Summary of Fast Stocks, Fast Money

How to Make Money Investing in New Issues and Small Company Stocks

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Fast Stocks, Fast Money book summary
This guy manages over $1 billion. He must know something, right?


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If you want to know how to get into the latest hot IPO, you probably can’t. But don’t let that dissuade you from reading Robert Natale’s book, in which the Bear Stearns money manager argues that the quickest way to get rich is by investing in small cap stocks. Despite his enthusiasm, Natale is no wide-eyed cheerleader for the small cap market. He acknowledges that these are risky investments that are susceptible to devastating downturns and wealth-sapping manipulation. It’s not the sort of argument one would expect from a small-cap guru, but Natale makes a convincing case. He also provides a solid primer for beginner investors, as well as guidelines and mathematic formulas that will help any individual investor evaluate small stock and IPO investments. getAbstract recommends this book to anyone interested in boosting the returns on a personal portfolio.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why you should invest in small stocks
  • Which four factors govern how to allocate assets
  • Which three rules IPO investors should follow


The Joy of Small Caps
The time is right to buy small-cap stocks because they have fallen out of favor with investors. From 1995 through 1998, small caps lagged the market. In 1998, small-cap stocks suffered a terrible year in relation to the broader market, falling 2.1% while the S&...
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About the Author

Robert Natale is an expert on small-cap stocks and initial public offerings. He is a managing director at Bear Stearns Asset Management and portfolio manager for the Bear Stearns S&P STARS Portfolio Fund. He edited the Standard & Poor’s Emerging and Special Situations newsletter for more than a decade.

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