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The Portable MBA in Investment

ISBN: 978-0-471-10661-6
448 pages
October 1995
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The Portable MBA in Investment

Edited by Peter L. Bernstein

a state-of-the-art program in investment principles and applications from top-flight professionals

"Peter Bernstein and his Dream Team tackle the entire investment spectrum--from soup to nuts--and emerge triumphant. Must reading for all investors--even those who already have their MBAs." --Jack R. Meyer, President and CEO Harvard Management Company, Inc.

"This book provides a treasure chest for the serious student of investment." --William Reichenstein, Power Chair in Investment Management Baylor University

"This is an indispensable resource for anyone who is serious about investing. The lucid and insightful contributions by highly respected experts successfully blend theory with practice." --Claude Erb, Managing Editor First Chicago Investment Management Company

"Peter Bernstein has uniquely facilitated a revolution in investment thinking and practice over the last several decades. Students of investing everywhere are fortunate to have such a useful guide to some of the best practices in use today by the professional investment industry." --Patricia C. Dunn, Managing Director and CEO Defined Benefit Group

"This book is an excellent addition to the investment bookshelf. It's long on substance, as readers of Peter Bernstein have come to expect of his work." --Charles Froland, Managing Director Stanford Investment Management Company

Once upon a time, Wall Street lived off nice little homilies like "buy low and sell high" and "don't put all your eggs in one basket." But investors can no longer depend on such well-worn proverbs.

Today, the winners on Wall Street employ a body of theory that transforms logic, psychology, and statistical sophistication into a powerful package of systematic principles for successful investing. This body of theory is the investor's survival kit in a financial world flooded with information, novel strategies, and dazzling financial instruments.

The Portable MBA in Investment is a comprehensive guide to investing in today's world of finance, with emphasis on converting theoretical concepts into profitable applications. Edited by Peter L. Bernstein, one of the most knowledgeable and respected names in finance, The Portable MBA in Investment is ideal for serious investors, people with fiduciary responsibilities, business managers, professionals, and students pursuing investment careers.

The book brings together an all-star team of experienced investment professionals and leading academics. Their lucid and authoritative contributions explain the state-of-the-art approach to everything from setting objectives and choosing strategies to asset allocation, valuation, risk management, tax considerations, and performance measurement.

In his introduction, Peter Bernstein states, "The essence of investment theory is that being smart is not a sufficient condition for being rich. This book is about the missing ingredients." The Portable MBA in Investment enables you to experience top-level instruction on investment principles at your own pace--without the time and expense of an MBA program.

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The Investment Setting.

First Things First: Setting Objectives.

Global Management and Asset Allocation.

Valuation.

Investment Strategy.

Measuring and Managing Investment Risk.

Evaluating Investment Performance.

Tax Considerations in Investing.

U.S.

Corporate Governance: Lessons From the 1980s.

Chapter Notes.

About the Author.

Index.
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About the editor: PETER L. BERNSTEIN is the author of the bestselling Capital Ideas: The Improbable Origins of Modern Wall Street and founding editor of The Journal of Portfolio Management. He is president of Peter L. Bernstein Inc., an economic consultancy to institutional investors and corporations. He managed billions of dollars for individuals and institutions for over 20 years. A former member of the research staff of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, Mr. Bernstein has taught in the graduate program of The New School in Manhattan, and has lectured widely throughout the United States and abroad.

Among the expert contributors:

Robert Arnott, CFA, President, First Quadrant Corporation, and coeditor of Active Asset Management.

Gary Brinson, CFA, President of Brinson Partners, Inc., and past Chairman of the Institute of Chartered Financial Analysts.

Donald Chew, Editor of The Journal of Applied Corporate Finance and Executive Vice President of Stern Stewart & Co., the New York-based corporate finance advisory firm.

Roger G. Clarke, CFA and PhD, President of TSA Capital Management, author of Options and Futures: A Tutorial, and coauthor of Managing Currency Risks.

Charles D. Ellis, CFA and PhD, Managing Partner of Greenwich Associates, former Chairman of the Association for Investment Management Research (AIMR), and coauthor of Wall Street People.

Nancy Jacob, PhD, CEO of CTC Consulting, former Dean of the School of Business at the University of Washington, and long-time trustee of College Retirement Equity Fund.

Robert H. Jeffrey, Chairman of The Jeffrey Company, a major investment fund, and a frequent contributor to investment journals.

Michael Jensen, Edsel Bryant Ford Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School and founder of the Journal of Financial Economics.

Mark Kritzman, CFA, a founding partner of Windham Capital Management and author of The Portable Financial Analyst.

Terry Marsh, PhD, Associate Professor of Finance, Haas School of Business at the University of California at Berkeley, former Batterymarch Fellow, and Yamaichi Fellow at the University of Tokyo.
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