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Abnormal Returns: Winning Strategies from the Frontlines of the Investment Blogosphere Hardcover – May 8, 2012
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About the Author
Tadas Viskanta is the founder and editor of the financial blog Abnormal Returns, which is often described as a “must-read.” He is a private investor with more than 20 years of professional experience in the financial markets. Viskanta is the coauthor of Country Risk in Global Financial Management and articles in publications such as the Financial Analysts Journal and Journal of Portfolio Management.
Top Customer Reviews
It is well written, and has included many of his well balanced commentary.
There are no real strong applications of investment management beyond what is widely known to most active investors, but this book is a great start for those who are first making their foray into financial markets.
The abnormal blog is a well curated source of financial information, and I'm definitely a fan of his blogging, and this is a good addition to the author's body of work.
But it is not friendship that leads me to write the following: this is a really good book. Why? Every day, Tadas curates the best thoughts in finance. He finds them, he motivates them, and links to them. If I had just one site to visit everyday, it would be his, not mine. He's really good at finding the best content in finance.
But it goes a step further than that. Tadas is a very good blogger in his own right. It's not that he comes up with new insights, but he is very good at taking the insights of others and weaves them into a greater insight than the separate thoughts of the individuals. He finds themes, and he finds disagreements. Each provides good food for thought.
Now, if Tadas can do this on a daily basis, let's call him the Chief Synthesizer of the economics/finance/investment blogosphere -- then, what happens if he decides to take several steps back, and synthesize the grand themes he has seen in six years of writing his blog.
It's been a violent period, after all. Tadas has been blogging from the peak of residential real estate (October 2005), through the tail of the boom (October 2007), to the bust (March 2009), to the present. He keeps it relevant, and he doesn't take sides, which allows him to source the best content better.
So as he synthesizes the themes of the last six or seven years, he comes down to really basic ideas for each chapter: Risk, Return, Stocks, Bonds, Portfolio Management, Does Active Investing Work, ETFs, Global Investing, Alternative Assets, Behavioral Finance, Using Media, and the Lost Decade.Read more ›
I always read extensively, and in the past I have provided pointers to the best sources for investors. This year has been hectic on many fronts, and I have been negligent in passing on my conclusions.
In an effort to catch up, I want to focus on a few books that I regard as especially important for the individual investor. This is a time of year when many people are re-examining their methods and decisions. The books that I will highlight will provide a toolkit for your efforts.
If Santa did not leave the right investment books in your (over-sized) stocking, you need to take matters into your own hands!
The first suggestion is --
Abnormal Returns: Winning Strategies from the Frontlines of the Investment Blogosphere
A great book is effective for readers at many levels. This is a special challenge in the investment world, but the author has delivered.
Novices will learn concepts that are totally new;
Intermediates will advance their game, looking more deeply at the possible mistakes (Ch 5 is a good example);
Advanced traders will polish up key concepts and sources;
And even the experts will find a few gems to consider, perhaps mostly in examining their own biases.
This is a book that you will read to learn and re-read whenever issues arise. It should be on your bookshelf, as it is on mine.
What I Personally Liked Best
Chapter 11 -- Smarter Media Consumption -- is crucial. This is the author at his very best. Readers will learn about noise, excessive attention to headlines, finding the right experts and evidence, and why everyone "talks his book" when on TV.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent, common sense advice for people who are looking to take control of their investments, without dedicating their entire life to it.Published on April 17, 2013 by Tsachy Mishal
An objective realistic overview of different investing styles.
Also lightly touches on some topics that mystify most investors. Read more
The author trie to talk about all the investing world in general. A really good book that can be useful for everyone.Published on May 21, 2012 by Fabrizio Fiaschetti
When two amateurs play tennis, the one that makes the least amount of mistakes usually wins. The same rule often applies to investing except that what matters more is not the... Read morePublished on April 30, 2012 by Ivaylo
Tadas has been curating the world of financial news & research at his blog, Abnormal Returns, longer than anyone in the game. Read morePublished on April 29, 2012 by iheartWallStreet