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Synopsis: These have been tumultuous times for those involved in investing. Since the financial crisis began in earnest in the fall of 2007 nothing has been easy in the financial markets. During this period some have wondered if we have entered a new paradigm in investing, they have examined whether old assumptions are still valid and contemplated whether previous metrics still have a place in today's investing arena. Despite the sense that the times have changed, many still cling to old methods and old ways of thinking about things. This book takes the opposite view - it wonders if everything we thought we knew about investing was wrong. It takes the most common and widely held beliefs and presents an opposing viewpoint. Too many times I have seen people agree on points where they have no basis, no data, nothing to support their position except that "everyone knows that's the way it is." At more than one conference I have challenged these notions, asking for support for their belief. Seldom is there anything to back up their statements. Hopefully these people come away with the realization that they should do a little research (or at least a little thinking) before jumping on the bandwagon to agree with anything that builds momentum and consensus. This is not to say that they were wrong, they might very well have been correct. But they would have been correct by chance, not because they independently arrived at a similar conclusion based on data, theory or preponderance of evidence.
Everyone knows rules for investing. Follow them, and your investments will pay off. But what if the rules were wrong? What if what we thought was important really had little or no relevance, or what if the rules we followed blinded us to better investment decisions? In this intriguing book, Jeffry Haber scrutinizes the common knowledge about investing; he doesn't claim to have the answers but wants people to question long-held beliefs and hopefully make more informed choices.
- Sacramento Book Review
The book is written in a friendly, conversational, even humorous style, and the author condensed and paraphrased his findings so well that even I was able to understand them. Appropriately enough, I had heard of and 'knew' the investing rules -- they are, indeed, common knowledge. His supports for re-examining them were strong and clear, as he explained the data sets and what they represented. Readers will become aware of many unfounded assumptions and start to ask the questions that may lead to better investments.- San Francisco Book Review
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