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The Winning Portfolio [Paperback]

Paul B Farrell J.D. PH.D.
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May 17 1999 Bloomberg Personal Bookshelf (Paperback)
The Winning Portfolio presents a simple, practical remedy to the usually haphazard process of picking mutual funds. It's unique because it steers investors to the exact funds that match their investment requirements. This is not another laundry list of the best mutual funds. It takes a stand on which funds are best for specific types of investors.

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"The Winning Portfolio" articulates an investment plan that is easy to understand and simple to put into place. Those who act upon it will be well-rewarded. -- Fred Frailey, Deputy Editor, "Kiplinger's Personal Finance Magazine"

Dr. Farrell's book presents eminently practical advice for selecting mutual funds. His principles are carefully thought out and intelligent, and he correctly balances the case for actively managed funds versus index funds, all the while giving important emphasis to the critical variable of mutual fund costs. The advice he provides will help intelligent investors build productive mutual fund portfolios. -- John Bogle, author of "Bogle on Mutual Funds"

Mutual funds are an important tool for investors planning for financial independence and Paul Farrell's new book is *very worthwhile reading*." -- Charles R. Schwab, Chairman and CEO, The Charles Schwab Corporation

[A] easy to follow road map for maximizing your mutual fund profits. Paul Farrell's unique approach is at once both rational and intuitive. This book presents a plan that any investor can stick to. -- Brian Murray, Vice President and General Manager, E-Trade Mutual Funds

About the Author

PAUL B. FARRELL, JD, PhD, is an investing and personal finance columnist for CBS MarketWatch. Dr. Farrell has written more than 1,000 columns, many of which have been syndicated on America Online, Yahoo!, and E*Trade.com. He frequently appears on television and radio, including CNBC, CNN, Bloomberg, and FOX. He has written four books and previously worked as an executive vice president of Financial News Network, associate editor of the Los Angeles Herald Examiner, and as an investment banker with Morgan Stanley.

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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent guide to mutual find investing Feb. 7 2002
Format:Paperback
The Winning Portfolio: Choosing Your 10 Best Mutual Funds is an excellent guide to mutual find investing and ideally suited to the informational and strategic planning needs of the novice investor. Written by CBS MarketWatch's dean of funds Paul Farrell, The Winning Portfolio aptly presents how best to choose between the top 100 mutual funds and create a diversified, solid portfolio that will effectively put your money to work for you. Written in clear, easily understandable language for new investors and long-time market veterans alike, The Winning Portfolio is a must-read for everyone putting a sizeable chunk of their financial well-being into the mutual fund market.
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5.0 out of 5 stars It just makes sense May 25 2000
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Format:Paperback
There are so many books on investing right now, that it is difficult to know where to turn. "The Winning Portfolio" is a gem that stands out from the rest of the crowd. This book is easy to understand, even for a novice, yet is not beneath those who have already been investing.
He explains how to build a winning portfolio using mutual funds with emphasis on asset allocations. This is not a one-size-fits-all approach. He helps the reader determine how to build a portfolio based on their needs, then offers examples of how to meet financial goals. Yes, it takes a bit of work, but it doesn't require the diligence (and the stomach) of a day-trader to maintain. This system will work for the average person.
After reading this book, I have a solid plan in place and an idea of where I'm headed and why I'm going there. I agree with the previous reviewer... Dr. Paul's column at cbs.marketwatch.com is also required reading.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Winning Protfolio - a winning book Dec 26 1999
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Format:Paperback
If you have not yet read Paul Farrell's internet column on the CBS Marketwatch page, you are missing out on a lot! This book, and his daily column on SuperStar Funds, are a must for anyone planning their future.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Place to Start May 31 1999
Format:Paperback
This book is an ideal starting point for those who are trying to figure out how to start saving. Dr. Farrell is a comforting voice to anyone who might be overwhelmed at the thousands of mutual funds on the market today and the other countless investment options avaialable these days. Dr. Farrell's message is simple - make a plan, then stick to it. Then, and this is where other columnists, writers fall down, he tells you HOW to do it. He outlines what a model portfolio would look like and gives a long list of funds that might be good choices. Dr. Farrell's other message is, it's not hard to invest - most of the gains in your portfolio come from the allocations you pick - not the individual funds. The book is simple, well-written, and interesting. This shouldn't be the last investment book you read, but if you haven't read one yet, it should be the first!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Place to Start May 31 1999
By chris_shipman@yahoo.com - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This book is an ideal starting point for those who are trying to figure out how to start saving. Dr. Farrell is a comforting voice to anyone who might be overwhelmed at the thousands of mutual funds on the market today and the other countless investment options avaialable these days. Dr. Farrell's message is simple - make a plan, then stick to it. Then, and this is where other columnists, writers fall down, he tells you HOW to do it. He outlines what a model portfolio would look like and gives a long list of funds that might be good choices. Dr. Farrell's other message is, it's not hard to invest - most of the gains in your portfolio come from the allocations you pick - not the individual funds. The book is simple, well-written, and interesting. This shouldn't be the last investment book you read, but if you haven't read one yet, it should be the first!
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It just makes sense May 25 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
There are so many books on investing right now, that it is difficult to know where to turn. "The Winning Portfolio" is a gem that stands out from the rest of the crowd. This book is easy to understand, even for a novice, yet is not beneath those who have already been investing.
He explains how to build a winning portfolio using mutual funds with emphasis on asset allocations. This is not a one-size-fits-all approach. He helps the reader determine how to build a portfolio based on their needs, then offers examples of how to meet financial goals. Yes, it takes a bit of work, but it doesn't require the diligence (and the stomach) of a day-trader to maintain. This system will work for the average person.
After reading this book, I have a solid plan in place and an idea of where I'm headed and why I'm going there. I agree with the previous reviewer... Dr. Paul's column at cbs.marketwatch.com is also required reading.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Winning Protfolio - a winning book Dec 26 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
If you have not yet read Paul Farrell's internet column on the CBS Marketwatch page, you are missing out on a lot! This book, and his daily column on SuperStar Funds, are a must for anyone planning their future.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent guide to mutual find investing Feb. 7 2002
By Midwest Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
The Winning Portfolio: Choosing Your 10 Best Mutual Funds is an excellent guide to mutual find investing and ideally suited to the informational and strategic planning needs of the novice investor. Written by CBS MarketWatch's dean of funds Paul Farrell, The Winning Portfolio aptly presents how best to choose between the top 100 mutual funds and create a diversified, solid portfolio that will effectively put your money to work for you. Written in clear, easily understandable language for new investors and long-time market veterans alike, The Winning Portfolio is a must-read for everyone putting a sizeable chunk of their financial well-being into the mutual fund market.
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