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Beating The Dow Completely Revised And Updated [Paperback]

Michael B O'Higgins
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March 9 2000

In 1991, Michael B. O'Higgins, one of the nation's top money managers, turned the investment world upside down with an ingenious strategy, showing how all investors--from those with only $5,000 to invest to millionaires--could beat the pros 95% of the time by putting 100% of their equity investment into the high-yield, low-risk "dog" stocks of the Dow Jones Industrial Average. His formula spawned a veritable industry, including websites, mutual funds, and $20 billion worth of investments, elevating the theory to legendary status.

Reflecting on the greatest bull market of our time, this must-have investment guide has been revised and updated for a new economy. With current company and stock profiles, as well as new charts, statistics, graphs, and figures, Beating the Dow is the smart investment that you--and your portfolio--can't afford to miss


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Two contrasting investment methods are offered by these titles. O'Higgins, a 20-year veteran of Wall Street, espouses a system that limits the stock universe to the 30 stocks in the Dow Jones Industrial Average. He has followed this system as a successful money manager and states that respectable returns can be realized by selecting the highest yielding of the 30 Dow stocks. Unfortunately, most of the book is background and only a few chapters are devoted to the how-to part of the system. Purchase Geraldine Weiss and Janet Lowe's Dividends Don't Lie ( LJ 1/89) before this one. O'Neil is the founder and publisher of Investor's Daily. His investment approach emphasizes the quality of a company's earnings from quarter to quarter. Having sorted this out, the investor is then advised to find stocks that are performing well in strong industry groups. Frequent mention is made of the fact that only one investment newspaper provides the data needed to conveniently employ this system. Well written and to the point, this updated title should at least be in libraries that carry Investor's Daily .
- Joseph Barth, U.S. Military Acad. Lib., West Point, N.Y.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Not a totally bad method of choosing stocks March 12 2002
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"Beating The Dow" by Michael O'Higgins offers the following simple investment strategy. You simply buy the ten highest dividend paying stocks among the Dow Industrial Averages. The Philosophy is that as the value of the stocks increase, via stock price lagging or falling below the market, the dividend yield will tend to rise. (i.e. the assumption is that dividend yield is a proxy for value. One problem is that not all Dow stocks pay out the same level of earnings, so some stocks will tend to have higher dividends.)
While I tend to be skeptical of any investment strategy that is too simple, if you must use such a simple strategy, then you could do far worse selecting the highest dividend paying stocks from the Dow. Of course, the other option is just to index your money in a mutual fund that buys the entire stock market. Vanguard Funds is the leader in such index funds. But, I like dividends.
The difficulty with simple investment strategies is that they tend to be arrived at via data mining. The proponent of the investment method asks "What worked in the past?" and then tries to draw up a canned investment method. Almost always, the proposed method then starts to lag behind in the present and future stock market performance. (the recent performance of this strategy is discussed in another person's great book review. See that.) This is not due to market efficiency or that the method is becoming well known. It just means that the method wasn't entirely valid as a predictive method.
There is the old joke about the "X investment strategy.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Beating the Dow, Still an Unbeatable Read Dec 21 2001
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Michael O'Higgin's investing classic holds up as well in the New Millenium as it did when it first hit book stands 10 years ago.
He maintains that it is still possible to beat the DOW by buying the 10 highest yielding stocks and tweaking your holdings each year, with correspondingly greater rates of return with a two- or five-stock selection from the group. O'Higgin's admits in the new eidtion that the strategy has been muddied by a drop in the relative importance of dividends as a part of total yield of the DOW. Dividends and payouts have lost lost out to stock buybacks, in part because dividends are taxed at a higher rate than long-term capital gains from stock sales. Changes in the DOW have also reduced the overall dividend payout. Of the most recent additions, Microsoft pays no dividend and Intel and Home Depot have nominal payouts. O'Higgin's strategy may also be less effective because it's simplicity and past returns attracted the attention of Wall Street money managers and of many, many individual investors. There is at least one web site devoted to the Dogs of the Dow and a number of similar investment strategies were profiled for several years on the Motley Fool website.
Nor is the most valuable part of O'Higgin's book his thumbnail sketches of other value strategies for beating the market with a basket of DOW stocks. Several seem downright ridiculous. I remain skeptical that investing based on presidential election cycles or end-of-year asset sales by fund managers can yield meaningful, long-term results for individual investors.
The value of this book is O'Higgin's championing of value investing in general and his highlighting of the resilience of the DOW stocks in markets bull and bear.
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This may be the first book that mentions how the stock market usually performs much better Nov. 1-May 1. This is a more important observation than the "Dogs of the Dow" strategy this book became famous for. Sy Harding's "Riding the Bear" thoroughly covers this "seasonality" feature. Though the manic bull market of Oct 98-March 2000 TEMPORARILY made this book seem outdated, it holds up well (had the non-updated version) and is a solid effort that is well thought out (which immediately puts it above 80% of stock market books). A keeper, re-read it.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Sounds too good to be true Feb. 7 2001
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This is a classic book describing a simple method for achieving outstanding results in the stock market by investing in a selection of five stocks from the Dow Jones Industrial average. There is one little problem. The method hasn't worked very well recently. Taking some data from the table on page 204 of the O'higgins book we see the % gain or loss of the selected five stocks compared with the Dow Jones Industrial Average: (Year, Five stocks, Dow Jones Average);(1994 8.6 4.9),(1995 30.5 36.4), (1996 27.9 28.9), (1997 20.5 24.9), (1998 12.3 17.9). The method has faied to Beat the DOW every year since 1994. My own calculations shows that this under performance continues into 2001. The Motley Fool Group has done extensive research on this method and after their initial enthusiam they have recently terminated their recommendation. Serious students of the market should buy this book. Further study of this approach may lead to new methods for "Beating the Dow".
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