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The Zeitgeist Investor: Unlocking The Mind of the Market Kindle Edition

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  • File Size: 215 KB
  • Print Length: 74 pages
  • Publisher: Endeavour Press Ltd. (November 13, 2013)
  • Publication Date: November 13, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00953I1FY
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This book is about how our many human emotional and thinking biases affect our investing behavior and returns, most often for the worst. A much longer treatment of the book topics (and even more such issues) can be found on the author's "The Psy-Fi Blog" website, and you can find an RSS feed there.

The book definitely contains interesting and engaging information, and it does a fair job of providing examples of the various biases through historical and current market conditions. It also discusses various types of biases in the context of famous (and not so famous) past and current investors.

I really liked the way the book mentioned past scientists who tried to introduce new ideas into society -- and their ideas were right -- but society did not accept them until much later, and often only after the scientists died. This is an example of how the author introduces very interesting stories and facts into the main narrative of the book; these kinds of things really add to the color and flavor and interesting nature of the book.

So it's quite an interesting book; the author enriches it with interesting stories that exemplify the principles being explained; and often the author's sense of humor shows up well in various sentences scattered throughout the book.

My main issue with the book is that many -- and I do mean many -- sentences in the book seem much too long and awkward to me. I found myself _repeatedly_ having to reread sentences multiple times to parse the grammatical phrase and clause structure of the sentences, to see where the missing comma or emphasis should be in order to have the sentence make sense.
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I feel that this book tells the truth about the markets. There are certain facts about investing which you will never read about within books written by the big publishers.
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I have read dozens of books on investing, trading and behavioral finance. I found the author to be very perceptive in the way he explains behavioral biases within historical contexts. This book is well written and flows well. The ideas are presented in a concise manner. This will go on a list of books that I come back to every couple of years for subsequent readings. There is no fluff here, this book gets right to the point, and stays on it. I also recommend the author's blog.
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