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The Manual of Ideas: The Proven Framework for Finding the Best Value Investments Hardcover – August 12, 2013
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"The Manual of Ideas: The Proven Framework for Finding the Best Value Investments provides an overview of nine value investing strategies, including why each one is expected to work, the uses and misuses of each, and how to identify specific investment opportunities for each strategy. It is a useful book both for those looking for a current overview of value investing and for the more experienced value investor seeking a critical analysis of value investing strategies and thoughts on methods for identification of specific investment opportunities."
—CFA Institute Book Review
“A highly recommended read to prepare for 2014, which could be much trickier than 2013.” (Strictly Financial, December 2013).
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Don't expect to be lectured with flowery prose on the merits of value investing or to be spoon-fed a bunch of back-tested investment ideas (although actual investment examples and companies of relevance are mentioned throughout the book). This is the thinking investor's book. Warren Buffett is quoted from time to time for having said that he wouldn't mind if the stock market were closed for five years [i.e. he's very comfortable with his investments]. I would liken "The Manual of Ideas" book to that, as in, if you could only get your hands on one investment book for the next five years, this is the book you want. I enjoyed all of the chapters -- John did an excellent job at balancing breadth and depth of topics and keeping the book at a reasonable length. The 'Key Takeaways' at chapter-end are helpful, as are the numerous commentaries from value fund managers. And the sourcing of information substantiates the hard, important work MOI does on a daily basis.
As a private investor with a highly-concentrated portfolio of mostly Japanese equities, the book was very relevant to this universe, as well as of course for sourcing and approaching U.S. (and int'l) equities. I find it hard not to be excited about the book as it truly complements MOI's other investment/information offerings. While the book is deserving of my highest praise and has received such high praise from all walks of value investors, to go on further would be redundant. Bottom-line: there is always room for improvement; rather than getting even ankle-deep in market "noise," do yourself a favor and read "The Manual of Ideas." My thanks to John for his sharing such wisdom and stimulating my own thinking/application of capital allocation and frameworks for the various value strategies.