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  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; 1 edition (8 April 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1118572300
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118572306
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 3.4 x 26.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 702,275 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Barton Biggs was a rare breed of investment strategist. His career spanned over five decades, and his advice to investors large and small earned him a reputation as one of the most forward–thinking money managers of his era. Now, by popular request, Biggs on Finance, Economics, and the Stock Market brings together the best writing this legendary figure produced during his long tenure as Morgan Stanleys Global Market Strategist. Between 1973 and 2003, Barton Biggs was a senior partner at financial giant Morgan Stanley. His weekly briefs to clients, made available to the general public for the first time in this book, were compilations of his investment research. They took the form of witty, intelligent, and often deeply philosophical letters. When it came to predicting the movements of markets, Biggs was often way ahead of the curve. He was famously maximum bullish on China as early as 1993. He foresaw the end of inflation in the 1980s and the collapse of the dot–com boom in the late 1990s. But Biggs had more than just keen market awareness. He had a unique brand of financial wisdom that makes his writings indispensible, even today. Thanks to Biggs on Finance, Economics, and the Stock Market , Barton Biggs timeless investor letters are finally collected and available to everyone. This book is a historical document, but its also a compendium of the insights of one of the worlds leading strategists. These insights are organized by topic for easy access. Mastering market history, economic policy, and globalization took Biggs a lifetime, and his clients were better off as a result. Thanks to this book, now anyone can learn from the master and put Biggs enduring strategies into practice. During the time he was partner there, Barton Biggs was one of Morgan Stanleys brightest stars. Biggs always encouraged taking the long view on markets. Thats what made his forecasts so widely sought–after, and thats what makes this book so essential for todays investor. In Biggs on Finance, Economics, and the Stock Market, Biggs approach is available to all in the form of his renowned letters, organized by topic: Market history and cycles Economics and policy Global and emerging markets Culture and travel Book reviews and recommendations

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Insider insights from a Wall Street legend Barton Biggs was one of the greats. He founded one of the first–ever hedge funds, created a top–ranked investment research department on Wall Street, predicted the dot–com bust, and guided readers of his weekly research notes to investment success. With their enduring wit, intelligence, and humanity, the investor letters Biggs wrote during his 38 years at Morgan Stanley were celebrated throughout the industry. Released from the archives in response to popular demand, the best of these letters are collected for the first time in Biggs on Finance, Economics, and the Stock Market. Biggs had a reputation for being ahead of the forecasting game, and readers of this book will find out why. His predictions were often controversial, and more often than not, they were spot–on. But most important, Biggs had an investing philosophy that endured through his five–decade career. Based on self–awareness, historical knowledge, and taking the long view, this is a strategy that any investor would be wise to emulate. Barton Biggs always had a way with words. The world is fortunate that he used his gift to drill into the core of finance and investing, and we are doubly fortunate to have access to his invaluable archives. Praise for Biggs on Finance, Economics, and the Stock Market Barton Biggs reputation as an independent and visionary thinker left a lasting impression on Morgan Stanley and fundamentally defined the way the Firm approaches Research, the department that he in fact founded. These writings represent the best of Bartona strategist ahead of his time who was able to look past the mechanics of the markets and traditional methods of analysis and take a more philosophical approach to investing. JOHN MACK, Former Chairman and CEO, Morgan Stanley Barton Biggs was a true thought leader in the industry. One of the first to look at investing from a global perspective, he championed a culture of innovative analysis and research throughout his time at Morgan Stanley. His colorful prose provided readers with more than investing advice; it was a lens through which to evaluate and contemplate not only market behavior, but society on the whole. Bartons approach was revolutionary in many ways, and for this reason, his perspective and insights on the markets still ring true today. THOMAS NIDES, Vice Chairman, Morgan Stanley Barton Biggs made many lasting contributions to Morgan Stanley during his time at the firm, including establishing our Research Department. His consistent ability to identify ideas and themes about markets enabled investors to think of things they otherwise wouldnt have. To this day, Morgan Stanley has a culture where analysts, and in turn their clients, are in constant intellectual pursuit. Barton motivated his colleagues and readers to take an inquisitive perspective and his example continues to inform and inspire how Morgan Stanley develops its research offering today. ADAM PARKER, Chief US Equities Strategist, Morgan Stanley Barton will always remain an inspiration for us because of his independent thinking, his curiosity, his prose, and his love of the debate culture that became the brand of Morgan Stanleys macro research. JOACHIM FELS, Chief Global Economist, Morgan Stanley

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The late Barton Biggs is undoubtedly known as the man who correctly predicted the dotcom bust. Above and beyond that claim to fame was a brilliant investment strategist whose thoughts, analysis and wit became a regular feature on Wall Street before his untimely death in 2012.

Towards the latter stages of a career spanning five decades, three of which were spent at Morgan Stanley, Biggs regularly penned his thoughts on crucial topics for his clients. This book chronicles Biggs’ thinking from 1980 to 2003 covering two out of three decades of conjecture and observations at the investment bank.

Straight from Morgan Stanley’s archives, with an introduction by its current Chairman and CEO James Gorman, this weighty volume of over 400 pages, split into six sections, lives up to its market billing. In a sense, it is in parts a historical examination and in parts forward thinking of economics and market dynamics.

Passages and references are appropriately dated, and where necessary substantiated by Morgan Stanley Research graphs and charts. Upon reading it, you’ll get Biggs’ take on emerging markets, via his much coveted weekly briefs. Many commentators have opined that he was the first of a growing crop of global investment strategists towards the turn of the 1990s.

This book gives you an insight into why they thought so. While you may or may not agree with Biggs’ thoughts, the wit with which the notes have been packaged is undeniable. Especially as most of them were penned for clients and not originally intended for publication.

The one caveat worth attaching is that you’ll need a mid to high level of investment knowledge to fully appreciate it. Furthermore, given its size and coverage time span of 20-plus years, it cannot be classified as a quick read and a bit of historical context is required too. Overall, a thoroughly good read that I enjoyed immensely.
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Biggs was not only a great investor, but he was a terrific writer as well.
Writing about finance - and making it interesting - is a very difficult task. Too many financial books and journal articles these days are notable for the fact that they all sound alike. The same observations, complaints, over-optimistic or doomsday forecasts, and the frustrated opinions of arrogant authors who can't understand why the world does not hang with bated breath on their every word. In short it makes most of them boring and inaccessible.

Not so with the late Barton Biggs. He had a writing style that seems effortless, and very conversational in tone. This book is very accessible - you don't have to be a financial whizz kid to enjoy it. It should appeal to serious investors, those who just dabble occasionally in the markets, as well as students and those who are simply interested in how the world of finance works. I recommend this book and if you like it you will probably enjoy one of Biggs' other offerings - ' Hedgehogging'.
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By Clem Fandango VINE VOICE on 22 Sep 2014
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UK readers might well ask, who is Barton Biggs? The blurb explains-" Barton Biggs was a rare breed of investment strategist. His career spanned over five decades, and his advice to investors large and small earned him a reputation as one of the most forward–thinking money managers of his era'. In this collection of essays, the investment's guru's words of wisdom are collected and disseminated for the edification of entrepreneurs and students of business who will,I'm sure find something of value within.
The pieces herein offer both a micro and macroeconomic analysis of trends and practices. His well formed and forensic observations renowned for keeping him ahead of the game and the 'go to guy' when market trends and fluctuations stumped less tuned in observers.
An interesting work which will be of interest to readers outside of the hurly burly world of global finance.
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This is a fascinating book offering a glimpse into Barton Bigg's years at Morgan Stanley. The 80s, 90s and early noughties are covered, a time during which the changes on Wall Street have been immense, and Bigg's charts these dynamic times in the financial sector with not just a lot of insight and skill, but a fair degree of alacrity and panache.

It's not a book for the faint-hearted though and you have to have a serious interest in the machinations of the industry and a fair few of the articles in here are of mainly historical interest now, but for those seriously interested in the workings of global capitalism and want some fascinating insider info on it from a seasoned veteran, this is the ideal book for you.
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