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  • Paperback: 220 pages
  • Publisher: A Wealth of Wisdom LLC (November 30, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 098431251X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0984312511
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.4 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,033,784 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Kenneth G. Winans is a successful investment management entrepreneur, an award-winning author, and an active philanthropist.

For over 27 years, he has conducted landmark investment research and designed creative investment strategies while serving as a portfolio manager, investment analyst, broker and investor.

He is a regular guest on TV and radio shows nationwide and has had much of his investment research published as headline articles by leading websites, magazines and newspapers.

Ken is President and Founder of Winans International Investment Management it manages equity and fixed income investments for clients throughout the country and has won national acclaim for its success. In 2009, Winans International won the Small Business Commerce Association's national Best of Business Award. In 2008, Goldline Research ranked Winans International in Forbes Magazine as one of the 10 Most Dependable Investment Advisors.

He pioneered the development of several important investment indexes and technical indicators. In fact, The Winans International Preferred Stock Index (WIPSI)TM and the Winans International Real Estate Index (WIREI)TM (patent pending) are considered leading market indices in Wall Street publications and are used by major financial and academic institutions. The data is available through Global Financial Data.

In 2007, Ken wrote and published the first book on preferred stocks since the 1930s, Preferreds: Wall Street's Best-Kept Income Secret, a winner in the 2007 National Best Book Awards. 19-months later, he wrote and published his 2nd book Investment Atlas: Financial Maps to Investment Success. This investment history book reviews 200 years of events and how stocks, bonds and real estate reacted. It was the winner of the 2009 Next Generation Indie Book Award's highly competitive Finance category.

He is a Chartered Market Technician (CMT), and is President of the San Francisco Chapter of The Market Technician Association. He is also a member of the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Institute. Ken has a Bachelors degree in Business Economics from the University of San Diego and a Masters in Finance from the University of San Francisco. In 2004, USF named him one of its most celebrated graduates.

He serves as a trustee for several non-profit organizations such as: The Museum of Finance (New York City), The W Foundation (Novato), Chabot Space and Science Center (Oakland), and the Society of California Pioneers (San Francisco).


More About the Author

Kenneth G. Winans is a successful investment management entrepreneur, an award-winning author, and an active philanthropist.

For over 27 years, he has conducted landmark investment research and designed creative investment strategies while serving as a portfolio manager, investment analyst, broker and investor.

He is a regular guest on TV and radio shows nationwide and has had much of his investment research published as headline articles by leading websites, magazines and newspapers.

Ken is President and Founder of Winans International Investment Management it manages equity and fixed income investments for clients throughout the country and has won national acclaim for its success. In 2009, Winans International won the Small Business Commerce Association's national "Best of Business" Award. In 2008, Goldline Research ranked Winans International in Forbes Magazine as one of the "10 Most Dependable Investment Advisors."

He pioneered the development of several important investment indexes and technical indicators. In fact, The Winans International Preferred Stock Index (WIPSI)™ and the Winans International Real Estate Index (WIREI)™ (patent pending) are considered leading market indices in Wall Street publications and are used by major financial and academic institutions. The data is available through Global Financial Data.

In 2007, Ken wrote and published the first book on preferred stocks since the 1930s, "Preferreds: Wall Street's Best-Kept Income Secret," a winner in the 2007 National Best Book Awards. 19-months later, he wrote and published his 2nd book "Investment Atlas: Financial Maps to Investment Success." This investment history book reviews 200 years of events and how stocks, bonds and real estate reacted. It was the winner of the 2009 Next Generation Indie Book Award's highly competitive Finance category.

He is a Chartered Market Technician (CMT), and is President of the San Francisco Chapter of The Market Technician Association. He is also a member of the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Institute.

Ken has a Bachelors degree in Business Economics from the University of San Diego and a Masters in Finance from the University of San Francisco. In 2004, USF named him one of its most celebrated graduates.

He serves as a trustee for several non-profit organizations such as: The Museum of Finance (New York City), The W Foundation (Novato), Chabot Space and Science Center (Oakland), and the Society of California Pioneers (San Francisco).

Ken and his wife, Debbie, are long-time residents of Marin County and are active in industry and community groups. He is a renowned collector of artifacts from space exploration as well as antique financial documents. Many pieces of his collection are on display at leading museums coast-to-coast.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Mike Carr, CMT on March 3, 2011
Format: Paperback
At first glance, this book may appear to be an updated second edition of Ken's 2007 book, Preferreds: Wall Street's Best Kept Income Secret. Although written only three years ago, that was actually a long time in the current investment environment. The first book is an overview on what was then an almost forgotten investment instrument. This book is a review of the basics, and a retelling of the dramatic events that have occurred in the past few years. In Preferred Stocks, Ken also provides practical advice on how to invest in an understudied asset class.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Stephane P. Fitch on February 16, 2011
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The preferred share is the platypus of the investing world. It's not quite a stock and not quite a bond. It is just a little bit complicated, what with its credit rating and yield-to-call and so on. It is likely to underperform when the market goes on an upwards tear or into a major plunge. Preferreds are not easy to research at places like Yahoo! Finance. Big institutions usually avoid them because they're too thinly traded. No wonder most of us forget to even consider investing in preferred shares.

Given all that, Ken Winans has achieved something remarkable. He shows us that preferreds produce good risk-adjusted returns when markets are meandering--as they do much of the time. And he makes persuasive case that since most people forget preferred stocks, they should be a mainstay of any smart investor's life.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jim Wilson, CFA on December 8, 2010
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I have followed Ken Winans' research for years, and believe it to be some of the most creative work in the investment business. This is his best book yet! It offers a lot of valuable insight into the process of investing not found in other books.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Phillip W. Dewitt on June 23, 2012
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The purpose of the book seems to be to try to convince the investor that its too difficult to learn to invest in Perfered Stock,but for a big fee his company will do it for you. While there is some good information in the book but there is very good information on the FFC website for free.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lou M on September 13, 2013
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Clearly identifies the risks and rewards of this assert class . The characteristics and history of preferreds are summarized. The most surprising assertion and presentation was how technical analysis is applicable to evaluating a "momentum" based approach for a fixed income investment. For fixed income investors certainty of return takes precedence over price regression returns. I found the historical yield spread tables to be the most useful since the preferred yield spreads are compared to yields of corporates ,minus ,10yr and 90 day going back to 1900. Although not required for comprehension , some technical analysis - such as trend crossovers - would be helpful.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nino@SRC on July 13, 2012
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Excellent practical advice from a 30-year successful investment professional on how to invest in an often overlooked asset class.Ken Winans shows that preferreds produce good risk-adjusted returns. Since preferreds are largely unnoticed by investment pros, they warrant a close look and possibly a spot in your portfolio.
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