This is a very interesting book on employee stock options. Honestly the title doesn't do this book justice , it should be more dynamic of a title or a...moreThis is a very interesting book on employee stock options. Honestly the title doesn't do this book justice , it should be more dynamic of a title or at least " How to get the most out of your employee stock options"!
Olagues & Summa are clearly very bright guys, the book is laid out in an easy to read way and I will never look at employee stock options in the same way again. - Good Stuff !(less)
The Futures, written by Emily Lambert, a senior writer at Forbes magazine.
The Futures is a good book, especially if it is your first book into the hi...moreThe Futures, written by Emily Lambert, a senior writer at Forbes magazine.
The Futures is a good book, especially if it is your first book into the history of the Chicago Exchanges. Emily Lambert does a good job at laying out some basic history of the exchanges and she organizes the chapters by commodity which is convenient. She makes the subject matter interesting by going through the list of the usual suspects, to her credit she also comes up with some people we don’t hear from much anymore like Maury Kravitz, she also describes his hunt for Genghis Khan’s treasure ,which I always thought was cool. What made the book interesting for me was that one of the characters in the book is Bill Henner a 3rd generation trader who happens to be a friend and a business associate of mine, It was nice to see him in the book.
Overall, It is a good book, though I wish it was a bit more balanced; She had the cigar smoke and pinky rings scene down, but I was hoping that she also included the positive aspects of what the Exchanges have to offer and the people who have dedicated their careers to working in them.
Zero-Sum Game: The Rise of the World's Largest Derivatives Exchange
Zero-Sum Game is a well-written and very informative book. The author, a former Chi...moreZero-Sum Game: The Rise of the World's Largest Derivatives Exchange
Zero-Sum Game is a well-written and very informative book. The author, a former Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT) employee Erika Olson, does an excellent job describing the merger of two bitter rivals; the Chicago Board of Trade and the Chicago Mercantile Exchange and the multibillion-dollar bidding war between the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) and the InterContinentalExchange (ICE) for control of CBOT. Olson also does a great job interweaving the history of the exchanges, the mechanics of the exchanges and giving us amusing insight to the Who’s who of the industry, all in a very easy to read format.
Being involved in the industry I was drawn to the book, I thought I was buying a book that would provide me insight to the history & cultures of the CBOT and the CME; I never thought that I was also buying a thrilling page turner which the book turned out to be!
This book is a must read for anyone in the futures industry, I would also recommend this book to anyone interested in the politics of a merger. (less)
A Gift to My Children: A Father's Lessons for Life and Investing.
Legendary investor Jim Rogers co-foundered the Quantum Fund with George Soros in 197...moreA Gift to My Children: A Father's Lessons for Life and Investing.
Legendary investor Jim Rogers co-foundered the Quantum Fund with George Soros in 1970; then he retired at the age of 37, he spent a number of years traveling the world by motorcycle and later traveling the world with his wife by car. He has taught at Columbia University and authored the best selling books: Adventure Capitalist, Investment Biker, Hot Commodities, and a Bull in China.
In A Gift to My Children, Jim Rogers writes about how to learn from our own achievements and our own mistakes in order to achieve a successful well-lived life. I am always amazed when he admits a mistake and then makes a great lesson from it. If you have read his other works you will see some of his basic principles again; think for yourself, see the world, be persistent, focus on what you have passion for, and trust your own judgment.
I found this short book an enjoyable read, there are lessons in life for all of us in this book, people familiar with his work will quickly recognize his down to earth easy to read style of writing but this time he adds paternal love and protectiveness to it. This book is very touching, I hope that Jim Rogers' daughters will be proud that their father not only took the time to write a book for them but also put his heart into it.
Having met Jim Rogers and his daughter Baby Bee in their Singapore home, I can say this man lives as he preaches and if you have ever listen to him speak you would be able to hear his words ring true in this book, I believe you would find this book a valuable read if you are an investor or just a parent who would like to pass along wisdom to your children.
I read “Hot Commodities” after first reading Jim Rogers’ book a “Bull in China”. I am a China Market Consultant and I started reading “Hot Commodities”...moreI read “Hot Commodities” after first reading Jim Rogers’ book a “Bull in China”. I am a China Market Consultant and I started reading “Hot Commodities” while helping a Futures Brokerage client enter the Greater China Market Place.
On a trip to Singapore I was able to meet with Mr. Rogers not only to get my books signed by him, but to also hear his view on the world of investing and where he thought it was going, I left his home excited to get back to reading his book and also to start studying for the Series 3 License. So with that said, this review might be slightly biased.
I found the book to be a well written easy to read introductory guide to the world of commodity investing. Jim Rogers takes a long term fundamentalist approach to investing, in the book Jim Rogers proves to us that fortunes are made by thinking independently from the crowd, finding opportunities and then making logical investment decisions.
In the book he does a beautiful job at telling us about political and other developments that affect commodities, he uses oil, gold, lead, sugar and coffee as examples.
He also makes some nice parallels with the stock market and commodities market, suggesting that commodities can be a useful diversification in our portfolios.
Over all I would say this book is a must read, the book gives us some great insights from an investing legend. (less)
Riding the Storm Out by John Bougearel This book is a historical narrative of our current economic disaster caused by the credit and subprime/foreclosu...moreRiding the Storm Out by John Bougearel This book is a historical narrative of our current economic disaster caused by the credit and subprime/foreclosure crisis that led to the collapse of the financial system. The story begins with the epic crash on Wall Street, its impact on Main Street and the real economy. I can personally relate to the book as my home’s value continues to decline and my taxes in the US continue to climb; I find myself nodding my head in agreement with the author.
Riding the Storm Out is a good read, written in a very easy to read format and John Bougearel sets the tone for the book in the very beginning when he states “writing history so close to real time is like painting on canvas it can go on forever and still be a work in progress”, with that said John Bougearel does an excellent job of outlining the issues that got us here and comparing it to the issues that got us into the Great Depression. I believe it took courage to write this book before the dust has actually settled and we can use modern history to look back at the crisis, but the author seems right on track so far.
I would suggest this book to anyone who wants to know “ How did we get here” and where we might go from here.
The legendary commodities investor Jim Rogers has written an interesting top down book on investing in China.
Jim Rogers has the ability to assimilate...moreThe legendary commodities investor Jim Rogers has written an interesting top down book on investing in China.
Jim Rogers has the ability to assimilate a vast amount of detailed information and reproduce it in a simplistic and systematic format that everyone can comprehend.
I agree with Jim Rogers' optimism on China, which is what attracted me to the book. What I enjoyed most about this book is Jim Rogers’ desire to educate and inspire everyone to invest regardless of his or her investing sophistication at his or her own comfort level.
This book is worth reading for any globally minded investor and I look forward to reading more of his work. (less)
This book is a very entertaining fictionalized story about young Ivy League Hedge-Fund Cowboys who raid Asian Markets for Millions. This is a very ente...moreThis book is a very entertaining fictionalized story about young Ivy League Hedge-Fund Cowboys who raid Asian Markets for Millions. This is a very entertaining book that reads like a novel, it is a must read for anyone who wants to be involved in the finance world in Asia. I only wished that it was more technical. (less)