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Mutual Funds: Risk and Performance Analysis for Decision Making 1st Edition

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ISBN-10: 0631215611
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'This marvelous compendium of mutual fund information is an answer to the prayers of investors who want to dig beneath the superficial to reach the fundamental. Dr. Haslem's book is more than a textbook. It is perhaps the first substantive attempt to evaluate mutual funds from an academic and historic perspective. I commend it highly to the serious investor.' John C. Bogle, Founder and Former CEO, The Vanguard Group <!--end-->

‘Like a master anthologist, Professor Haslem has collected the best ideas of the past twenty years on how to select and evaluate mutual funds, and he's assembled them into a cohesive, highly readable work. If you're seeking order out of the chaos of competing lists of ‘10 Funds to Buy Now,’ then this is the book for you.’ Don Phillips, Managing Director, Morningstar, Inc.

'I am confident that Haslem will be recognized as having written the definitive book on mutual funds bar none. I have seen most of the books in this area, and nothing comes close to the coverage. I will recommend the book to anyone who has an interest in this area, and certainly to anyone needing something to use for instructional purposes.' Charles Jones, North Carolina State University

'This masterfully written book is a ‘must read’ for those who want to make informed decisions about mutual funds. Jack Haslem's definitive treatment of the subject sets a new standard for excellence. His clarity of style and solidity of research result in fascinating reading.' H. Kent Baker, American University

'Haslem's realistic, thoroughly researched perspective on mutual funds is must reading for both investors and fund managers. This is one those solid books that results from a strong academic background in investments and a balanced view of the financial markets.' Bob Edmister, University of Mississippi

'Professor John Haslem has written a very thorough and detailed book on mutual funds. This book will be very useful as a text for a course on mutual funds, a supplementary text for a standard investment course, and a must reading for anyone aspiring to be a certified financial planner.' Robert Krainer, University of Wisconsin

Book Description

This authoritative book enables readers to evaluate the various performance and risk attributes of mutual funds, while also serving as a comprehensive reference for students, academics, and general investors alike. Providing a balance of theory and application, the chapters combine clear summaries of existing research with practical guidelines for mutual fund analysis. The chapters cover a broad range of topics, including understanding the advantages and disadvantages of mutual funds and long and short-term investing, evaluating stock/bond allocations within fund portfolios, assessing fund diversification risk, measuring fund returns and risk, and making fund buy/sell decisions. Throughout the text, step-by-step decision checklists guide readers in the analysis and selection of various mutual funds. Treating all the major theoretical issues in mutual fund analysis and portfolio management, this book is both a thorough resource and a practical guide.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 596 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell; 1 edition (March 7, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0631215611
  • ISBN-13: 978-0631215615
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 1.4 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,816,009 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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John A. Haslem is Professor Emeritus of Finance in the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland. He served as founding academic affairs dean and founding chair of the finance department. He received the Panhellenic Association's "Outstanding Teacher Award" for his first of a kind mutual funds course. Haslem studied at Duke University, Harvard University, and the University of North Carolina, and he taught at the University of North Carolina and on the faculty of the University of Wisconsin. His research has appeared in the Journal of Finance, Journal of Business, Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, Journal of Money, Credit and Banking, Financial Analysts Journal and Journal of Investing, among numerous others. He also has contributed six books, including Mutual Funds: Risk and Performance Analysis for Decision Making. Haslem served as personal financial consultant to the Director of Supersonic Transport, U.S. Department of Transportation; and consultant and expert witness to two divisions of the U.S. Department of Justice (including the Supreme Court case, U.S. v. State of Louisiana), and financial consultant to the Goddard Space Flight Center of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

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This book is a must read for any financial advisor or planner offering mutual funds. The book goes over in great detail risk, expenses, and returns involved with mutual funds as well as the management (or lack thereof). Also good reading for any client of a financial planner to see what their investments are actually "costing" them.
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This book has a wealth of information contained within it. However, it is very, very hard to read at times. If you are a professional or student in the field, this is a great addition to your library. If you are an average person looking to better understand the stock markets and mutual funds, look elsewhere.
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