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The Investment Zoo: Taming the Bulls and the Bears [Hardcover]

Stephen A. Jarislowsky , Craig Toomey
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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April 26 2005 2894722591 978-2894722596 First Edition
From one of the greatest money managers Canada has ever known, The Investment Zoo is an incisive work in which history, culture, politics and finance are intermingled.

Stephen A. Jarislowsky has had a single goal throughout his career: the defence of the shareholder. He has been outspoken in his criticism of breaches in ethics: overpaid bosses, directors who close their eyes to questionable practices, grossly over-compensated lawyers, and brokers who inflate their commissions by encouraging unnecessary trading.

In The Investment Zoo, Stephen A. Jarislowsky reveals his approach to investment – the approach that has assured his extraordinary success in business – and discusses a host of subjects that touch him personally: his own path from childhood to adult life, his vision as an administrator, and his involvement in responsible philanthropy. At age 79, the incorruptible billionaire has lost none of the spirit that has so often aroused controversy.

The Investment Zoo was published in Quebec to great acclaim. Since January 2005, it has sold over 15,000 copies, and has pushed the French edition of The Da Vinci Code out of the number one position on the bestseller list.

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Stephen A. Jarislowsky has been called the conscience of the country’s financial community. He is a much sought-after commentator, and has sat on numerous boards of directors (including SNC-Lavalin, Canfor, Southam, Swiss Bank Corp., Velan, Abitibi and Goodfellow). He is the founder of Montreal-based investment management firm Jarislowsky Fraser, which today manages assets of over $47 billion.

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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Devoid of actionable financial advice. Sept. 3 2011
The autobiography of an old rich guy. Born into wealth, gets educated, flounders in different careers and ends up running an investment company. Add one part complaining about high taxes, one part stunning/original revelation from someone that is wealthy about liking culture and art, one part advice on living below your means even if you never needed to, one part complaining about corporate management and governance/posturing about shareholder rights (a.k.a wealthy knob rubbing) and finally one part advice on investing your money in blue chip stocks.

I could forgive the pretension if any actual financial advice on how to value stocks were included but sadly there is none. Just buy up them blue chips! I'm not discounting the historical success of his investment track record but the book is useless. He's basically saying you can have the cookie but not the recipe. Stick to the Intelligent Investor, Common Stocks Uncommon Profits and Security Analysis if you want an actual framework for business valuation.
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5.0 out of 5 stars With out a doubt the best advice on investing Oct. 13 2014
By Susie Q
With out a doubt the best advice on investing. Sorry for those who expected to be spoon fed. It is you who must do the research.
The idea of 50 stocks at the most is essential to portfolio building. He encourages the use of etfs. What more do you want ??
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8 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Stephen Jarislowksy is undoubtedly one of the great Canadian investors and ardent defender of shareholder rights. He is blessed with a keen ability (and the temperament) to pick blue chips at a reasonable price, and has employed this ability to serve the clients at his boutique investment firm very profitably over the long term. Also, let me say I do not doubt his goodwill in imparting what most people (myself included when I first read his book, which I still find to be a breath of fresh air given all the rubbish out there) will regard as valuable guidelines for picking and investing in solid non-cyclical blue chips offering good long term potential, leading to enhanced returns over the market. I would embrace and attempt to apply this advice if I believed I could beat the market over the long haul. However, the odds are against MOST investors being able to do this in the long term (by which I mean 20 years and beyond). His view that earning the market return just won't help you achieve financial independence and a comfortable retirement, and that to earn 14% on your porfolio over the long term is challenging but achievable, is a seductive but dangerous notion. It is one that can very easily lead to frustration, and worse, long term underperformance relative to the market return. As they say, reversion to the mean is one of the most powerful forces, and outperforming the market over 5 years may not be very meaningful. In the long term, particularly after transaction costs and taxes, beating the market is a very tall order. Unless you have a very smart friend or benevolent relative (or know Stephen Jarislowsky well enough!) who has the ability to outperform the market in the long term (i.e. Read more ›
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