- Hardcover: 240 pages
- Publisher: Viking Canada (AHC); 1 edition (Oct. 7 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0670043362
- ISBN-13: 978-0670043361
- Product Dimensions: 21 x 2.2 x 24.8 cm
- Shipping Weight: 544 g
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #242,959 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Contrarian Investors 13 Hardcover – Oct 7 2002
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With memories still fresh from the stock market's most recent boondoggle--the technology frenzy of 1999 and 2000--The Contrarian Investor's 13 by Benj Gallander will undoubtedly find a wide and highly receptive audience. The co-editor of the Contra the Heard newsletter offers 13 rules and guidelines for investing that help readers break from the pack and reduce their dependence on brokers and advisers. Gallander has chalked up an impressive 10-year annualized return of 25.4 per cent by confronting accepted practice. "The constitution of the herd is such that when there is a big carnival, people want to suck back the snow cone. Nothing draws a crowd like a crowd," he warns.
The key to being a contrarian, however, is not simply being disagreeable and going against the herd, Gallander points out. Rather, it is choosing select moments in time to be on the other side of the fence. Gallander shows readers why traditional methods of measuring the risk-reward relationship are often bogus and how "the devil of overdiversification" can damage returns. He offers tips on buying stocks and deciding when to sell. His writing is vivid and opinionated and his tenets are just as valuable to neophyte investors as to grizzled veterans. Even readers who decide to hang on to their financial adviser will find the book useful--it never hurts to ask a few more pointed questions. --Carolyn Leitch
About the Author
Benj Gallander, MBA, together with Ben Stadelmann, writes arguably the number-one investment letter in North America. His previous books include The Canadian Small Business Survival Guide, currently in its tenth printing, and The Uncommon Investor . He is a published playwright, has travelled to thirty countries and has worked in Czechoslovakia, France, Israel and Nepal. He is a much sought-after speaker on the lecture circuit.
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There is also another book called The Uncommon Investor III that you can find on Amazon but it is an older book which takes the same idea as this one but perhaps for more novice people.