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Investment Illusions: A Savvy Wall Street Pro Explores Popular Misconceptions About the Markets

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Investment Illusions: A Savvy Wall Street Pro Explores Popular Misconceptions About the Markets

Martin S. Fridson

ISBN: 978-0-471-15551-5 March 1996 240 Pages

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What the experts are saying about INVESTMENT ILLUSIONS

"One of the most entertaining, readable, and well-informed books onpersonal investing that I have seen. With erudition and wit,Fridson takes aim at the shibboleths, sacred cows, and snakeoilsalesmen of the personal investing industry. Investment Illusionsis a practical and engaging 'how-not-to' guide." --Stuart C.Gilson, Assistant Professor of Business Administration, HarvardUniversity.

"Investment Illusions presents much good financial advice and agreat deal of financial history, especially recent financialhistory, in an easy-to-read style. I enjoyed it." --Harry M.Markowitz, Nobel Laureate in Economics, Marvin Speiser Professor ofFinance and Economics, Baruch College.

"Once in a while, you read a book which makes you think, 'I wishI'd read this book ten years ago.' Investment Illusions is such abook. I found it highly entertaining as well as instructive--thekind of book you pass on to a friend." --Richard Lehmann,President, Bond Investors Association.

"Illusions can seem tangible and yet be fallacious. As usual, MartyFridson uncovers minefields in some of the most importantinvestment fundamentals in a clever and intuitive fashion." --TonyKao, Director of Investment Research, General Motors InvestmentManagement Corporation.
Partial table of contents:

WHY BAD THINGS HAPPEN TO GOOD INVESTMENT STRATEGIES.

It's Lonely at the Top.

Gambler's Blues.

NUMBERS RACKETS.

Out of the Blue.

The Missing Link.

SMOKE AND MIRRORS.

How to Run a Boiler Room.

Pass the Trash.

FOR YOUR (MIS)INFORMATION.

Missing Records.

The Art of Plain Talk.

DEFICIENT MARKET HYPOTHESES.

Slow But Not So Steady.

Foreign Matter.

Bibliography.

Index.