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* Don’t buy it to give me something. I don’t get anything from sales of this book. Neither does Mebane Faber, who is giving all of the profits to charity.
* Don’t buy it to read my article. You can read it for free here. Better, you can read the updated version of the article, which I publish quarterly, here. (Those reading this at Amazon, there are links at my blog. Google “Alephblog The Best Investment Writing” to find them.)
* Don’t buy it to get current ideas. There are none here. The weakness of the book is that the articles are dated by 9-21 months or so, BUT… that doesn’t keep the book from being relevant.
* Don’t buy it if you want one consistent theme. It’s like reading RealMoney.com, except with a broader array of authors. There is no “house view.”
* Don’t buy it for the graphics in the book. The grayscale images in the book are good for black & white, but some are hard to read. The graphs for my article are far better at my blog.
The book is a good one because there is something for everyone here. Do you want quantitative finance? There is a good selection here. Do you want good basic articles about how to think about investing? There are a good number of those as well, particularly from well-known financial journalists, and some of the most well-regarded bloggers. Do you want a few unusual articles that might cause you consider some asset sub-classes or techniques that you haven’t considered before? They are here too.
The writers fall into four buckets — journalists, asset managers, pundits/authors, and those who sell information at their websites. I will tell you that my personal favorites from this volume are Tom Tresidder, Mebane Faber, Chris Meredith, Ben Carlson (how was he the only one with two articles in the book?), Jason Hsu & John West, and Cullen Roche.
Don’t get me wrong, I like almost all of the authors in this volume, and am proud to be featured among them. For a number of them, though, I would have picked other things they have written in 2016 that had more punch, and offered more of a difference in perspective.
Why buy this? After you read this, you will be a smarter, more well-rounded investor. In my calculations, that’s pretty good — 32 articles that will take you 4 hours to read. Got seven minutes? Read an article; it just might help you a great deal.
Already stated, though if you don’t like statistics, one-third of the articles may not appeal to you. Also, a few articles veer into political commentary (not that I would ever do that 😉 ).
Summary / Who Would Benefit from this Book
Though almost anyone could benefit from this book, it is geared toward investors with intermediate-to-higher levels of knowledge and experience.
Faber rarely tries to reinvent the wheel. In fact, a lot of his work centers around studying and replicating the work done by others. That was the focus of Ivy and his more recent Invest With the House: Hacking the Top Hedge Funds, his collaboration with AlphaClone, and his excellent blog The Idea Farm.
True to form, Faber has compiled recent work from some of the best investment writers in the business into eminently readable new book, The Best Investment Writing: Selected Writing From Leading Investors and Authors.
As Faber comments, investors today are completely saturated with information and choice; “too many market experts shouting too many conflicting opinions at us,” which leads to bad investment decisions.
Faber has done his readers a service by hacking through the noise and leaving them with a curated volume of very solid and mostly timeless investment advice. This is not a “how to” book that will teach you a new trading system, and it certainly won’t give you a top-ten list of stocks to buy. But it will make you a better investor and give you a more nuanced perspective.
Only one article contains the original publishing date; while numerous articles make future expected return predictions.
One can google the specific articles to get the original publishing date, but that interrupts the flow of ones reading.
The chart on page 104 is unreadable, unless one holds it a few inches from his eye. You have four
shades of gray with thin black lettering written over it.