Patrick O'Shaughnessy understands that there are strong and very real financial and psychological challenges which make millennials flinch when they consider investing in equities: job scarcity, student loan debt, and of course those awful memories of the 2007-2008 financial crisis. Many are still running for cover, keeping their savings in cash or low return, conservative - and seemingly safe - bonds.

But O'Shaughnessy stresses the dangers in those reactions. While this behavior may feel comfortable, secure, and reassuring - it actually "acts like a tax " on wealth, leading to significantly greater financial risks over time, with inflation and factors such as the lack of pensions and social security very likely to erode savings. He makes a strong case for confronting fears and investing in stocks which - IF they are the right stocks and meet his very specific criteria - can lead to greater financial security (he favors global investments). And he underlines the importance of setting the course as early as possible, ideally when investors are in their 20s and 30s, so they can take full advantage of time and the power of compounding.

I read investment and financial management books regularly and....yes...some of what is included here repeats the basics covered in other books. But there is a significant amount of new information as well. O'Shaughnessy has very clear guidelines for the companies which meet his requirements and lays out a set of basic principles and rules for his "Millennial Money Strategy" : go global, think differently, and get out of your own way. These guidelines are followed by an investor checklist and ranking approach for analyzing stocks.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Heather W. VINE VOICE on August 30, 2014
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I am one of those who got nervous after losing money in the market after Y2K and have stuck to the basic, safe-bets ever since. This book is something I was as excited about as my next Annual female exam, but I knew would be beneficial to my family's financial future...and long overdue.

This quote from the introduction sums it up the need for the book:
"..we spend so many hours..working hard to earn money..but then spend very little time thinking about how to put our money to good use."

The chapters (and some of the subheadings) are:

1. The Millennial Edge
Importance of Real Returns. Cash is trash. Saving is not safe

2. Building Good Financial Karma
Overcoming Income Inequality. Demographics are Destiny. An Inter-generational Heist. A False Sense of Security.

3. Investing Principles
Three Ingredients

4. Go Global
Maximizing Our Global Purchasing Power, A Bigger Pond, Easy Access

5. Be Different
The Case for Index Investing, Follow the Leader?,Sector Bargains, Picking Stocks

6. The Millennial Money Strategy
Building the Millennial Money Checklist, What's Best for Shareholders?, Picking the best

7. Get Out of Your Own Way
The "Human Tax", The Subconscious Investor--We Can't Help Ourselves

8. The Long Game
Risk Redefined, Fake Patterns Everywhere, Individual Investor Edge

9. The Push and the Pull
Fear in the Brain, Before the Boom come Doom and Gloom

10. Opportunity Knocks
Investing Hierarchy, Avoid Stock Picking, A Word on Gold, Running your Strategy, What to Read Next

I love the sense of humor and readability in what for many of us is a dry and challenging subject.
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