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Taming the Money Sharks: 8 Super-Easy Stock Investment Maxims Paperback – August 19, 2013
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"Professor Philip Cheng is familiar with both the academic theory of investment and the real world of decision making. His book Taming the Money Sharks comprises a wealth of do's and don'ts for the individual investor to follow. Not even Professor Cheng can guarantee unlimited investment success, but the reader who follows the advice in this book will surely avoid making fundamental errors in managing his own investments. Taming the Money Sharks should be compulsory reading for all those who wish to invest rather than merely save money."
STUART LECKIE, OBE, JP, Chairman, Stirling Finance
"Philip Cheng provides a valuable service. Taming the Money Sharks does not condescend or tell people to leave investments to a 'professional.' Instead, he teaches people how to build on their own knowledge to trade stocks successfully, providing plenty of tips and real-life examples along the way. This is a useful book for people determined to take charge of their own investments."
JAME DiBIASIO, Editorial Director, AsianInvestor
"In the aftermath of the global financial crisis, it is essential that investors become better educated. In fact, this is one of the goals set by the G20 in terms of 'investor education and protection.' Sadly, not much progress seems to have been made so far. Taming the Money Sharks uses simple language and simple examples to explain how the markets work and makes them accessible to all. Philip's book can equip investors with some commonsense notions that seem to be so sorely lacking."
VERONIQUE A. LAFON-VINAIS, Associate Director, Center for Asian Financial Markets; Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Finance, HKUST
Down-to-earth strategies guaranteed to make you "shark-proof" while optimizing your investment returns
There are lots of books out there offering sure-fire formulas, fool-proof systems, and can't-lose schemes for making a killing in the stock market. What makes this book different is that it was written by a top investment professional with no interest other than to give the "little guy" a chance to realize his or her financial goals over time through prudent stock investing.
A Chief Investment Officer who, over the course of his long and distinguished career, has had as much as US$2 billion under management, author Philip Cheng knows all the tricks and games that the Big Boys play. In Taming the Money Sharks he distils a lifetime's experience into a set of 8 simple rules of the road that will help you steer clear of potential investing hazards (and the money sharks).
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The author, an ex-Chief Investment Officer, has played with many types of money sharks. Through his days of " fighting in the foxholes", the author suggested ways to avoid losing "blood" despite the money sharks........by co-existing with them.
Most stock investment books are uni-directional from author to investors. This book has a sample investment flowchart to guide the readers to set up their own flowcharts according to their own profiles. "Taming the Money Sharks" is not just another technical stock investment book, as this recommends to readers a life-style change.....to fit their own personalized situation! To ensure readers' benefits for all levels of investment experience, the author purposely avoided using complex financial terms.
The author recognized why most individual investors failed miserably in the stock markets despite their diligence and intelligence, as they lack 3 factors that money sharks possess: Time....Experience....Focus. This "Shark" book will set forth 8 simple ways that level the "playing field" for all!
The author is currently a popular internatinal conference speaker on investments. He took pains to write this book so readers worldwide can benefit for their entire life span......with better wealth, better health.....by consistently profiting from the stock markets!
It is truly refreshing to learn from this experienced author, as he simplified complex investment situations into actionable strategies and avoid common pitfalls, such as mis-information so common in the stock markets.
I am so glad that I bought this book as it is totally different than all my other investment books !
Highly recommended to the average Mom and and Pa investors.
The cover of the book says "8 Super-Easy Stock Investment Maxims" above the title. Actually I think for most people it is not "easy" to maintain discipline when it comes to managing an investment portfolio. They are constantly trying to make a quick and/or big profit, get filled with anxiety when prices go down, etc., which taxes their resolve to stick with a sensible plan. The author presents good advice about the planning aspect and maintaining one's discipline to stick to it.
Where I find the book to be lacking is its brevity with respect to details of methods on choosing stocks. Whether it be fundamental or technical analysis, he presents only a summary or overview which I feel may either confuse the reader because it doesn't have much depth, or a reader may try and pursue transactions solely on the methods in the book which need more elaboration. In order to perform ones due diligence, one needs to invest adequate time in analyzing and investigating the stocks one plans to buy. The author emphasizes this and presents a cursory view of what to look for but I just feel supplementing this with recommended texts (which I also felt he should have listed) would be helpful. I thought the appendix on technical analysis was more dangerous than helpful because someone unfamiliar with that method would probably not understand most of what was written.
This is a good book for beginning investors, as well as a good reminder for more seasoned ones to not get careless, hence the 4 star rating. Definitely I feel it warrants supplemental reading for more details about methodology and techniques, however.
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