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The Intuitive Investor: A radical guide for manifesting wealth Hardcover – Oct 1 2010


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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: SelectBooks; 1 edition (Oct. 1 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590792068
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590792063
  • Product Dimensions: 16 x 2.6 x 23.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 612 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #395,398 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Before retiring at age 35, Jason Apollo Voss was Portfolio Manager for the Davis Appreciation & Income Fund, one of the nation's largest money-management firms and among the largest shareholders for several familiar brands. During his tenure he bested the NASDAQ, S&P 500 and DJIA by staggering percentages. Lipper Analytical Services named Jason a Lipper Leader and he was ranked #1 in his investment category. Jason was also a regular a Morningstar Analyst Pick.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Stella Carrier TOP 100 REVIEWER on Feb. 21 2011
Format: Hardcover
"The Intuitive Investor" is more than just a guide to investing. It is also a guide to living all areas of your life on an intuitive level. The following are some of the exciting sources of information contained within this remarkable book:
1.Jason shares some helpful attitude essentials that are important for wealth manifestation such as comfort with uncertainty, forgiving yourself, and transforming any mistakes into learning opportunities.
2. He makes a persuasive connection between meditation as the ultimate intuitive breakthrough and why the meditative process is actually an investment and crucial towards the unfolding of increasing intuition and wealth. In addition, some steps to take to help ensure that you start the practice are discussed. I feel lucky to have came across this section because it helped confirm some insights for me.
3. Seven Essential Investment Behaviors (two of my favorites that were mentioned were the ones on courage and balancing intelligence with wisdom).
4. Ways to cultivate your creativity.
5. The Intuitive Investor and You: Self-Assessment
6. Why intuition is vital for investing success
7. I also love the action steps that he includes towards the end of his book, and he helpfully shares some of the books that he feels are recommended reads.

This is a very inspiring and practical book on that serves as a strong foundation on some of the inner and outer changes that are helpful to take in consideration on the path of intuitive investing and manifesting wealth in all areas of your life. "The Intuitive Investor" is a great book that provides vital knowledge on more than just investing via intuition. "The Intuitive Investor" also helps to provide wisdom on some of the steps to increase your intuitive abilities in other areas of your life as well.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Candy For The Mind May 22 2011
By Steve - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I have been trading and investing money for almost a decade as I run a hedge fund based out of Chicago. I have shelves of finance books and not one has affected me the way that Intuitive Investor has. I know it is a bold statement to already claim this book as a masterpiece, but I will be that bold. Out of all the finance classes I have taken and all the finance books I have read none teaches you how to think as Intuitive Investor does. A few years ago in grad school I was part of a group to value MSFT. We built what I thought to be a solid model and valued the stock at $42 per share. Like a bunch of college student we had no answer to the stock falling. I believe school teaches you how not why. Jason's book teaches your mind how to comprehend and grasp the limitless possibilities of an investment. Jason's book rips your mind from the narrow left brain focus that is normally taught in school. He teaches you how to go from micro detail to a 1,000 foot view and back. I do not want to ruin the book for any reader, but the book is also filled with so many amazing quotes. In the first few chapters I believe he uses these quotes to awaken the right brain. Just genius! After a friend gave me the book, i started reading it on a flight. I sat at the Chicago airport reading the book for an hour after landing. I could not put it down. The book grabs you from the beginning. I have applied so much of Jason's wisdom to my personal life and investing career. I am better for reading this book, and already it is clear i am not the same person I was on page one. I have started reading the book for a second time and I am already picking up more. Intuitive Investor is an awesome experience. One that I know I will read again and again for years to come.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Whole Brain Investment Analysis June 9 2011
By Bani Sodermark - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
If someone had told me a few months ago that money investment could be an exercise in spirituality, I would have laughed out loud. The picture of the crowds in front of a Stock Exchange, buzzing telephones, monitors with strange, inexplicable figures, blinking away like crazy, as fortunes change hands does not really make for spiritual environs. Far from it. And the world of bankers, stockbrokers and financial gurus does not particularly relate to the finer, altruistic services associated with genuine spirituality. Yet this book made me think differently. After reading it, I was reminded, once again, that everything one does is spiritual, if one does it with love and a genuine sense of presence.

This book is chock full of information that reveals the author's sincere concern for his investment shareholders, who have reposed their trust in him and the efforts that he has made to give them the best value for their money. But that is not all. It also builds its thesis on a modern and increasingly discussed world view based on the "intrinsic order" description of quantum mechanics, pioneered by David Bohm.

The four principles that provide the framework for investment in this book are as follows:

1. Infinity: An infinite number of outcomes for a proposed investment are possible. This process involves left brained thinking which uses facts and sensory evidence as inputs in order to make judgements.

2. Paradox: Where possibilities are narrowed down to probabilities, because of interaction and interconnections between the several, mutually opposed variables affecting the investment. This involves right brained thinking.

3. Harmonizing: Having zoomed in on a few probabilities, this process involves a right brained approach, where one's feelings serve as input. This involves right brain activity.

4. Action; When deliberate action is taken based on the above analysis. Clearly, this part involves the left brain.

A major issue that this book focuses on is "feelings" about the investment. If listened to with care and attention, and synergistically combined with evidence gathered by all the available, physical, left brained input can lead to incredibly high dividends. The decision making process begins to resemble that of a detective investigating a well planned out crime. This is where the whole brain nature of the process comes in.

The author provides tools for all the four processes above and more. These include, taking an inventory of all physical and emotional factors to be kept in mind, how to awake intuition, how to distill positive emotions from negative ones, how to distinguish fear from anxiety, how to awake intuition and develop it as well, among others. He illustrates his point amply with examples drawn from his own life. Each chapter is provided with interesting and well formulated exercises for the reader who wishes to develop his investing talents.

What impressed me most about this book is the treatment of the "God" word and the chapter on the benefits of meditation. Being a "former atheist";Jason Voss is incredibly sensitive to similar concerns and avoids questioning the applicability of the scientific method of investigative inquiry. But he also takes up the limits of "material realism" very effectively, by invoking the validity of all experiences, not just those that pass scientific scrutiny. The author also shows exactly where scientists resist taking cognizance of phenomenon that defy their own materialistic laws, and how acceptance of all experience is more persuasive in its reach. This part of the book is applicable to all readers, not just investors, seeking greater returns for their liquid assets.

There is also an eye-catching and interesting treatment of the meditative state and its role in transforming conscious intelligence to a more universal "wisdom". Original graphics are used to illustrate his point.

The information in this book is not only very inclusive and high reaching, but also, very much grounded in physical reality. It is also an easy read despite its relatively esoteric content. All in all, this book is a rare winner that could catalyze more such books into existence.

Strongly recommended.
11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
A Must Read For All Investors, Whether Brand-New Or Experienced Dec 6 2010
By Philip Etienne - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Let me just begin by saying that I have read many many books on investing and this is the first that has inspired me to write a review.

Every now and then a book arrives that forever shifts the way we think about the world, potentially changing the way we analyze the accelerated influences that effect valuation. Taken to heart and put into practice, this is just such a rare piece of work. Timely and thought-provoking, The Intuitive Investor captivates the reader looking to improve his analytic process. I dont want to muddy Jason's writing and process by summarizing because it would not do justice to his overall message. That said, I have worked on Wall Street for almost 20 years and this book has blazed a new trail. It will help money managers of today and tomorrow better understand stock market dynamics through creative decision matrices. A huge improvement when compared to the dated valuation metrics/mean reversion models that were easily used by Buffett/Lynch/Vinick during the secular bull market.

Voss has assembled a stunning wealth of new information and emerging ideas to help us visualize different and imaginative pathways to utilize right brain thought to capitalize on equity investing in the new market paradigm. He provides a concise and profound framework for making sense of the blizzard of catalysts that effect investment decisions on a daily, weekly, monthly and annual basis. Hyperbole aside, Voss has accomplished an extraordinary achievement. Simply put, read this!
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Transmitted lasting sense of freedom June 15 2011
By Citizen John - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I've made investment mistakes even when knowing better on some level. The analysis looks good but something feels wrong. Author Voss discovered how to consciously use intuition when making investment decisions.

Our brains have two cerebral hemispheres connected by a nerve bundle called the corpus callosum. The left and right sides of the brain are dominant in respective areas. Highly successful people show very high levels of brainwave synchronization when engaged in their areas of expertise. This is also referred to as "peak performance." Voss was a peak performer in mutual fund management. He found that ultimate success in investing comes from synchronization of analysis with intuition.

Famous speculators, including Jesse Livermore and George Soros, have written about curious feelings - hunches, often misinterpreted as insufficient sleep or backaches. They made fortunes when they aligned their analysis with these curious feelings. The Intuitive Investor is a kind of textbook on this process and how to use it consciously.

I've been using The Intuitive Investor method. My life improved because I'm not so hard on myself regarding making decisions. Analysis is as important as it always was. Yet there's never going to be certainty because, as Voss says, there's no future fact. Also, it's not a bad thing that emotion is involved in investment decisions. Voss explains the purpose of emotions and provides an excellent analogy of an explorer cutting through the jungle to get to an ancient temple where the treasure is stored.
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Peak Experiences Feb. 15 2011
By Gary Severance - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
The first thing you have to do when reading Jason Apollo Voss' very informative book, The Intuitive Investor, is to read carefully his description of the metaphor that structures the book. It is one that is familiar to many people, in fact it is widely known as the left brain right brain model. In general, this is the idea that the left hemisphere is the reasoning symbol dominated part of the person contrasted with the right immediate feeling/sensory dominated part. Voss states in no uncertain terms that the brain operates holistically and cannot be divided into two hemispheric personalities in the physically healthy person. We can use the simplistic metaphor to help us understand the information gathering and decision making of a complex integrated investor.

The interesting book is organized systematically with plenty of room for creativity, the art of being a person and investor. To have the freedom to be creative, one must be fluent in knowledge of the task at hand, understand one's inner life of conscious and unconscious attitudes, and be skilled in decision making and action. This requires work that is made easier by the structure of Voss' book. Continuing with the left/right brain metaphor, creativity is the idea that the whole brain (person) is greater than the sum of the parts. You can venture into new territory not exactly fearlessly but with anxiety controlled effectively. You can become "non-attached" and therefore open to approach or avoid an investment intuitively. Of course, once an action is taken, assessment of the outcome is necessary to modify the next action.

Voss describes the potency of four principles in broad based behavior and philosophy and how they apply to specific acts of investing. Principles of Infinity, Paradox, Harmonizing, and Action are discussed as the natural outcome of information presented in preceding chapters of the book. Meditation helps to organize and integrate these four principles in reverse order from the development of them in the person. Meditation helps the person to understand that, like the two hemispheres of the brain, there is a continuum of knowledge, feelings, and actions anchored by logic at one end and artistic awareness at the other. Keeping a journal allows you to perceive that you can travel unimpeded between the two poles of the continuum.

At the end of his book, Voss shows us that intuition is not a shot in the dark, but rather an opening of the dark, an enlightenment of person, place, and time. Applied to investing, people can use inspiration, thoughts, words, and deeds in a whole brain fashion to make choices and accept consequences. And, for crying out loud, it is fun and rewarding. Voss gives examples of investors (including him) who have had great success using this approach and can be described as self actualizing. Peak experiences are not only possible but also frequent when investing intuitively and reading The Intuitive Investor.


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