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Now, for the first time, investors can cut through the hype and see for themselves what works and what doesn't on Wall Street. James O'Shaughnessy, author of the highly-acclaimed Invest Like the Best, analyzes 30 years worth of CompuStat stock market data to show how the 15 most popular investment strategies have actually performed over time. With What Works on Wall Street ...more
Hardcover, 400 pages
Published September 1st 1996 by McGraw-Hill Inc.,US (first published August 1996)
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Low Keng
A serious book for a serious investor. The book gives an investor a strategy to invest . Backed by research and evidence over a number of years, investors will be guided by these data to form an opinion on their investment.
If you are a true investor with economic knowledge this book is terrific. There isn't really much writing. However the book is a compilation of all the possible investment strategies that one could think of using the stock market history going back before the depression, although most data is from the 1960's on. The data is presented in spreadsheet format with common text explaining the details that sort of repeats over and over. However the data is clear about what the winning strategies are. I ...more
This book is not for the average investor, by any means. It's for professional investors, and even, should be read slowly and more than once or twice. There was something different each time I read it, which has to be five times or more. It's a great book with great information. Using that information is the not so easy part. Although there were more editing errors than I've ever seen in a book, NONE of them took away from the book's message. The book is filled with so very very DRY STATISTICAL ...more
Wealth of data backed by research. Must be required reading for every aspiring investor when they are still impressionable. I do not think many strategies are easy to implement for small investors...except possibly dividend yield and dogs of Dow. But the book nevertheless provides solid research findings to support the following theorems:
1. Value investing- investing in mis-priced securities.
2. Reversion to mean
3. Benefit of long term compounding.
Matt Faus
This book is 90% charts and graphs of stock data from 1954-1994 and 10% analysis. Maybe this was useful in 1996, but this data is pretty widely available elsewhere in more convenient formats.
Quintiles, deciles, and betas oh my. Numbers, numbers, blah, blah, blah. Data heads will love this book. Readers won't.
Jim O'shaughnessy
The 4th edition of my book has lots of new information in it for stock market junkies.
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