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You Say Tomayto: Contrarian Investing in Bitesize Pieces by [Alastair Mundy]
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"If you want to know how a good investment manager makes money from the stock market, even when they seem to be going against the crowd, this book is a must read. Mundy's insight into the dark mysterious world of professional fund management is refreshing, candid and invaluable."
- Jeff Prestridge, Personal Finance Editor, Financial Mail on Sunday

"Alastair Mundy is one of the greatest contrarians. His new book provides an absolutely essential public service, reminding investors that just because something is popular doesn't make it right, sensible or even worth the price! Crucially this contrarian wisdom, rolled up in this excellent new book, comes with one big plus for the active investor - Alastair is no armchair contrarian as he's been putting his money where his mouth is for many years as a successful fund manager."
- David Stevenson, columnist for Investment Week and the Financial Times

"Any book about investment which can legitimately include Curly Wurlys, cricket, fondue sets and Warren Buffett has got to be worth a read. Mundy's book is witty, insightful and nicely punctures a lot the pomposity of fund managers while reminding us all quite important managing people's money properly is. I laughed continuously throughout but was nodding in agreement with a lot of the simple and sensible messages in these highly readable musings. This book should be read at the height of a bull market or the bottom of a bear market because common sense should always be in vogue but sadly isn't very often." --Lawrence Gosling, founding editor, Investment Week

"This is an excellent insight into the thoughts of one of the best investors in the UK, Alastair Mundy. Mundy cuts through the fog of investment double-speak to produce a genuinely interesting book about contrarian investing. This is an excellent book for those that wish to gain some insight into how to invest away from the crowd in a sensible, disciplined way and is written by an expert with the layman in mind."
- Marcus Brookes, Director, Cazenove Capital Management

"Alastair Mundy and his cohorts tirelessly challenge the conventions of the investment world and their contrarian approach has made their clients lots of money. Investors cannot afford to ignore his perspective. It works!" --Richard Romer-Lee, Managing Director of European Investment Consulting, Morningstar OBSR

"It has been my privilege to have worked with Alastair Mundy for more than a decade and hopefully many more years in the future. While many investors pay lip service to contrarian investing, he is the real deal. His results confirm this. He sees things differently but he also says it as it is. He communicates clearly in plain English as befits his combination of razor sharp mind and impressive modesty." --Hendrik du Toit, CEO, Investec Asset Management

About the Author

Alastair Mundy grew up in East London convinced he would be the first British Wimbledon Men's Singles Champion since Fred Perry. For reasons best known to him, he studied Actuarial Science at City University, London, but after battling his way through the course decided actuarial work was far too boring. Alastair's first job in the real world was a brief stint analysing British government debt (gilts), which drove him to find a position as an equity analyst. He currently works at Investec Asset Management, where he has headed the Contrarian Equity Team for ten years. He is married with three children and remains committed to mastering his second serve.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3025 KB
  • Print Length: 210 pages
  • Publisher: Harriman House; 1st edition (17 Oct. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009SCMBK8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #662,769 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Hardcover
As a novice investor, I eat this type of book for breakfast, lunch and dinner. However, this is one of the few that doesn't demand prior knowledge of arcane financial economics while still being a sophisticated read. There are loads of practical tips that make you want to jump straight into a trade or two. Humourous (love the cartoons!), but with plenty of thoughtful advice and a good smattering of humility that makes you wonder just how much skill versus luck is involved! I would recommend this for any serious long-term investor, and also for those who consider themselves as mavericks. If you are the sort of person has both an inherent curiosity about the psychology of investing, and a small supply of funds with which to experiment, then this is the book for you. Just one small criticism - I wanted to know a bit about the economic/financial context at the time of each chapter.
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As an IFA I recommend Alastair's fund fairly often and it was interesting to read some of his thoughts around investing during the last few years. Essentially this short book is a collection of some of the memos that Alastair sent out to his investment team during the past few years, most of which are entertaining. I was a bit disappointed at the book's length because it wasn't cheap but Alastair's reading list at the back more than makes up for this (there is a list of about 40 recommended reads at the back of the book).

If you are looking for a book that will teach you to invest, you should look elsewhere. However, this is a quirky, entertaining (if short) book with a good reading list at the end for those who do want the investment lessons.
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Had I been aware of the content I would have just gone on the investec website and downloaded the factsheets
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