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The Forever Portfolio: How to Pick Stocks That You Can Hold for the Long Run Hardcover – November 13, 2008


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Portfolio Hardcover (November 13, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1591842115
  • ISBN-13: 978-1591842118
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.3 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #334,447 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

James Altucher is president and founder of Stockpickr LLC, which runs a thriving Web site that has been called the “MySpace for finance.” He is also a managing partner at the asset management firm Formula Capital, a columnist forThe Financial Times, a frequent guest on CNBC, and a nationally ranked chess master.

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James Altucher is a successful entrepreneur, chess master, investor and writer. He has started and run more than 20 companies, and sold several of those businesses for large exits.

He has also run venture capital funds, hedge funds, angel funds, and currently sits on the boards of several companies.

His writing has appeared in most major national media outlets (Wall Street Journal, ABC, Financial Times, Tech Crunch, Forbes, CNBC, etc). His blog has attracted more than 10 million readers since its launch in 2010.

James is a Top Quora Writer and a LinkedIn Influencer.

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26 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Concerned Reader on December 30, 2008
Format: Hardcover
The premise of the book is quite interesting---what are fundamental trends with significant tail wind? And, indeed, the author throws out some interesting ideas, like varicose vein treatments in response to obesity problems. That said, the book is horribly written---the author has about 20 pages of interesting content interspersed with 200 pages of random digressions, about his love of computer games and the longest words in the English language.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By D. N. Ivanoff on February 21, 2010
Format: Kindle Edition
This is a good book and i respect James efforts to steers us towards respectable companies.
However, as a standalone book it leaves much more to be desired. The students of trading need to revisit the writings of Toby Crabel and Linda Raschke in order to learn from real traders and hedge fund managers. These could be found here or on Ebay. From what i understand James does not trade full time.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By H. Allen on December 25, 2008
Format: Kindle Edition
I like the basic idea of the book that time is one advantage individual investors have. Unfortunately, I found the book superficial. The author is on to something but does not develop his thoughts well enough for the reader to take away a truly useful framework for investing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By geewhiz on May 31, 2014
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To me, this book seems better written than his more recent - and more popular - books. (I certainly hope this doesn't imply that poor writing leads to better sales!)

Despite detours into personal stories about poker, chess and other matters, the author offers some good ideas about long-term investing. The ideas aren't necessarily unique, but that doesn't make them worthless. For example, he suggests investing in companies with good management and a history of dividend increase. He also suggests using demographics for picking the sectors to invest in.

This book was published before the 2008 housing and financial crisis, so it is interesting to consider the author's specific recommendations with the benefit of hindsight. I'm not a stock analyst, but many of his picks seem to have survived the crisis, and perhaps even thrived. Altucher may have clumsy social skills, but he is a smart man with unique experiences and insights in investing and entrepreneurship.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Samuel T. Darnell Jr. on December 27, 2008
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I have the opinion that James Altucher is honest and intelligent. He has been burnt like many of us. He knows the system is so rigged that an ordinary investor has a minute chance against the PhD mathematics, computers, inside information, derivatives, short selling, options, etc, etc of the greedy elite. James tries to tackfully steer us to solid companies that still derive thier value from solid business principal of growth and dividend yield. I think the book is a great read to try to get your mind clear and refocused if necessary to reality. James is trying to help the average person and he is not trying to fill his own pockets at your expense. Refreshing and ethical.
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