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Active Value Investing: Making Money in Range-Bound Markets

ISBN: 978-0-470-05315-7
304 pages
September 2007
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A strategy to profit when markets are range bound–which is half of the time

One of the most significant challenges facing today’s active investor is how to make money during the times when markets are going nowhere. Bookshelves are groaning under the weight of titles written on investment strategy in bull markets, but there is little guidance on how to invest in range bound markets. In this book, author and respected investment portfolio manager Vitaliy Katsenelson makes a convincing case for range-bound market conditions and offers readers a practical strategy for proactive investing that improves profits. This guide provides investors with the know-how to modify the traditional, fundamentally driven strategies that they have become so accustomed to using in bull markets, so that they can work in range bound markets. It offers new approaches to margin of safety and presents terrific insights into buy and sell disciplines, international investing, "Quality, Valuation, and Growth" framework, and much more.

Vitaliy Katsenelson, CFA (Denver, CO) has been involved with the investment industry since 1994. He is a portfolio manager with Investment Management Associates where he co-manages institutional and personal assets utilizing fundamental analysis. Katsenelson is a member of the CFA Institute, has served on the board of CFA Society of Colorado, and is also on the board of Retirement Investment Institute. Vitaliy is an adjunct faculty member at the University of Colorado at Denver - Graduate School of Business. He is also a regular contributor to the Financial Times, The Motley Fool, and Minyanville.com.

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Preface.

Introduction.

Acknowledgments.

Part I. What the Future Holds.

Chapter 1. Introduction: Range-Bound Markets Happen.

Chapter 2. Emotions of Secular Bull, Bear and Range-Bound Markets.

Chapter 3. Stock Market Math.

Chapter 4. Bonds: A Viable Alternative?

Part II. Active Value Investing.

Analytics.

Introduction to Analytics: Quality, Valuation, Growth.

Chapter 5. The "Q" - Quality.

Chapter 6. The "G" - Growth.

Chapter 7. The "V" - Valuation.

Chapter 8. Let's Put It All Together.

Strategy.

Introduction to Strategy: The Value of Process and Discipline.

Chapter 9. Buy Process - Fine Tuning.

Chapter 10. Buy Process - Contrarian Investing.

Chapter 11. Buy Process - International Investing.

Chapter 12. Sell Process - Darwin Would Be Proud.

Risk and Diversification.

Introduction to Risk and Diversification.

Chapter 13. A Different View of Risk.

Chapter 14. A Different View of Diversification.

Chapter 15. Conclusion and Implication.

Appendix A. Years to Bull Market.

Endnotes.

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VITALIY N. KATSENELSON, CFA, has been involved with the investment industry since 1994. He is a portfolio manager with Investment Management Associates, where he comanages institutional and personal assets utilizing fundamental analysis. He is also an adjunct faculty member at the University of Colorado at Denver, Graduate School of Business. Katsenelson is a regular contributor to the Financial Times, MarketWatch from Dow Jones, and Minyanville.com. He is a CFA charter holder, member of CFA Institute, has served on the boards of the CFA Society of Colorado, and is currently on the board of the Retirement Investment Institute. Katsenelson received both his bachelor of science and his master of science in finance from the University?of Colorado at Denver, where he graduated cum laude. To read articles Katsenelson has written over the years, please visit: ContrarianEdge.com or ActiveValueInvesting.com.

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Katsenelson's is straightforward enough to keep a rookie investor engaged, and in-depth enough to retain the interest of old pros, which makes this a great book for those of all skill levels. He does a comprehensive job of reviewing the market's past, projecting its potential future, and developing a case for why value investing will shine as the market stagnates. He combines historical and financial analysis, along with engaging stories from his experience as a professional investment manager.--Chuck Saletta, Motley Fool

This book should be considered a practical compendium of modern finance, leaving no stones unturned on your way to better investments. Katsenelson’s passionate, witty and accessible writing expertly takes the reader through his original framework for valuing stocks in range-bound markets. A student of history and an overzealous stock picker, the author entertainingly illustrates every concept with a collection of real-world examples, demonstrating an impressive breadth and depth of understanding of what makes stocks move!--J.P. Tremblay, CFA

"How to adapt value investing for "range-bound" markets." (Financial Times, Tues 26th February 2008)

"The new Benjamin Graham is Vitaliy N. Katsenelson. I highly recommend Katsenelson's book, Active Value Investing: Making Money in Range-Bound Markets (Wiley, 2007). I like to think the old Ben Graham would have recommended it, too."--Forbes

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