Triumph of the Optimists: 101 Years of Global Investment Returns

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ISBN-13: 978-0691091945
ISBN-10: 9780691091945
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"By far the most important investment book in years. . . .It is the best and most complete source of data yet available. . . . If you spend an hour with it and don't learn anything worth the price then you're truly lousy at learning about markets. . . Right now, buying this book makes more sense than buying stocks."---Ken Fisher, Bloomberg Money

"Our favorite book on global stock market performance. . . . [It] epitomizes outstanding investment research. . . . Unless intelligent life is discovered on another planet and a stock market is found to have been operating there for some centuries, it is unlikely that much new data can be brought to bear on the issue of long-run stock returns. Triumph of the Optimists may well be the last word on the subject for some time to come.", Active Trader magazine

"Connoisseurs of financial history will find plenty to enjoy in Triumph of the Optimists. . . . The evidence produced by Mr. Dimson and his colleagues is striking, [and]. . . these issues are more than just academic. . . . A provocative lesson."---Matthew Lynn, Financial Times

"At the very least, this [book] suggests that the recent blind adherence to the cult of the equity needs to be questioned and that the strategic weighting of bonds in institutional portfolios should be increased."---Philip Coggan, Financial Times

"A model of how investor research should be carried out. . . . Like most great books, Triumph of the Optimists has us saying 'Wow!' and 'Unbelievable!' with startling regularity. . . . This is a book that belongs on every investor's bookshelf."---Victor Niederhoffer and Laurel Kenner, "Money" columnists,

"A brilliant new book."---Jason Zweig, Time


"Recent years have seen unprecedented public interest in the stock market, but there is a tendency for investors to concentrate on recent U.S. stock market performance. Progress in understanding financial markets requires a much longer timeframe and a global perspective. This book presents and analyzes data from many countries in a simple, standardized way that makes comparisons easy. It makes a number of extremely important points and goes well beyond simple summaries of average returns and historical volatilities to look at such issues as seasonality and industrial structure."―John Campbell, Harvard University

Product details

  • Item Weight : 3.25 pounds
  • Hardcover : 320 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 9780691091945
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0691091945
  • Publisher : Princeton University Press (January 1, 2002)
  • Product Dimensions : 8.6 x 1.26 x 11.28 inches
  • Language: : English
  • ASIN : 0691091943
  • Customer Reviews:
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