Rolf Dobelli

Helpful votes received on reviews: 88% (202 of 229)
Location: Switzerland
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What Every Investor Needs to Know About Accounting&hellip by Jeff Madura
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly Recommended!, June 29 2004
Author Jeff Madura provides an excellent short guide through the perilous territory of financial statement analysis. Wasting no words, he presents all the average individual investor absolutely needs to know about corporate financial reports. He tells you why you shouldn't trust them, and then shows you how to apply a skeptic's perspective to figuring out what reported numbers really mean. The market for investment books is a crowded one, but this is a standout: a thoroughgoing and systematic combination of curiosity, knowledge and prudent suspicion. We highly recommend this book to all investors. Before you climb into the investors' ring, carefully consider the advice that referees give… Read more
Naked Guide to Bonds: What You Need to Know -- Str&hellip by Michael V. Brandes
4.0 out of 5 stars Insightful!, June 29 2004
In this very good beginner's guide to the bond market, author Michael V. Brandes addresses all of the fundamental questions clearly and concisely. Bond math can be daunting, but while the author includes a few equations for illustrative purposes, he clearly addresses his book to the general run of individual investors. The book, which has moments of surprising good humor, says right off the bat that bond investing can be dull in comparison to stock investing, not because the stakes are lower, but because the elements of personality and surprise are considerably more muted in the debt market than in the equity markets. We highly recommend this book, even though it is pedantic at times - a… Read more
Getting Bigger by Growing Smaller: A New Growth Mo&hellip by Joel M. Shulman
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly Recommended!, June 29 2004
"Bigger is not always better" sounds right, but the patina of sweat on executive foreheads in boardrooms worldwide stems from the mandatory requirement to increase short-term revenues constantly in ever greater amounts. The problem with the corporate fixation on bigness is that size often brings a less desirable quality: unresponsiveness. That helps explain why the lifespan of the average Fortune 500 corporation is about 50 years. Now comes author Joel M. Shulman to suggest a mechanism your company can use to avoid that burnout lifecycle. In a sophisticated book targeted to tactical thinkers, he proposes that you consider the Strategic Entrepreneurial Unit (SEU). He explains that… Read more