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Asset Allocation, 4th Ed Hardcover – December 20, 2007
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About the Author
Roger C. Gibson, CFA, CFP, is Chief Investment Officer of Gibson Capital Management, Ltd. (www.gibsoncapital.com), which advises high net worth individuals and institutional clients nationwide. An internationally recognized expert in asset allocation and investment portfolio design, Gibson speaks at conferences for financial professionals around the world and is quoted frequently in national media. He lives with his wife and business partner, Brenda, in a pre-Civil War farmhouse north of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
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If you know about asset allocation, asset classes, diversification, indexing, correlation, market capitalization, and other related investment concepts, Gibson's book may surprise you with how much more there is to know, and I don't simply mean more facts or the latest trends, but instead more and deeper understanding of the basic concepts. It will make good reference material to help you evaluate any advice you get elsewhere.
Gibson's book goes pretty deep into the theoretical, mathematical, and historical underpinnings of all the concepts that are more lightly covered (or skipped) in most popular investment books. It gives you the skill to establish an appropriate asset allocation instead of laying out a few for you to pick from.
The book seems to be mostly aimed at financial advisers to give them the means to educate their clients so the clients can understand the advisers' advice -- and to help the advisers give good advice! I think Gibson does an excellent job of presenting this difficult material in an organized and understandable way. After all, he is trying to teach the teachers! Even so, it requires careful study to get through since the subject matter is non-trivial.
I am somewhat surprised at how few reviews there are for this book. Perhaps this is because it is written for professionals rather than the general public. But you do want to be your own investment adviser, right? If so, this is the book for you.
If you plan to consult with an investment adviser I recommend you read this book before hearing any of the adviser's advice. You will be well prepared to ask good questions and to understand the answers. So I guess this book is for you even if you DON'T plan to be your own adviser!