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  • Hardcover: 736 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (July 16 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199959323
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199959327
  • Product Dimensions: 23.9 x 4.1 x 16.5 cm
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"This splendid book lays out the important lessons that a new generation of finance research has learned about markets and investing, in a thoughtful and accessible way. Ang focuses on real issues for real players, and distills practical lessons about investment strategies and the investment process."
John H. Cochrane, The University of Chicago, Booth School of Business


"Andrew Ang's inspirational book presents new, important, and influential concepts on investment. He oozes enthusiasm for his subject, and generously shares his experience of putting cutting-edge ideas into practice."
Elroy Dimson, London Business School and Cambridge Judge Business School


"Every professional asset manager should read Ang's Asset Management, easily the most thoughtfully written, accessible, and carefully researched treatment of the topic. Each chapter is an expertly guided tour."
Darrell Duffie, Graduate School of Business, Stanford University


"Andrew Ang eloquently synthesizes current research on investing together with his own approach to asset management into a highly readable and authoritative book. It is simply the best new book on asset management that I have read - approachable by non-specialists and a treasure for managers and scholars already familiar with the topic. This book is an essential guide to one of the world's most important topics."
William N. Goetzmann, Yale School of Management


"It is no surprise that many of us have been using the unfinished chapters of Andrew Ang's Asset Management for teaching. For over 10 years, there has been glaring lacuna when it comes to textbooks for the teaching of investment finance. Andrew's book fills this void and is destined to become the standard text in investments at top graduate schools. It will also be a must-read for practitioners of investment finance."
Campbell R. Harvey, Duke University Journal of Finance (2006-2012)


"This book is a comprehensive, accessible, and adept


"The phrases "finance textbook" and "page-turner" rarely occupy the same sentence or even the same paragraph, but Asset Management: A Systematic Approach to Factor Investing justifies that pairing of terms."
William J. Bernstein, co-principal at Efficient Frontier Advisors Reviewed by CFA Institute


"This splendid book lays out the important lessons that a new generation of finance research has learned about markets and investing, in a thoughtful and accessible way. Ang focuses on real issues for real players, and distills practical lessons about investment strategies and the investment process."
John H. Cochrane, The University of Chicago, Booth School of Business


"Andrew Ang's inspirational book presents new, important, and influential concepts on investment. He oozes enthusiasm for his subject, and generously shares his experience of putting cutting-edge ideas into practice."
Elroy Dimson, London Business School and Cambridge Judge Business School


"Every professional asset manager should read Ang's Asset Management, easily the most thoughtfully written, accessible, and carefully researched treatment of the topic. Each chapter is an expertly guided tour."
Darrell Duffie, Graduate School of Business, Stanford University


"Andrew Ang eloquently synthesizes current research on investing together with his own approach to asset management into a highly readable and authoritative book. It is simply the best new book on asset management that I have read - approachable by non-specialists and a treasure for managers and scholars already familiar with the topic. This book is an essential guide to one of the world's most important topics."
William N. Goetzmann, Yale School of Management


"It is no surprise that many of us have been using the unfinished chapters of Andrew Ang's Asset Management for teaching. For over 10 years, there has been glaring lacuna when it comes to textbooks for the teaching of investment finance. Andrew's book fills this void and is destined to become the standard text in investments at top graduate schools. It will also be a must-read for practitioners of investment finance."
Campbell R. Harvey, Duke University Journal of Finance (2006-2012)


"This book is a comprehensive, accessible, and adept exposition of the pivotal role played by factor exposures in markets and in portfolio design. Ang shows how these principles can be used to guide both individual investors as well as institutions, and financial practitioners now have a must read source for this critical material."
Steve Ross, Sloan School, MIT


"Andrew Ang has written the next comprehensive 'go to' book on asset management. He treats readers gently as he takes them through the potentially technical world of factor investing, and his generous use of 'real world' case studies gives a helpful intuitive dimension his explanations. All considered, this is a 'must read' book for all asset owners and managers who want to maintain their thought-leadership edge."
Keith Ambachtsheer, Director Emeritus, International Centre for Pension Management, Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto


"The last time I was asked to comment on a book of this quality and applicability I threatened to harm the author for potentially putting me out of a job. I repeat the threat in this case."
Cliff Asness, Founder, Managing Principal, and Chief Investment Officer, AQR Capital Management


"As Andrew Ang knows, the best way to achieve good investment results is to get the portfolio structure right for each client and the key to that is systematic factor investing."
Charles D. Ellis, author of Winning the Loser's Game


"Despite its title, this is much more than a textbook on asset management. Andrew Ang writes in an engaging style that cites his extensive investment experience, without giving up any of the rigor that we would expect from such a prominent academic."
Roger G. Ibbotson, Chairman of Zebra Capital Management and Professor in Practice Emeritus, Yale School of Management


"Professor Ang is leading the factor investing revolution. Written with great clarity and authority, Asset Management is a true pleasure to read."
Knut Norheim Kjaer, Founding CEO of Norges Bank Investment Management and Co-founding Partner of Trient Asset Management


"Andrew's new book is a useful practitioner-oriented update of the developments in asset management in recent decades. For example, assets are seen as bundles of factors, the fundamental drivers which provide the 'nutrients' that drive returns. This framing is certainly helpful in understanding recent developments in the industry. Moreover, the cases which motivate each chapter very nicely tie together the theory and the practice."
Bob Litterman, Chair of the Risk Committee at Kepos Capital, a hedge fund based in New York


"With this book, Professor Ang provides a wonderful gift to all investors. He gently guides readers to a full understanding of the global body of knowledge underlying advanced portfolio management in an easy, assessable way-unencumbered by technical jargon. Read this book, put it on your bookshelf, it will be a treasured resource for years to come."
Rodney Sullivan, Editor, Financial Analysts Journal, CFA Institute


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About the Author

Andrew Ang is the Ann F. Kaplan Professor of Business and Chair of the Finance and Economics Division at Columbia Business School.


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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9c726780) out of 5 stars 12 reviews
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9cb4c8d0) out of 5 stars A wonderful book Dec 2 2014
By George Hariton - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This book presents finance as informed by the latest research. However, it is reader-friendly and actually enjoyable to read.

The unifying thread is factor investing, i.e. that you are really investing in assets that have various kinds of risks, and that it is these risks, not the asset (which merely serves as a wrapper) that are important. In particular, an investor should be aware of what would constitute "bad times" for him or her, and how assets (and their risk factors) would perform in such times.

Along the way, the author does an excellent job explaining why diversification works, why rebalancing one's portfolio is the best strategy for most of us, and what rebalancing actually does (effectively the investor is "short volatility"). Many other aspects are covered, including such current "hot topics" as low volatility strategies, how to hedge against inflation, and so on.

While many of the ideas are quite advanced, the author succeeds in making them simple enough that non-specialists can follow along. He is also careful to draw out implications for individual investors, who don't have powerful number-crunching and other advanced tools.

This should not be your first book. While the discussion is from first principles, it does require a level of comfort with the basic concepts. But if you have read a couple of the introductory books, and are wondering what to look at next, I strongly recommend this.
9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9cb27f18) out of 5 stars good but too many typos Oct. 22 2014
By Ryan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Spent a weekend to crack it. Generally speaking, this book is fine. I like the fact it presents current research status of finance, though much of research is related to the author's work. On the other hand, this book has tons of typos, which must make you wondering if there are many errors in the content. The ideas presented in the book are simple and straightforward, however, they can be described in much more concise way through less than 10 math formulas. Basically, the fancy word of "factor investing" is to sort out sources of risks/factors and through a top-down framework to weigh if the investors are willing to collect the risk premiums by bearing a set of risks, i.e. possibilities of losses at bad times.
HASH(0x9c9fbaec) out of 5 stars Good book but not for individual investors June 12 2016
By C. Ang - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Asset Management is useful because it provides a good background on "factors" that are persistent over the long-term and it promotes portfolio rebalancing. But, these are really old ideas for serious students of finance. In addition, the book fails on practical implementation, especially for individual investors that do not have tens of millions of dollars to invest (institutional investors or portfolio managers of high net worth individuals hopefully already know these concepts). For example, a portfolio that is long value and short growth is necessary to exploit the value premium. But, this strategy already poses several problems for the individual investor. First, as an individual investor, you have to be willing and able to short stocks. That's asking the individual to increase his/her leverage, which some may not be comfortable with. If investing in stocks is like gambling, this strategy is like doubling-down on your bet. The author acknowledges a long only value portfolio will not yield high returns. Second, there is no guidance on which value stocks and which growth stocks do you have to invest in. Even if there were guidance, this poses several problems for the individual investor. The first is the access to market data and fundamental data, which could be expensive and/or time-consuming to collect. Then, even if you have access to the data, you need to have the analytical skills to identify which stocks you would select. Finally, you would have to balance out transactions costs, so you have to be selective in picking which stocks and the number of stocks that you would go long and short. Third, portfolio rebalancing is an easy concept to implement if you have two index funds: one equity and one fixed income. However, if you have a portfolio with more than two assets, there is no guidance on which asset you should sell if you want to reduce exposure to a particular factor and which asset you should buy if you want to increase exposure to a particular factor. In the case of the long value and short growth, which of the stocks should I rebalance with including consideration for transactions costs?
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9c72d558) out of 5 stars Worth it Aug. 30 2015
By BDonnelly713 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Amazing overview of so many key topics in financial management in one book. I was hesitant on the price but it was well worth it for the overview of so many varied topics and how they all relate to one another.
HASH(0x9cbbf54c) out of 5 stars The first book I read about asset management, and would probably be the best. June 16 2016
By Fred Zhikang Yu - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Very good in a sense that it integrated various interesting and practical topics into one book.

Not all contents are about factor investing but those not about factor investing are well written as well.

One thing I am not happy with is that the factors Andrew Ang looked at are too few. There are other well researched factors in industry and academia world that he didn't not mention. Might be he was not convinced but I was expecting them.

Now Andrew Ang joined BlackRock and was in charge of factor investing.
Hopefully he can start another revolution by popularizing factor funds, in which people get long term outperformance to the market index fund without paying the active management fees.


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