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The Davis Dynasty: Fifty Years of Successful Investing on Wall Street

The Davis Dynasty: Fifty Years of Successful Investing on Wall Street

John Rothchild

ISBN: 978-0-471-47441-8 December 2003 320 Pages


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A half-century of Wall Street history as seen through the lives of its most illustrious family
This compelling new narrative from bestselling author John Rothchild tells the story of three generations of the legendary Davis family, who rank among the most successful investors in the history of the Street. With a novelist's wit and eye for telling detail, Rothchild chronicles the financial escapades of this eccentric, pioneering clan, providing a vivid portrait of fifty years of Wall Street history along the way. Rothchild shadows the Davis family's holdings through two lengthy bull markets, two savage and seven mild bear markets, one crash, and twenty-five corrections and, in the process, reveals the strategies behind the family's uncanny ability to consistently beat the markets.
The Davis Dynasty begins in 1947, the year Shelby Davis quit his job as a state bureaucrat and, armed with $50,000 of his wife's money, took the plunge into stock investing. By the time he died in 1994, he had multiplied his wife's original stake 8,000 times! The story continues with his son, Shelby, who established one of the most successful funds of the past thirty years. The final characters in this enthralling family saga are grandsons Chris and Andrew. Both surrendered to the Davis family passion for investing and both went on to earn reputations as investment luminaries in their own right.
John Rothchild (Miami Beach, FL) co-wrote the blockbusters One Up on Wall Street, Beating the Street, and Learn to Earn with Peter Lynch. He is the author of Survive and Profit in Ferocious Markets (Wiley: 0-471-34882-1), A Fool and His Money (Wiley: 0-471-25138-0), and Going for Broke. He has written for Harper's, Rolling Stone, Esquire, and other leading magazines and he has appeared on the Today Show, the Nightly Business Report, and CNBC.

Davis Meets His Bankroll.

From the Great Depression To the Hitler Crisis.

Beyond the Rear-View Mirror.

A Last Hurrah for Bonds.

A Crib Course in Coverage.

From Bureaucrat to Investor.

The Bullish 1950s.

Davis Shops Abroad.

Wall Street a Go-Go.

Shelby Gets Funded.

The Inheritance Flap.

Cool Trio Runs Hot Fund.

The Worst Decline Since 1929.

Davis on the Rebound.

Shelby Buys Banks--Davis Buys Everything.

The Grandsons Get in the Game.

The Family Joins Forces.

Chris Inherits Venture.

Investing à la Davis.

Source Notes.

"...Rothchild's book is a combination of entertaining biography and successful investment philosophy..." (Lloyd's List, 28 September, 2001)
"...well-researched, solidly written book..." (Institutional Investor, 1 October, 2001)