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The Great Investors: Lessons on Investing from Master Traders (Financial Times Series) Paperback – 15 Dec 2010
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"Whatever ones own predilections there is something for everybody in this book. A must read for any serious investor!" UK-Analyst, March 2011 "Glen Arnold sets out to inspire the next generation of great investors with an illuminating book on the master traders of the past." Hedge Funds Review, March 2011
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'Whether a complete novice, or a professional portfolio manager, this book will give you access to the mindset and techniques of the most successful investors of our time and more importantly, it will help you avoid mistakes. The Great Investors will have a permanent place on my desk.'
Mark Sheridan, Executive Director, Nomura International PLC
Leading investors such as Warren Buffett, Benjamin Graham, Sir John Templeton, George Soros and Anthony Bolton are known throughout the world. How did these people come to be so successful? Which strategies have they used to make their fortunes? And what can you learn from their techniques?
In The Great Investors, Glen Arnold succinctly and accurately describes the investment philosophies of the worlds greatest investors. He explains why they are the best, gives details of their tactics for accumulating wealth, captures the key elements that led to their market-beating successes and teaches you key lessons that you can apply to your own investing strategies.
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Perhaps the best portrayal is that of Peter Lynch who allowed serendipity to be his guide. He walked around with his eyes open and whenever he found a product he liked, he invested in the company that produced it it (after applying due diligence).
Glen Arnold shows us the human side of these great men as well as cataloguing their successes and techniques. This is a readable book, beautifully laid out and in my opinion it is essential reading for anyone who is serious about making money from the stock market.
I wish that this book had been around at the start of my investing career as it covers so many of the salient points I have "discovered" from my library of other books. It is extremely well written and informative. It also gives a brief account of the investors lives which makes it a highly interesting read.
If you are interested in investing then buy this book first. You can then choose the investing style which appeals most, and purchase more detailed books such as "The Intelligent Investor", "The Essays of Warren Buffett", "Common Stocks and Uncommon Profits", etc. These all will build up on the knowledge and ideas covered in Glen's book.
Top down investment strategies have a role to play, but, unfortunately,the author did not find a top down investor who met his criteria for selection. This must be significant.
Summarising a great investors strategy is not an easy task, but I did have to re-read some sections to be sure whether I was reading the urtext views of the investor, the author's interpretation of those views or the author's own views.
This book should be on the present list for any investor in the family.
One of the best things I found about the book is that it's written in chapters that are independent from each other, so you can start with who you want and only read about the people who most interest you. I started with Warren Buffett, then read Soros and then Graham, and lost nothing to someone who read the chapters in order.
Overall I'd say that you should read the book once you have a base knowledge of what finance is and how financial markets operate, but once that basic level of knowledge is there the book suits anyone. The book is in no way a shortcut to making millions but reading about the best shows the benchmark that's out there and has spurred me on to get myself into the next edition!
As a relatively inexperienced investor, this book managed to successfully educate me on some very sophisticated investment concepts, and made me re-look at the way I assess and value the companies in which I want to invest.
A must read for those who want to genuinely "invest" in companies rather than just "take a punt".
I've already introduced Glen's books to several friends and would highly recommend this book (and his others) to anyone wanting to learn the "right" way to invest.