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Riding the Bear: Reap Huge Gains by Recognizing a Bear or Bull Market Paperback – March, 1999
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While the first half of the book is full of substantial and enlightening advice about reducing risk in bull markets, Harding offers only a meager 10 pages or so of light commentary on tools for profiting in down markets, namely short-selling and put options.
Having introduced short-selling and put options, he quickly abandons the subject, with barely a word of advice on how long to hold a short position, and not one word of guidance on executing an options trade.
If you want to learn how to avoid bear turns in bull markets, this book is worth the price.
But if you want to learn how to execute profitable options trades and short sales in a bear market, you won't find this book helpful.
Unfortunately, it falls down hard when it comes to specifics of how to deal with a bear market. The ideas put forth to time the market rely heavily on backtesting theories and seasonality. "If you followed this plan, you would have made X percent over 20 years instead of only Y". This may work in the future, or it may set you up for big disappointment. The methods of selecting stocks to short is also simplistic and dangerous. I give it zero stars for this aspect. I think the markets are too dynamic to rely on backtesting any timing theory.
There are also plenty of graphs in here, but Mark Twain's statement that there are lies, damn lies and statistics holds true. Some of the most important graphs are incomplete, and give a misleading impression. The most glaring is the Market Cap to GDP measure. I found another version of this graph, and the full graph is not so clear an indicator. The selective use of statistics is a turn off in this case.
Read this book, but only to compare it to other perspectives. Don't think you are going to rule Wall Street by spending $11 on this paperback.
Sy, your book is a true revelation. You are a born teacher and a real spirit. And you are someone the word TRUST, such a rarity in the financial professions, can be bestowed upon without any reservation. Thanks for your gift and sharing it with us. In deepest appreciation.
And to any skeptics, buy this book. It IS amazing and simple and makes so much sense. IT will change your investment ability forever.
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If you are a serious investor you need to read this book. Period. Good juxt to "The Intelligent Investor".Published 12 months ago by John C. Becker
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This is the best book on the subject I read so far!
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