Craig Matteson

Helpful votes received on reviews: 92% (171 of 186)
Location: Saline, MI
In My Own Words:
I am reviewing much less nowadays. Feel free to contact me if you want to have me consider your book for review, but I want you to know up front that I almost NEVER review e-books (my eyes can't take them) and I am becoming ever more disillusioned with finding much of value in the self-published world.

I do have an MBA in finance and a Bachelor of Music in music theory from the University of… Read more

My family. My Church. Classical Music, Playing Piano, and I recently took up a serious interest in cooking and baking. I seem to remember enjoying playing golf way back when. Oh, yes, and reading a lot.


Top Reviewer Ranking: 29,670 - Total Helpful Votes: 171 of 186
Deflation: What Happens When Prices Fall by Chris Farrell
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
If you look in bookstores at any give time you will find a shelf of books predicting a bright future with some a really strangely bright future. You will also find another shelf explaining to you why things are bad and will only get worse. Readers of a certain disposition will find the books appropriate to their sense of the future and find confirmation.
Deflation is a serious topic, but this is really not a serious book. The book makes the case that our new economic paradigm is, this time, really different because of the way prices fall because of technological efficiencies. Mr. Farrell links this kind of price decline with the kind of general deflation that follows and economic… Read more
Fooled by Randomness: The Hidden Role of Chance in&hellip by Nassim Nicholas Taleb
14 of 18 people found the following review helpful
I really wanted to like this book because the it discusses an important topic. The role of randomness in our everyday lives versus our innate (lack of) capacity to deal with it without careful education is one that we need to talk about more in the popular culture. However, the problems with this book are several. Its casual and meandering exposition is supposed to make it more accessible, but it actually makes it harder to come to terms with the topic.
Also, Mr. Taleb is a bit difficult to warm to, although there are occasional flashes of wit and humor that help. For example, he is so proud of his personal achievements that he both disparages them (he is ashamed of his Wharton… Read more
Commercial Real Estate Analysis and Investments by David M. Geltner
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
I think this is a wonderful text. However, let me state up front this is NOT a general book about real estate as an investment vehicle in the broad sense. It is a text that provides the knowledge and techniques to ANALYZE commercial real estate as a financial investment. So, yes, the book is heavy on financial analysis and the many way markets and techniques that exist for investing in commercial real estate.
You won't learn a thing about how to pick or manage properties. Those are topics for other books and courses. This great book does have a rather specific focus, but it needs that because the topic it does cover is so large and there is a great deal to learn.
I find the… Read more