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To Tell the Truth: The Age of Mind – Fred L. Fox
Non-fiction / 25th September 2023

Introduction To Tell the Truth is about making the reader’s life better. The author isolates the issues, identifies the problems and their causes, and offers a simple, practical and effective solution. I was asked to review this book. Author of To Tell the Truth Fred L Fox is an American retired geologist, entrepreneur, photographer, writer, rally champion, and jazz accordionist. Contents To Tell the Truth contains a preface, an introduction, 13 chapters which are divided into 3 parts and an appendix (A Peak Experience). Part 1 is It’s All About You and contains 6 chapters. Part 2 is A New Perspective: Thinking Creatively and is made up of 3 chapters. Part 3 is The Age of Mind and has 4 chapters. The chapters are: 1. Vital Relationships and What You Already Know 2. The Group: Group Relationships and Their Inherent Problems 3. Developing A Philosophy For Living 4. Beyond Community 5. Resolution Of The Problem 6. Doing It – Living The Good Life 7. Exploring Space – Looking For What Really Matters 8. Philosophy And The World Beyond: Something To Think About 9. Believe What You Already Know and Become Who You Already Are 10. The Philosophy Of Mind 11….

The Allocator’s Edge: A Modern Guide to Alternative Investments and the Future of Diversification – Phil Huber
Non-fiction / 4th September 2023

Introduction The Allocator’s Edge is about alternative investments. The author writes this book for financial advisors and investment professionals who want to do better than status quo. This book is recommended by a columnist on Forbes website. I would like to know what alternative investments are available and how they may fit into my investment portfolio. Author of The Allocator’s Edge Phil Huber is the chief investment officer for Savant Wealth Management. He has been involved in the financial services industry since 2007. He worked for Huber Financial Advisors from 2008 until it joined with Savant in 2020.  Contents The Allocator’s Edge contains an introduction, a How to Use This Book, and 12 chapters. The chapters are divided into 3 parts, namely The Allocator’s Dilemma (3 chapters), The Past, Present and Future of Alternative Investments (6 chapters), and Building Better Portfolios (3 chapters). The chapters are: 1. Hindsight is 60/40 – The Impaired Vision of Traditional Portfolios 2. Alternatives – The Most Loaded Word in Investing 3. How Investors Got to Now – The Evolution of Asset Allocation and the Democratisation of Alternatives 4. Too Big to Ignore – The Usual Suspects of Alternative Investing 5. When Alpha Met Beta –…

The Million-Dollar Financial Advisor: Powerful Lessons and Proven Strategies from Top Producers – David J. Mullen, Jr.
Non-fiction / 1st August 2023

Introduction The Million-Dollar Financial Advisor is about developing a successful financial advisory business. This book provides a glimpse into the best practices that make the top producers so successful. The author writes this book for financial advisors who want to take their business practice to the next level. As I am interested in the financial planning industry, I want to see what these best practices are. Author David J. Mullen, Jr. is a 30-year industry veteran and former Managing Director at Merrill Lynch, where he trained more than 500 financial advisors. The success rate of his advisor training programs have been significantly higher than the industry average. Contents There are an introduction and 16 chapters in The Million-Dollar Financial Advisor. The chapters are divided into 2 parts. The first part is The Lessons which contains 13 chapters. Part 2 is Putting the Lessons Into Practice and contains the remaining chapters. The chapters are 1) Lesson #1: The Top Advisor Mindset 2) Lesson #2: The “Leverage of Size” Principle 3) Lesson #3: Professional Development 4) Lesson #4: Specialisation 5) Lesson #5: Relationship Focus 6) Lesson #6: Marketing Best Practices 7) Lesson #7: Professional Referral Networks 8) Lesson #8: Nonprofit Organization Involvement…

Winning the Loser’s Game: Timeless Strategies for Successful Investing – Charles D. Ellis
Non-fiction / 16th July 2023

Introduction Winning the Loser’s Game is a book that makes a case for indexing. This is my last unread recommended book from Richer, Wiser, Happier. The author wants the readers to understand the realities and know how to take appropriate action to convert the usual loser’s game into a winner’s game in which every sensible investor can and should be a long-term winner. I would like to see if there is any new thing in this book. Author of Winning the Loser’s Game For more information about Charles D. Ellis, you may refer here. Contents Winning the Loser’s Game contains a preface, an introduction, 28 chapters, and 3 appendices. The chapters are: 1. The Loser’s Game 2. The Winner’s Game 3. Beating the Market 4. Mr. Market and Mr. Value 5. The Investor’s Dream Team 6. Investor Risk and Behavioural Economics 7. Your “Unfair” Competitive Advantage Indexing 8. The Paradox 9. Time 10. Returns 11. Investment Risks 12. Building Portfolios 13. Whole Picture Finance 14. Why Policy Matters 15. Playing to Win 16. Challenges with Performance Measurement 17. The Dark Matter of Investing 18. Predicting the Market – Roughly 19. Individual Investors 20. Selecting Mutual Funds 21. Phooey on Phees 22….

Enough: True Measures of Money, Business, and Life – John C. Bogle
Non-fiction / 27th June 2023

Introduction Enough contains John C. Bogle’s life story and his advice. The author wrote down his opinions on money, on what we should be proud of and ashamed of in our business and professional callings, and on what are the false and true treasures in our lives. This book was recommended in Richer, Wiser, Happier. The is my fifth book from its recommended book list. I am just continuing my mission of finishing my unread recommended books from Richer, Wiser, Happier. Author For more information about John C. Bogle, you may refer here. Contents Enough has an introduction, 10 chapters, a wrapping up (What’s Enough?), and an afterword. The chapters are divided into 3 parts: Money (3 chapters), Business (4 chapters) and Life (3 chapters). The chapters are 1. Too Much Cost, Not Enough Value 2. Too Much Speculation, Not Enough Investment 3. Too Much Complexity, Not Enough Simplicity 4. Too Much Counting, Not Enough Trust 5. Too Much Business Conduct, Not Enough Professional Conduct 6. Too Much Salesmanship, Not Enough Stewardship 7. Too Much Management, Not Enough Leadership 8. Too Much Focus on Things, Not Enough Focus on Commitment 9. Too Many Twenty-First-Century Values, Not Enough Eighteenth-Century Values 10. Too…

A Man for All Markets: From Las Vegas to Wall Street, How I Beat the Dealer and Market – Edward O. Thorp
Non-fiction / 5th June 2023

Introduction A Man for All Markets contains Edward O. Thorp’s life story and his wisdom. This book was recommended in Richer, Wiser, Happier. The is my fourth book from its recommended book list. The author hopes his story will help the readers think differently about gambling, investments, risk, money management, wealth-building, and life. I would like to see if I can learn new things in this book. Author For more information about Edward O. Thorp, you may refer here. Contents A Man for All Markets has a preface, a foreword by Nassim Taleb, 30 chapters, and an epilogue. The chapters are: 1. Loving to learn 2. Science Is My Playground 3. Physics and Mathematics 4. Las Vegas 5. Conquering Blackjack 6. The Day of the Lamb 7. Card Counting for Everyone 8. Players Versus Casinos 9. A Computer That Predicts Roulette 10. An Edge at Other Gambling Games 11. Wall Street: The Greatest Casino on Earth 12. Bridge with Buffett 13. Going into Partnership 14. Front-Running the Quantitative Revolution 15. Rise… 16. … And Fall 17. Period of Adjustment 18. Swindles and Hazards 19. Buying Low, Selling High 20. Backing the Truck Up to the Banks 21. One Last Puff 22….

Fortune’s Formula: The Untold Story of the Scientific Betting System that Beat the Casino and Wall Street – William Poundstone
Non-fiction / 18th May 2023

Introduction Fortune’s Formula is mainly about the Kelly criterion. This book was recommended in Richer, Wiser, Happier. The is my third book from its recommended book list. I would like to see what be can learned from this book to apply in the stock market. Author William Poundstone is an American author and columnist. Contents Fortune’s Formula has a prologue (The Wire Service) and 6 parts. As these 6 parts contain quite a lot of chapters, I am not going to list them here. Part One is Entropy. Part Two is Blackjack. Part Three is Arbitrage. Part Four is St. Petersburg Wager. Part Five is RICO. Part Six is Blowing Up. Part Seven is Signal and Noise. Review Fortune’s Formula is more like a biography, rather than an investment book. It features a lot of people, either directly or indirectly involved in the stock markets, including Claude Shannon, the father of information theory, and Edward O. Thorp. It reveals the backers of Edward O. Thorp in Beat the Dealer which Thorp concealed in his book. The main thing that is discussed in this book is the Kelly formula. According to the author, it is the best strategy for a gambler as…

Good Money: Understand Your Choices, Boost Your Financial Wellbeing – Nathalie Spencer
Non-fiction / 4th May 2023

Introduction Good Money is all about personal finance. This is a book that my wife was reading and I finished it before her. Authors Nathalie Spencer is a behavioural scientist. She leads an in-house team, is a published author, sits on advisory boards, contributes to industry events and publications. Contents Good Money has an introduction, a How to Use This Book section, 5 chapters, and an epilogue. The chapters are: 1. Money and Us 2. Money in the Day to Day 3. Resilience 4. Long-term Planning 5. Better with Money Each chapter contains 4 topics and comes with a toolkit and further learning. Review Good Money defines financial wellbeing as making ends meet day to day, planning for the long term and being prepared for inevitable hiccups along the way. How we spend our money reflects who we are, our expectations and our values. While having more and more money does not make us happier, having insufficient money can make us unhappy. Our point of reference changes when we get used to new circumstances. The new becomes normal. Humans think of the value of products not in absolute terms but in relation to other products, which might be exploited to…

Five Stars: The Communication Secret to Get from Good to Great – Carmine Gallo
Non-fiction / 1st May 2023

Introduction Five Stars is a book about the art of persuasion. The author claims this book is the solution to the mismatch between human skills and computers. I have read one of the author’s previous book, Talk Like TED, a long time ago and stumbled upon this book in the bookstore. Thus, I would like to refresh my memory and see if there is something new here. Authors Carmine Gallo is a Harvard instructor, keynote speaker, and CEO communication coach for the world’s most admired brands. Contents Five Stars contain an introduction (Rise Up!), 16 chapters and a conclusion (Find the Tune That Makes Your Heart Sings) The chapters are divided into 3 parts. Part 1 is Why Great Communicators Are Irreplaceable and has 4 chapters: 1) Party, Power, and Moonshots 2) Winning the War of Ideas 3) Aristotle Was Right and Neuroscience Proves It 4) The Human Capacity to Dream Big Part 2 is Who’s Earned Five Stars and is made up of 5 chapters: 5) The Scientists 6) The Entrepreneurs 7) The Professionals 8) The Leaders 9) The TED Stars Part 3 is How to Get from Good to Great and contains 7 chapters: 10) The Pathos Principle…

Beat the Dealer: A Winning Strategy for the Game of Twenty-One – Edward O. Thorp
Non-fiction / 13th April 2023

Introduction Beat the Dealer is about the game of blackjack. This book was recommended in Richer, Wiser, Happier. The is my second book from its recommended book list. I would like to see what be can learned from this book to apply in the stock market. Author Edward O. Thorp is an American mathematics professor, author, hedge fund manager, and blackjack player. Content Beat the Dealer has an introduction, 11 chapters, an addendum and an appendix. The chapters are: 1. The Rules of Blackjack 2. The Basic Strategy 3. Winning Strategy 4. My Ideas Are Tested in Nevada 5. The Simple Point-Count System 6. The Complete Point-Count System 7. Winning Strategy Based on Counting Tens 8. Beating the Casino Countermeasures 9. How to Spot Cheating 10. Can the Cheating be Stopped? 11. Science Versus Chance Review In Beat the Dealer, the author has provided several strategies to beat the casinos in the game of blackjack. This game is also known as van-john, pontoon, vingt-et-un, Einund-Zwanzig or Achtzehn-und-Drei and might have slightly different rules depending on the locations. The author is confident that player can gain a consistent advantage by using strategy presented in the book which is based on mathematical…