Smarter Investing: Simpler Decisions for Better Results Paperback – 17 Sep 2009
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As featured in The Sunday Times: 'How to keep your head - and stay ahead. Most investors act irrationally and erratically. Are you among them? Ask yourself these searching questions from investment guru Tim Hale's new book. and find out.'
'... an informative new book on investment planning.' Financial Times
"Tim Hale has written a book of investment wisdom and common sense for the ages. Investors who follow his simple advice will be richly rewarded" John C. Bogle, Founder, Vanguard.
"gives readers a solid grounding in investment markets, a structured approach to portfolio building and useful practical advice...a thought-provoking text that both inexperienced and informed investors could find useful." James Teasdale, Fund Strategy magazine
"Delightfully clear thinking and direct advice on how investors can get better results with simpler decisions." Charles D. Ellis, Author of "Winning the Loser's Game" and Founder of Greenwich Associates.
Brilliant, 12 Jan 2007
Reviewer: Voracious reader (Hong Kong, Asia) - See all my reviews
I am a senior executive who has worked in the investment industry for over 25 years and have read thousands of personal investment books in that time. I have three degrees including degrees in finance and economics and an MBA.
I speak regularly on retirement saving strategies and am frequently asked to recommend books for investors, and this is my choice. Although it quotes UK examples, its advice is relevant for any investor.
This book clearly summarises a huge amount of financial expertise from the most trusted academic sources in terms which can be understood by the layman. It does not 'talk down' to the reader but offers an excellent and comprehensive overview of personal investment strategy. This book offers you the best advice for building your wealth, period. It includes sound advice on how to build and execute your plan.
It is well illustrated and comes with good summaries. The bibliography is excellent.
I took the time to search on the internet for Mr. Hales address and personally congratulate him on this book - I have never done that before - the book is that good. Please read it, we need more people like Mr Hale to share their knowledge with the public.
If you only read one book on investing make it this one, 13 Jan 2007
Reviewer: Peter Shield "editor-naturalchoices.co.uk" - See all my reviews
"Smarter Investing- simple decisions for better results " by Tim Hale is the clearest, best written introduction to intelligent investing published in 2006. Hale reiterates the simple truth that the individual investor cannot beat the market over the medium term, nor should they try . What makes Hale's book so persuasive is the fact that the author spent so much of his professional life working in active fund management companies, sort of poacher turned gamekeeper. The book is well written, draws the reader step by step into quite complex arguments without resorting to jargon and technique short cuts. At the end of book both the novice and the hardened investment specialist will come away better informed and armed with the tools necessary to make your money work harder for your future.
If you only ever read one book on investing this should be the one.
--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
From the Inside Flap
the information and advice on investing in our daily lives, on the television, in the press and from cyberspace, is often confused by fuzzy thinking, frequently tainted by vested interests and occasionally reeks of exploitation. This makes life difficult for anyone faced with making decisions about how they are going to invest. That nowadays means nearly all of us.
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Smarter Investing reveals why you dont need to worry about trying to make sense of the financial pages, trading shares or trying to work out where next to invest your money. Instead, follow Tim Hales watertight advice to simpler, smarter investment choices. The key to successful investing is to do a few straightforward things exceptionally well, and this book shows you how. It will help you to:
Establish what you want and need your money to do for you
Work out how much money you need to achieve your goals
Maximise your chances of accumulating the money you need through smarter investing
Build a balanced portfolio that is right for you and that you can live with, using the basic building blocks of equities and bonds
Understand the optional extras of return smoothers and return enhancers and build a portfolio for all investment seasons. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.See all Product Description
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Top Customer Reviews
I like the way that he comprehensively exposes the "Dark Secret" which most stock brokers and fund managers hope you'll never discover. I regularly see new clients whose investment portfolios and retirement accounts have been drained of hundreds of thousands of pounds without adding any long term value.
The "Dark Secret" is that managers don't beat markets. Markets outperform most managers by substantial margins over long periods of time.
Buy this book and you'll see how you can capture those returns and avoid making another common error which I call "The Big Mistake".
PS All our clients now get a copy of this book to help them to understand what it is that we actually do for them.
The book first cuts through all the noise that we read in the Sunday papers relating to what sector is doing best this month, what fund manager is this week's star, and whether the Footsie is up or down. He convincingly shows how strategies based on market-timing, chasing the next sector or region, and constant tweaking (trading) of your investments is a sure way to lose money. Like a bell chiming through all this noise, Hale explains how good investing is much simpler when you do a few things extremely well.
Hale gives direct advice backed-up with well-presented data. Whether your investment horizon is 30 years or 5 years, he explains how to construct an optimal portfolio that maximises your chances of making money and see you through periods of market trauma.
The meat of the book is a master-class in sensible investing: a step-by-step guide to the basics, and the complexities, of personal investing. Plenty of detail is given in the form of sample portfolios and tables that help readers to create a robust portfolio. Going beyond simple statistics such as "the stock market returns on average 5% a year", Hale gives the tools to help you work out how much you may need to invest if you want to be (for example) 80% sure of a retirement on 70% of your salary.Read more ›
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