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The Investment Zoo: Taming the Bulls and the Bears Hardcover – Apr 26 2005


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  • Hardcover: 152 pages
  • Publisher: Transcontinental; First Edition edition (April 26 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 2894722591
  • ISBN-13: 978-2894722596
  • Product Dimensions: 16.9 x 1.5 x 21.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 386 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #16,956 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

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 By Frugal Poker on Sept. 3 2011
Format: Paperback
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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Format: Hardcover
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 By Sanjay Sharma on Aug. 31 2007
Format: Hardcover
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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