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Heads I win, tails I win : why smart investors fail and how to tilt the odds in your favor / Spencer Jakab.

Jakab, Spencer (Author).
Book
  • ISBN: 0399563202
  • ISBN: 9780399563201
  • Physical Description: vi, 280 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
  • Publisher: New York, New York : Portfolio/Penguin, [2016]

Available copies

  • 1 of 1 copy available at George H. and Ella M. Rodgers Memorial Library.

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0 current holds with 1 total copy.

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George H. and Ella M. Rodgers Memorial Library 332.6 JAKAB 34510011032255 Non-Fiction Available -

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 263-268) and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
Lake Moneybegone -- Timing Isn't Everything -- Turning Lemons Into Lemonade -- Who Wants To Be A Billionaire? -- Actually, Timing Is Everything -- The Celebrity Cephalopod -- Seers And Seer Suckers -- Where Are The Customers' Yachts? -- Heads I Win, Tails You Lose -- Seven Habits Of Highly Ineffective Investors -- But Wait, There's More -- Far From The Maddening Crowd -- The Hungarian Grandma Indicator (Or Why You May Need An Advisor) -- Leaving Lake Moneybegone.
Summary, etc.:
"Since leaving his job as a ... stock analyst to become an investing columnist, Jakab has watched his readers--and his family, friends, and colleagues--make the same mistakes again and again. He set out to evaluate the typical advice people get, from the clearly risky to the seemingly safe, to figure out where it all goes wrong and how they could do much better"--Dust jacket flap.
Patron Reviews:
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  • Baker & Taylor
    A lighthearted financial parable by the Wall Street Journal "Ahead of the Tape" columnist challenges common investing approaches to explain how they undermine even the most savvy investor's returns, sharing reliable strategies that have a potential to multiply typical retirement nest eggs.
  • Penguin Putnam
    INVESTING IS ONE OF THE FEW AREAS IN LIFE WHERE EVEN VERY SMART PEOPLE LET HOPE TRIUMPH OVER EXPERIENCE
     
    According to Wall Street Journal investing colum­nist Spencer Jakab, most of us have no idea how much money we’re leaving on the table—or that the average saver doesn’t come anywhere close to earning the “average” returns touted in those glossy brochures. We’re handicapped not only by psychological biases and a fear of missing out, but by an industry with multimillion-dollar marketing budgets and an eye on its own bottom line, not yours.
     
    Unless you’re very handy, you probably don’t know how to fix your own car or give a family member a decent haircut. But most Americans are expected to be part-time fund managers. With a steady, livable pension check becoming a rarity, we’ve been entrusted with our own finances and, for the most part, failed miserably.
     
    Since leaving his job as a top-rated stock ana­lyst to become an investing columnist, Jakab has watched his readers—and his family, friends, and colleagues—make the same mistakes again and again. He set out to evaluate the typical advice people get, from the clearly risky to the seemingly safe, to figure out where it all goes wrong and how they could do much better.
    Blending entertaining stories with some sur­prising research, Jakab explains
     
    ·How a typical saver could have a retirement nest egg twice as large by being cheap and lazy.
    ·Why investors who put their savings with a high-performing mutual fund manager end up worse off than if they’d picked one who has struggled.
    ·The best way to cash in on your hunch that a recession is looming.
    ·How people who check their brokerage accounts frequently end up falling behind the market.
    ·Who isn’t nearly as good at investing as the media would have you think.
     
    He also explains why you should never trust a World Cup–predicting octopus, why you shouldn’t invest in companies with an X or a Z in their names, and what to do if a time traveler offers you eco­nomic news from the future.
     
    Whatever your level of expertise, Heads I Win, Tails I Win can help you vastly improve your odds of investment success.
Subject: Investments
Finance, Personal

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