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Vs The Trival Many
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This is a
small, and powerful book with one essential core idea or key thesis about the behavior of
a select group of market plays. Like many successful investment strategies, the edge is
found by taking information that is readily available, and applying a unique perspective.
His strategy is based on a divergence of behavior from the expected behavior of this select market group. It is explained in less
than two pages and has the Its so obvious, why didnt I see it?
simplicity that underlies powerful investment strategies.
He starts by
examining the three key reasons why investors lose money in the market. Although we might
argue there are many more reasons, the ones he selects are amongst the most common. Having
identified them, he spends a chapter on each examining solutions that he has found
It is from
these solutions that his understanding of the Vital Few emerges. More importantly, he
explains how these are identified, how their activity is tracked, and how an investor can
use this activity to improve their personal investment decisions. He uses a simple matrix
to evaluate the factors in each investment decision. There are no secrets here. He
explains the process clearly and provides good examples.
The final three
chapters are an antithesis of the first three. He demonstrates how his key idea is applied
to sharpening the investors ability to process investment information from a multitude of
sources. He provides a logical solution to the problem of investment timing when to
buy and when to stand aside from the market. Finally he details the web sites and reports
where readers can collect the information necessary to apply the strategy he has detailed.
Many of these sites are free.
deceptively easy to come up with an interesting theoretical idea about ways to win in the
market. When the author advises sixty money management firms with around one trillion
dollars under management we know he speaks with authority and experience.
This is an
excellent and challenging book. At less than 100 pages and for under US$16.00 it contains
enough information to make a significant difference to your investing and trading
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