For the past eight years, the U.S. stock market has been on a bull run the likes of which few have ever seen, making and breaking records almost every quarter. And for the last four of those years, David and Tom Gardner's self-described market-crushing stock portfolios have made the market's own incredible performance pale by comparison. In their third book, The Motley Fool's Rule Breakers, Rule Makers
, the brothers reveal the methodology behind their stock-picking success, which is impressive. The Rule Breaker Portfolio (formerly known as the Fool Portfolio on their Web site) has risen some 650 percent since its inception in 1994, thanks to stocks such as America Online, McAfee, and Wal-Mart, while the Rule Maker Portfolio (formerly known as the Cash King Portfolio) has risen 440 percent on the backs of investments in Microsoft, Cisco Systems, and Intel. Fans of the Motley Fool, who with luck have prospered from the Gardners' timely advice, will no doubt love Rule Breakers, Rule Makers
. The book is written in their usual humorous and self-congratulatory style--not only educational, but often aimed at making the pros on Wall Street wince, as they should. However, if you're new to the Motley Fool or to stock picking in general, you may do well by first considering one of their earlier books, You Have More Than You Think
and The Motley Fool Investment Guide
From Publishers Weekly
The sassy creators of the popular personal finance Web site and authors of the bestselling The Motley Fool Investment Guide (1997) now offer advice on how to evaluate the investment potential of specific companies. Here, the Gardners proffer five key principles by which to judge innovative "Rule Breaking" companies. Among them: "top dog-and-first-mover in an important emerging industry" (e.g., Amazon.com and Whole Foods Market); "sustainable advantage due to business momentum, patent protection, visionary leadership, or inept competitors" (Wal-Mart, Amgen); and "smart management and good backing" (Intuit). Yet, while the Gardners tell readers not to pay attention to analysts' expectations and earnings statements, they proceed to break their own rules, explaining that, as companies get more profitable and grow into "Rule Makers," investors should look to more traditional measurements such as sales-to-debt ratios, growth, etc. The book is certainly more fun than most stock-picking manuals, and the insights into company management are amusing. In discussing the poor performance of Boston Chicken, the authors write, "Rather than being inept, Boston Market wound up playing chicken with companies whose managers were smarter and more experienced hands at this game." However, novice investors may find the advice more difficult to follow than previous Motley Fool books. Author tour.
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