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4.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding book for the semi-sophisticated investor but not quite everything you need, October 2, 2005
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This review is from: Unconventional Success: A Fundamental Approach to Personal Investment (Hardcover)
Written by one of the brightest and most successful money managers, the book has straightforward advice on what assets should makeup a portfolio and what assets (and providers) should be avoided. He definitely picks a few bones with the mutual fund industry which of course has been done before in such books as "The Intelligent Asset Allocator" by Bernstein and "A Random Walk Down Wall Street", corporate governance etc. As mentioned elsewhere he also goes into detail about the importance of rebalancing your portfolio.

Pros:

1. Gives advice on companies which can be trusted and provide products and investments where the investors objectives are aligned with the products (stocks, etfs, government bonds etc).

2. Lists specific indecies and providers he favors over others. There are tons of etfs out there so it's helpful to see a list he likes. He goes into detail about why some are more efficient then others.

3. Straightforward writing and sections. Easy to skip things you may already know (e.g. most mutual funds should be avoided).

4. Written by someone whe has done this with great success himself.

Cons:

1. Spends long sections in the book going into perhaps too much detail on specific examples of assets to avoid.

2. Regarding #1, I would have preferred more detail on specific allocations and products he likes and how we should use them best.

3. His own asset allocation at Yale includes a substantially different asset mix but he never gives detail on why Yale buys these things (e.g. Hard Assets) but individuals can or should not.

4. No advice on any sample portfolio.

5. Some mention of DFA would be nice.

In the end, I still prefer William Bernsteins "The Intelligent Asset Allocator" but this book is right up there and is one of the best I have read in years (and I have read most all of them).
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