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Contrarian Investment Strategies: The Psychological Edge Hardcover – January 10, 2012
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“David Dreman is known on Wall Street as a contrarian, a label that fails to appreciate his deep knowledge of the market and research into investor psychology. In Contrarian Investment Strategies: The Psychological Edge Dreman lays bare the deficiencies of the efficient market hypothesis, the investment rationale that states stock prices incorporate all known information. He also provides decades worth of data to show the woeful inaccuracy of analysts' forecasts. With the knowledge that the Street is marching to a flawed drumbeat, Dreman offers advice on how to react when markets misprice assets. Dreman has made a career of leaning heavily against the prevailing wind and for the most part, been highly successful. For those wary of following the herd, Dreman's thinking is revealing.” –Hebert Lash, Correspondent, Reuters
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David Dreman is the founder and chairman of Dreman Value Management L.L.C. in New York Red Bank, New Jersey, a firm which currently manages over 4 billion dollars of individual and institutional funds.
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Also, I would have liked a chapter on "here's how I go about finding investment candidates". It's very easy to run a screen for low P/E and low Price/Book Value stocks. However, more often than not, a deeper dive into the numbers reveals a company that is cheap for a reason. Of course its hard to find investments. Buffett and Munger only fund a few every year that they like. So I am not under an illusion that Mr. Dreman's book was going to be the holy grail for finding brilliant stock picks. Still, it would have been nice to know more about Dreman's methodology. He helpfully offers that his fund is available for those who wish to partake in his methods.
On the other hand, because psychology is so important in investing but the average investor still doesn't seem to realize that, Dreman needed to spend some time making his case for exactly why the strategies he would eventually present are effective. I think the book is organized such that an intelligent reader would be able to figure out what parts could be safely skimmed and which should be paid attention to if not all the material is of interest.
The weakest part of the book is the analysis of the ongoing financial crisis. In my opinion, the moral hazard introduced by the government, including the Federal Reserve, by bailing out the big banks is the single most important factor that created the current crisis. The Fed's big bailouts started soon after it was established and has conveyed to the big banksters that the Fed will always come to the rescue if things get bad. So go ahead and take as much risk as you want since you won't have to pay the penalty, and as long as things work out, you get to keep your winnings. And of course the most recent bailouts did nothing to lead the banksters to believe this won't happen continue. Dreman seems more optimistic about the future than I believe is warranted (not that he thinks it'll be a cake walk, but I don't believe he thinks it'll get too much worse), and he doesn't emphasize the importance of still haven't a full trading/investment plan in place with rules about when to get in and when to sell.
However, the strategies and psychological considerations make the book a worthwhile read, in my opinion. While it's not the best book on investing I've read, it's certainly not the worst, either.
In my opinion this is a must have book! I consider this book not for beginners due to the extensive data on market information; you need to have an understanding about P/E, P/B and other stock indicator to really appreciate this book. Let's assume you understand stocks; if you believe in Market Efficiency Theory you come to the right place, because David Dreman may provide a reality check for you. He has put together his extensive research for over 20yrs of stock performance and the information is just amazing. He studies how high P/E vs Low P/E behave on the long run. This book will give you psychological guidelines to keep your head from being speculative. It will make you mind strong in the investment world and most important to stick with your opinions.
NOW! Here is the thing in my opinion, if you already are a contrarian (Thinker) you can reinforce your approach to the market, But the first 200 page of the book will drive you crazy like happened to one of the reviewers, because Dreman destroy the EMT. If you don't follow EMT just skip the 200 pages and when you finish the book come back to the 200 page and read it. After the 200 page the book gets really interesting and powerful. Dreman conducted a numerous experiments that is really worth reading. THATS REALLY WORTH THE PRICE OF THE BOOK!!!.
Also is a good book for reference on your library don't throw this book away it will serve you well in the next bubble (either cloud or gold, :) So buying this book is worth every penny.