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The Big Tech Score: A Top Wall Street Analyst Reveals Ten Secrets to Investing Success Hardcover – December 22, 2000

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"Mike Kwatinetz understood the benefits and potential of Gateway's business model long before most people on Wall Street knew who we were." -- Ted Waitt, Founder and Chairman, Gateway

"One of those 5 or 6 'must-reads' that should be in everyone's personal investment library." -- Scott Schoelzel, Portfolio Manager, Janus 20 Fund

"This insightful book is required reading for investors. ... Definitely NOT for those who fear the consequences of their own personal financial success." -- John Koten, Editor-in-Chief, Worth Magazine

. . . a book that gives investors a tool kit for evaluating and timing investments in technology stocks. -- Worth Magazine

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Insights for today's hot stocks and winning strategies for tomorrow's from one of Wall Street's top tech analysts

On today's Wall Street, stocks are more volatile than ever-and high-tech investments, despite their popularity and potential for meteoric success, are considered particularly risky. However, with the proper know-how, it is possible to master the rewarding but serious business of high-tech investing. This informative and engaging primer from one of Wall Street's leading tech analysts shows you how.

The Big Tech Score reveals not only why certain technology companies succeed while others falter and disappear but teaches you how to decide when-or if-to cash out on your investments. Here you'll find a practical, step-by-step game plan that will give you the tools to make your own judgments. Learn how to hone the diligence and research skills you need to succeed, how to filter through the flood of financial information and come up with an independent assessment of how much a stock is worth, and how much time as well as money to devote to your investments. You'll never be dependent on "expert" advice again-because you'll be the expert.

In addition to providing invaluable wisdom that will help you beat the pros, The Big Tech Score offers a fascinating insider's look at some of the most well-known companies of the past decade, including Dell, Amazon, Microsoft, and Gateway, along with a discussion of which businesses will rule the post-PC era. You'll gain insights into the hottest technological trends of the recent past as well as a heads-up on which ones are likely to impact your investment decisions in the future.

If you want to score a 25% return on your stock investments and more money than you could ever hope to save from your job, take advantage of the priceless guidance in The Big Tech Score-the closest thing to a sure thing there is.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (December 22, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471395927
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471395928
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,881,503 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 28, 2001
Format: Hardcover
The authors set high goals for you and for themselves. "I want your stock investments to yield a 25 percent return." " . . . [T]his book is going to help you achieve those results." All of us would agree that such results are highly desirable. History suggests, however, that we are unlikely to achieve them. This excellent book is flawed by overoptimism about outperforming the averages. That arrogance is the only major flaw in what is otherwise a solid look at how to find higher performing technology stocks. The basic approach is a balanced one that involves concentrating your investments in individual stocks (generally recommended to be 30 percent of less of your portfolio) in 4 - 7 stocks; buy them cheap (and sell them high); do your homework before investing; find very fast revenue-growing companies (25+ percent) with great management who are long-term thinkers which customers love; and realize that best stocks are cheaper than you think.
Mr. Kwatinetz is a well-respected PC hardware and software analyst, and the book is filled with excellent examples of how he correctly followed Microsoft and Dell to glory. He is also scrupulously honest, and tells you as much about his mistakes as about his successes. I liked this quality of the book very much. Another valuable element of the book is found in the many interviews with top institutional investors who share their experiences with success and failure. Borland is a recurring theme in these discussions. The company promised a breakthrough and did not deliver on time, and the window of opportunity closed on them. This message is part of the buy great management lesson.
The authors warn about 7 deadly sins. These are hastiness, omission, arrogance, negligence, submissiveness, lethargy, and greed.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 30, 2002
Format: Hardcover
If you find this book helpful, that's an indication that you need to learn a lot more before you consider investing in individual tech stocks. The "advice" in this book varies between obvious, stupid, and silly.
Some things I disliked about the book:
* Gimmicky Money Magazine-like lists. "10 Secrets to Investing Success". "The Seven Deadly Sins of Investing."
* Here are the stocks he thinks you should have bought 10 years ago: Microsoft, Cisco, Applied Materials. Gee, thanks Mike. Now here are the stocks he thinks you should have bought in 2001, when this book was published: VA Linux, Ask Jeeves, Blue Martini. I am not making this up.
* Ultra-ultra-ultra basic advice. How to calculate a P/E given price and earnings. Buy companies with great management teams. Invest in companies who are taking share.
* Lots of fluffy stories about how the web is going to change our lives. Didn't this junk go out of style in the spring of 2000?
If you choose to buy this book, put it in your bookcase right next to "Dow 36,000" in the "what the hell was I thinking buying this book" section.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By johner2 on January 18, 2001
Format: Hardcover
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Mike Kwatinetz's outlines his approach to investing which is comprised of a dose of good common sense coupled with a easy-to-use set of analytical modeling techniques. This allows the investor to get beyond the hype that is so prevelant in today's tech environment to really get at understanding what's really going on in a company and what a company's "real" potential is. The book is full of useful antecdotes from Mike's vast Wall Street experience and network which provide valuable insight into how some of the best and brightest money managers and technology executives think. The easy readability of the book is another strong positive. You don't need a PhD. in Finance to understand it -- but even those with PhDs will get a lot out of it. If one of your new year's resoultions is to improve your personal finances, start by buying and reading this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rolf Dobelli HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on April 8, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Mike Kwatinetz and Danielle Kwatinetz Wood, a father-daughter team, have written a readable volume of investment advice that will impress you with its fundamental soundness, if it does not dazzle you with buzzwords and newfangled formulas. With advice that flies in the face of the mantra of portfolio diversification, Mr. Kwatinetz shows how to narrow your portfolio and thereby compete with Wall Street professionals. The authors warn you away from the minefields sown by short-term thinking and guide you toward making that big stock-market score you've been hoping to achieve. The volume's Q & A sessions with stock market gurus are interesting, but appear to be afterthoughts. We from getAbstract recommend this book to regular investors and Wall Street insiders alike.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By John C. Dunbar on March 16, 2001
Format: Hardcover
This book was fairly easy to read. The author made it very interesting. Most important points are his insights into growth investing and how to make it different than the other popular methods.
Although there are lots of quantitative recomendations, I particularly liked his qualitative ones. For example, his recommendations on how to size up management were very good.
I think it would be easy for anyone to follow his quantitative advice: coming up with ways to screen out stocks based on financial statistics. But the real test is in applying the qualitative screens -- this is what makes the horse race.
In this light, his comments on: competitive advantage, loving companies that customers love, looking for long term thinkers were great.
On the negative side, I think he could have better described the relationship between growth rates and PE ratios. Also, I think he knows alot more than he has told us. I hope he comes out with another book, or a newsletter that describe his views.
I enjoyed his discussion about how growth rates return to a mean, and how to adjust your PE ratios to use next years numbers. Although his discussion of competitive advantage was good, I think there's a lot more here that could have been discussed.
Overall, I rank it as "HIGHLY RECOMMENDED."
John Dunbar
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