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Riding the Bear: Reap Huge Gains by Recognizing a Bear or Bull Market Paperback – March 1, 1999


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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Adams Media Corporation (March 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1580621546
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580621540
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.3 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #192,810 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Author

Thanks to the exciting bull market of the 1990s, there are now more than 40 million investors in the U.S., and they have far and away more money, and a higher percentage of their net worth at risk in the market than ever before in history. Unfortunately, 85% of that money flowed into the market in just the last five years, and so has never experienced a bear market or anything like a bear market. Most of those new investors are not only unprepared, but are unaware of what they will inevitably face at some point, sooner rather than later. I fear for them. And I despair in the knowledge that a book by an unknown author will reach so relatively few of them. I hope readers will help spread the word of its value. Shakespeare or a John Grisham novel it is not. But honest, outspoken, and unafraid to tromp on Wall Street's self-serving propaganda it is. Riding the Bear will be a virtual life jacket for those it reaches.

About the Author

Sy Harding is the founder and president of Asset Management Research Corp., which has been providing stock market research to institutions and serious investors for 12 years. He publishes Sy Harding's Street Smart Report, an investment advisory newsletter. Mr. Harding has been consistently ranked in the "Top 10 Market Timers in the U.S.", compiled by Timer Digest, and is frequently quoted in the financial media.

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This book is a must read to all investors, beginning and advanced.
Hygiea1313@aol.com
He explains that markets are like a river and that all stocks eventually are swept up in its current whether it is a bear or bull market.
Steve Burns
Thank God there are people like Sy Harding who give the real scoop on what the Wall Street hypesters are all about.
Linda M. Brown

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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Eric Rachner on April 19, 2005
Format: Paperback
This book is all about avoiding bearish turns in bull markets, and not, as the title claims, about profiting from bear markets.

While the first half of the book is full of substantial and enlightening advice about reducing risk in bull markets, Harding offers only a meager 10 pages or so of light commentary on tools for profiting in down markets, namely short-selling and put options.

Having introduced short-selling and put options, he quickly abandons the subject, with barely a word of advice on how long to hold a short position, and not one word of guidance on executing an options trade.

If you want to learn how to avoid bear turns in bull markets, this book is worth the price.

But if you want to learn how to execute profitable options trades and short sales in a bear market, you won't find this book helpful.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 30, 2000
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Riding the Bear is half good. There is useful perspective information on the history of the markets, how they tend to cycle, and some very interesting measurements of bear and bull runs. The sordid past of Wall Street brokers gets a good airing. For a long term perspective on the importance of watching your investments closely, it gets 5 stars.
Unfortunately, it falls down hard when it comes to specifics of how to deal with a bear market. The ideas put forth to time the market rely heavily on backtesting theories and seasonality. "If you followed this plan, you would have made X percent over 20 years instead of only Y". This may work in the future, or it may set you up for big disappointment. The methods of selecting stocks to short is also simplistic and dangerous. I give it zero stars for this aspect. I think the markets are too dynamic to rely on backtesting any timing theory.
There are also plenty of graphs in here, but Mark Twain's statement that there are lies, damn lies and statistics holds true. Some of the most important graphs are incomplete, and give a misleading impression. The most glaring is the Market Cap to GDP measure. I found another version of this graph, and the full graph is not so clear an indicator. The selective use of statistics is a turn off in this case.
Read this book, but only to compare it to other perspectives. Don't think you are going to rule Wall Street by spending $11 on this paperback.
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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 6, 2003
Format: Paperback
After finding this book in a second hand book shop, I decided to buy and read it. I noticed it predicted the bear market to come and it was actually written in 1999, two years BEFORE the bear market actually started. It seemed to make such good sense and I decided I would try the seasonal strategy. Like many, I had gained and lost spectacularly over the past seven years. Im a really good stock picker, but I just had no guiding strategy. This book appeared to actually made some sense out of what I could do, with its seasonal strategy approach. The result: In 2002, a year when the average mutual fund lost -23%, I gained +17% on my portfolio. And I sold and BOOKED the 17% profit in May. Then, as Sy advises, I bought back in again, in November. My stocks are up +55% for the last six months----and---I am getting ready to SELL! What a far cry from before! True, I made some great picks this year. But I now have a strategy,learned from this book, that will allow me to KEEP my profits by knowing WHEN TO SELL!!
Sy, your book is a true revelation. You are a born teacher and a real spirit. And you are someone the word TRUST, such a rarity in the financial professions, can be bestowed upon without any reservation. Thanks for your gift and sharing it with us. In deepest appreciation.
And to any skeptics, buy this book. It IS amazing and simple and makes so much sense. IT will change your investment ability forever.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 29, 2001
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Sy Harding's book contains stock market strategies that will prevent you from being a victim (and about 80% of investors do poorly in the market). Many investing books are written by successful and well-known market mavens yet they are often hard to read and their major points murky (Tom Dorsey's 1995 "Point and Figure Charting" is essentially unreadable ...). Not so here. Hardings book is very well-written and complete. It was written in 1999, he warned of a huge bear market coming. Historical perspective is given to show how old man Kennedy and others financially raped the small investor on repeated occasions ... Hardings clearcut explanation of the seasonal effect (buy around Nov 1 and sell around May 1)is noteworthy. Stockcharts dot com provides the Moving Average Convergence Divergence (MACD) line info for free, that Sy wrote about. Every small investor needs this book. Sy has a site in his own name that is worthy of your viewing. Can't think of a better gift for an investor than this book.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 16, 1999
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This is a wonderful book which describes a system for entering and exiting the market based on seasonal patterns. It is an easy read, even for the beginning investor. Mr. Harding is known as a superb market timer. Much of his work is based on technical analysis, leading one to believe that this book could have been difficult to follow. Nothing could be further from the truth. A number of popular myths about investing are debunked. I expect that followers of the timing system proposed will do much better than buy and holders in the bear market that is sure to come.
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