Any investor disposed to pick stocks should read this excellent short introduction to the esoteric discipline of market neutral investing. Author Eric Stokes provides a better introduction to investment risk than the usual explanations found in most popular investing books. He also discusses a variety of ways to use the underlying principles of market neutral investing without becoming a full-fledged market neutral investor. Indeed, the quantitative capabilities and research skills necessary to run a market neutral portfolio are far beyond the scope of all but the most well-staffed investment firms. But a simple strategy like purchasing shares in an index inverse fund to hedge the risk of a long index fund could make sense for many investors. To learn if this strategy is right for you, getAbstract recommends reading this book.
In this summary, you will learn
- How to invest in long and short positions in order to reduce risk; and
- How this may also increase your investment returns.
About the Author
Eric Stokes is a money manager and publisher of Market Neutral Strategy, a quarterly newsletter. Previously, he was president of an independent, quantitative investment research firm. A graduate of Michigan State University, Stokes also holds an M.B.A. from Columbia University.