Summary of Investment Philosophies

Successful Investment Strategies and the Greatest Investors Who Made Them Work

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Investment Philosophies book summary
Investing basics: you need to know value investing, market trends, indexing…but mostly, you need to know yourself.


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"Just a spoonful of color would have made the investment philosophies go down, in the most delightful way." To paraphrase nanny Mary Poppins’ advice to add honey to nasty-tasting medicine, you may wish that this informative tome was more colorfully written, but you could not wish for a more solid dose of information. Aswath Damodaran backs up his explanations of investing philosophies with ample studies, detailed graphics and a website, even if you need to absorb the dense, detailed data in 15 minute chunks. This well-researched, solid book will be useful to individual investors, investment managers and anyone who wonders why various investment philosophies succeed and how (and at what risk) portfolio gains are made. The index investing chapter and the final summary are required reading for investors wondering how huge portfolios crashed after U.S. equities collapsed. recommends this soup-to-nuts introduction to sophisticated investing. Your financial security could hinge on a good grasp of the issues it covers.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How to decide between value investments and growth investments;
  • How to measure risk in bonds and stocks;
  • How to decide between active and passive fund management; and
  • What the theoretical underpinnings of IPOs are.


Investment Philosophies
An investment philosophy is just that, your basic beliefs about how financial markets perform and investors act. Match your investment philosophy to your core ideas and psychology, and do not wander all over the place trying to find a fit. Don’t try to be macho...
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About the Author

Aswath Damodaran teaches finance at the New York University School of Business. He also teaches corporate finance and valuation training courses for various investment banks. Finance runs the family - his father managed a large U.S. automaker’s pension fund for many years. Damodaran’s previous books include Investment Valuation, Corporate Finance, Investment Management, Applied Corporate Finance and The Dark Side of Valuation.

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