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“O'Shaughnessy, portfolio manager and contributor to financial media, aims to explore every facet of investment opportunities for Millenials. He offers his investment strategy for outperforming the market, based on five key attributes that, implemented together, become powerful.” ―Booklist

“O'Shaughnessy provides sound advice that will give millennials the advantages they need to improve their financial future.” ―Publishers Weekly

“Patrick has done something very unique: he's written a highly readable book that speaks up--not down--to young investors, while keeping things sophisticated enough so that even veteran investors will find indispensable insights within.” ―Joshua M. Brown, author of Clash of the Financial Pundits and on-air contributor to CNBC

“If someone had given me this book when I was in my 20s, I'd be a billionaire today. Buy this book for someone you love who is in their 20s. They will think kindly of you when they are in their 60s.” ―Barry L. Ritholtz, Chief Investment Officer, Ritholtz Wealth Management

“Patrick has got it right. The sooner you start investing, the more you make. Patrick's recommendation to invest broadly in international stocks is also spot on for young investors. This book is a must read for anyone from their 20's to 40's.” ―Tim McCarthy, Former President, Charles Schwab and author of The Safe Investor

“Most young investors I know have abandoned stocks, and that's a big mistake. O'Shaughnessy lays out a clear path for building wealth over a lifetime with a key message: start now, invest globally, and master your own behavior.” ―Meb Faber, CIO, Cambria Investment Management, and author of The Ivy Portfolio

“Patrick O'Shaughnessy has written an accessible, thought-provoking guide to helping Millennials make the right financial decisions.” ―Kevin Roose, Bestselling author of Young Money

“Patrick's book is a must read for my generation, and anyone who cares about building a more secure life for themselves and their loved ones. His message is clear: the time to act is now and the future is ours to take!” ―Bryce Dallas Howard, Actress

About the Author

Patrick O'Shaughnessy is a portfolio manager at O'Shaughnessy Asset Management where he manages money for individuals and institutions. He is a contributing author to What Works on Wall Street (Fourth Edition) by James O'Shaughnessy and has been featured in Fortune, The Wall Street Journal's ‘Market Watch,' The Street.com, and Advisor Perspectives , where he has won the Top 25 Venerated Voices™ award by author. Patrick is an expert in investment strategy research and is also a Chartered Financial Analyst®. He lives in New York City with his wife and son.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press (October 14, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1137279257
  • ISBN-13: 978-1137279255
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 0.8 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #108,904 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I remember when I first read the Intelligent Investor and the way that Ben Graham came out with some very simple portfolio level recommendations, such as beginning with a portion of your funds in bonds and some in stocks. In fact, he went further to recommend a 50/50 split. But as you continued to read the book, what unfolded before you was not a simpleton but a brilliant intellect unpacking example after example for you. Anyone who would have written off his initial generalizations simply because they were too simple, would have greatly underestimated the reasoning that went into reaching those conclusions and the stability of his intellectual foundations.

I have the same feeling about this book. In this book he proposes broad portfolio policies. But I think anyone who ignores them will be much less wealthy in the long run. This book is one of my favorites. I highly recommend it.
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After reading I purchased copies for my siblings to read and then pass on to their kids who are in their teens and twenties. Very accessible and sound advise. Just wish there was some way I could really convince my nieces and nephews to read the darn thing.
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$25,000 invested at age 25 with a normal growth profile would become 1.5 million when their Social Security age arrives. Invest it better, by prudently choosing great companies to buy, and it could become $3 million. A worthy book to guide this result is Millennial Money: How Young Investors Can Build a Fortune, by Patrick O’Shaughnessy, Its theme is that with so much information readily available, Millennials can become the most successful investing generation in history!! It is persuasive, cleverly written, never snide, and very optimistic. HIghly recommended.
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I had low expectations for “Millennial Money” because I have been in investing for more than a decade, know about investing from my own experience and mistakes, and have read a lot on this topic. This book was recommended (advertised) by one of the bloggers I periodically read, so I decided to have a look at the book in case I needed to recommend something helpful to someone else.

Unfortunately, even with my low expectations I was greatly disappointed and will not recommend this book to anyone. There are many much cheaper and more thoughtful books available, not to mention a lot of free information on the internet.

This book contains no original ideas, some anecdotal evidence, and a lot of unnecessary personal experiences shared by the author. I think the author was trying to relate to his target audience by using his personal experiences and adapting his writing style, but failed to recognize that most of the millennials are less fortunate and face a very different economic reality (they are NINJA’s – no income, no job, no assets).

Update: I periodically see superb recommendations of this book written by some investment professionals who are apparently friends with the author. Some of them even put this book on the list of the best investment books and sandwich it between Market Wizards and The Intelligent Investor. What a shame! It looks like the authors works very hard to promote and sell his book.
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This book is a must read for any millennial or any financial advisor. Patrick does a great job striking the balance between making the book an easy read while writing at a very high level. Highly recommended for those in the financial services industry or those just looking to save for financial independence. I was extremely motivated to save more and invest smarter after the read. Any young person that you buy this book for will thank you in thirty years!
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If you picked up this book on the strength of the O’Shaughnessy name, you may be disappointed to realize that the author is not the founder of O’Shaughnessy Asset Management, but his millennial-aged son. However, that shouldn’t deter you from reading what turned out to be one of the most interesting investment books I’ve ever encountered, especially if you fit into the target demographic of young people with a long investment horizon ahead of you.

What makes this book so interesting is that it’s not only about specific investment advice, but about the larger issues that affect our investments. The first section addresses larger economic trends, including the inflation associated with the absence of a gold standard, to argue that young investors need to completely rethink the definition of “risk” in an investment. The risk isn’t crazy fluctuations in the short-term, but rather the loss of purchasing power due to steady inflation over the years. On a similar note, O’Shaughnessy argues that individual investors are actually better able than fund managers to achieve good returns over the long term, because we can disregard short-term fluctuations in our own portfolios, while fund managers are more concerned about keeping their jobs by avoiding any terrible but ultimately irrelevant losses in a single year or even quarter. O’Shaughnessy also says that we should take a global approach in our investing, citing the example of Japan in the 1990s to show that even the most successful-seeming industrial economy can be susceptible to devastating collapse.

The second section of the book presents the more typical discussion of a specific investing approach that the author recommends.
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