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Winning the Loser's Game Hardcover – 1 Apr 2002


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  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional; 4 edition (1 April 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071387676
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071387675
  • Product Dimensions: 16 x 2 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 864,757 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This is by far the best book on investment policy and management." ---Peter Drucker on earlier edition of Winning the Loser's Game

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A updated edition of Charles Ellis’s classic book---based on the seminal article that has stood the test of time for more than a quarter century.
 All data, figures and charts have been updated
 Historical analysis of P-E ratios and what they mean to long run investing
 Why the S&P outperforms over 85% of all active fund managers
 The paradox of investing
 The importance of performance measurement
 Techniques to profit from for the long haul
 Tactics to build healthy long term portfolios
 Why emotion can ruin an investors’ portfolio

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 23 May 2004
Format: Hardcover
This book is based on a famous article written by Mr. Ellis in 1975, "The Loser's Game," that showed why professional money managers are unable to beat the market averages in 90 percent of the cases. In fact, the harder they try, the more likely they are to lose by increasing trading costs and mistiming their trades. The first two editions of this book were aimed at providing solutions to that dilemma for professional money managers. Mr. Ellis provides consulting advice to such professional money managers, and is in a good position to know what he is talking about. This edition is aimed at the needs of the neophyte individual investor. It is especially timely as we near the end of 2 decades of almost continual bull markets for equities.
The beauty of this book is that it is simple and easy to understand. Ellis designed it for anyone who has a genuine interest in getting good investment results, is willing to develop an appreciation for market fundamental, and has the discipline to pick an approach and stick to it.
In various chapters, the book describes why professionals do so poorly, and how the individual can have the same problems if not careful.
The key points of the book are that you need to establish your long-term investment objectives in writing, and with the expert advice of professionals, determine a well-reasoned and realistic set of investment plans that can help you achieve your objectives. You should set your asset mix at the highest ratio of equities you can afford financially and emotionally for the long-term. However you do this, don't try to beat the market. That's a loser's game. He emphasizes not making mistakes, not losing money relative to the market, staying in the market, and realizing that your real problem is beating inflation rather than the market.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 28 Oct. 1998
Format: Hardcover
I could hardly wait for the delivery of this book and I was well rewarded for my patience. I have read through all the "classic" investment books and the "how to's" that I could lay hands on, but this book is clearly the best. His message is so simple---but it takes all the 137 pages for it to sink in: don't lose, or as he says, spend as little as you can on expenses, buy the market and don't jump around. I am glad I read it after all the others, but if I had read it first, I wouldn't have had to wade through them.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 12 Jan. 1999
Format: Hardcover
Learning how to invest successfully is a challenge because there is so much mis-information in the published literature. Once you find the gems, and this book is one of them, you realize that investing is not that difficult. Other gems include "Random Walk Down Wall Street" by Malkiel, and Bogle on Mutual Funds by John Bogle.
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