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The Well-Read Investor

Find out about new business books in The Well-Read Investor! Books selected and reviewed by Report on Business writer Andrew Allentuck.

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Stocks

Lessons from the Greatest Stock Traders of All Time

John Boik, who is described in a note on the back of this paperback as an active stock trader, has assembled the wisdom of five fairly famous investors. In sequence, they are commodities trader Jesse Livermore, financier and statesman Bernard Baruch, dancer turned speculator Nicholas Darvas, investment banker Gerald Loeb, and stock broker William O'Neill.
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The First Time Investor: How to Start Safe, Invest Smart, and Sleep Well

In the ever expanding market of books for investment virgins, The First Time Investor stands out for its good sense, valuable information, refusal to talk down to the presumably naive reader, and balance.
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Mutual Funds

All About Index Funds: The Easy Way to Get Started

All About Index Funds is American content, but the Canadian reader can disregard discussions of 401-k plans and 12-b fees and stick to the argument for indexing. There is hardly a better compact discussion of the origins and growth of the industry. As a provocative read and as a reference work, Mr. Ferri has produced a work that is simply superb
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Gordon Pape's 2003 Buyer's Guide to Mutual Funds

The oldest and perhaps the most respected of Canadian fund manuals, Gordon Pape's Guide to Mutual Funds is thorough and wise. For the investor who wants management and the hand holding that managers and advisors provide, there is still no better guide than Gordon Pape's 2003 Buyer's Guide to Mutual Funds.
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Personal Finance

The Standard & Poor's Guide to Long-Term Investing

How appropriate that Standard & Poor's, the financial publishing house that rates stocks and bonds, should create a layman's entry-level guide to investing. Author Joseph R. Tigue, a former managing editor of the S&P newsletter, The Outlook, has written an up to the minute, broadly accessible, and very wise guide to saving and investing, managing risks, and not being scalped into poverty by financial hustlers.
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Portfolio Theory and Performance Analysis

A mathematical introduction to the measurement of investment managers performance, this academic work brings the literature of the field up to date. Noël Amenc, editor of the Journal of Alternative Investments and a professor of finance at France's Edhec Business School, and Véronique Le Sourd, a mathematician at the Edhec Risk and Asset Management Centre, take the reader through major issues in performance measurement
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Make Yourself a Millionaire: How to Sleep Well and Stay Sane on the Road to Wealth

The dustjacket of this US-centric guide to financial planning says that author Charles C. Zhang "was the #1 rated financial advisor in 2002 out of American Express Financial Advisors' more than 9,000 financial advisors nationwide." Pity Amex clients, for if Mr. Zhang is the best they can do, they are in trouble.
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Heroes & Scoundrels

Testosterone Inc.. Stories of CEOs Gone Wild

Wheel, Deal, and Steal is a great read. It's a fine summary of the fin de siècle mood of investors to go for broke and of the greed investment community that made sure many did just that.
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Pigs at the Trough: How Corporate Greed and Political Corruption Are Undermining America

Pigs at the Trough is summer reading, a batch of memorable one liners, nothing too deep, nothing challenging, but lovely to read and, in parts, luscious enough to make you want to move your lips pronouncing Ms. Huffington's puns. This book is more flake than fact, but porcine insults aside, it is great if brief entertainment.
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