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Publisher's Summary

Train your brain to be a real contrarian and outsmart the crowd

Beat the Crowd is the real contrarian's guide to investing, with comprehensive explanations of how a true contrarian investor thinks and acts - and why it works more often than not. Best-selling author Ken Fisher breaks down the myths and cuts through the noise to present a clear, unvarnished view of timeless market realities. He also points out the ways in which a contrarian approach to investing will outsmart the herd. In true Ken Fisher style, the book explains why the crowd often goes astray - and how you can stay on track.

Contrarians understand how headlines really affect the market and which noise and fads they should tune out. Beat the Crowd is a primer to the contrarian strategy, teaching readers simple tricks to think differently and get it right more often than not.

  • Discover the limits of forecasting and how far ahead you should look
  • Learn why political controversy matters less the louder it gets
  • Resurrect long-forgotten, timeless tricks and truths in markets
  • Find out how the contrarian approach makes you right more often than wrong

A successful investment strategy requires information, preparation, a little bit of brainpower, and a larger bit of luck. Pursuit of the mythical perfect strategy frequently lands folks in a cacophony of talking heads and 24-hour noise, but Beat the Crowd cuts through the mental clutter and collects the pristine pieces of actual value into a tactical approach based on going against the grain.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.

©2015 Fisher Investments; Published by John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, New Jersey (P)2015 Audible, Inc.

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refreshing

Suffering from Buffett, Munger and Graham induced indigestion? Read this book.

Apparently this review requires 15 words. That should do it.

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leftist and misleading

this book is riddled with references to familiar childhood movies, phrases and quotes whilst providing information that although are factual. are warped into what seems to be intentionally misleading the reader into doing the exact opposite of what its title indicates...waste of money

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  • Saad H
  • 28-12-2015

Must read for real contrarianism

Beside the real objective contrarianism, the book has many general informative guidelines for investors. Moreover, the authors recommended many splendid books that all investors should read as well.

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  • RealReviewer
  • 10-11-2015

Excellent book great advice

I read and listen to a lot of books centered on this topic. Beat the crowd delivered sound practical advice that did not focus on the academics of finance. Well done!

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  • Cora Keegan
  • 10-09-2015

El Stinko - Avoid this book

Have you listened to any of Brian Holsopple’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

The announcer did a great job.

Any additional comments?

I call this a feel bad book. It offers no actionable advice only a lot of regurgitation of cliche admonishing the reader to not follow the crowd and not be an all out contrarian. It flips back and forth saying the market is full of surprises but is not a random walk. It even spends a whole chapter naming many better books you should have bought.

The one tool it introduces is LEI saying it is the only tool you need but admits it did nothing for investors before the biggest market correction of our lifetime the crash of 2008. But he says they fixed that it would have worked in its new form. Worthless! In the past Ken used to tout a concept called PSR but stopped talking about that when it was clear it never did work.

Ken also cherry picks some articles he wrote in Forbes, where he was right and reads them in a "how smart am I manor". but this book has conveniently forgotten his many wrong bits advice in Forbes.

Ken Fisher is a hanger-on hack whose father Phillip Fisher was a great author of books on walls street. Looks like another child of greatness trying to sell a few books to pay the rent.

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  • XEVEN
  • 21-07-2015

Knowledgeable

What made the experience of listening to Beat the Crowd the most enjoyable?

Position of the author has equipped him with useful knowledge and insights into the subject.

What did you like best about this story?

Fishers transparency about his own investing is great. You often hear of how people buy or sell at just the right time but rarely hear of their mistakes. Also the list of authors he recommends reading are golden.

Which scene was your favorite?

TGH

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

"Take it from a billionaire with thirty years at Forbes"

Any additional comments?

Fishers is one of the very few ultra successful financiers that write plain and straight without the minutia and boring details that others fill their books with. I have over 600 books in my library and over 95% in finance and Ken Fisher is one of the few I would take time to 1) write a review for and 2) recommend for serious study/application about the stock market. I do suggest any practitioner of the market read his book Debunkery,The only three questions that still count and Markets never forget but people do.Starting there would be a much better selection for your time and money as opposed to the myriad of books/claims out there with unknown/unproven authors.

EXCELLENT JOB BROTHER, KEEP IT GOING!!!

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  • The Goozoogle
  • 14-01-2018

Honest book. it deserves 5 stars. However, ...

Mr. Fisher is as honest as they come. He certainly has a few major blind spots and is blatantly hypocritical at times, but no one is perfect.

I grew up poor and later my family had money. I've lived on both sides of the spectrum.

A few years ago after United Healthcare and Stephen Hemsley almost destroyed and bankrupted my family, I immersed myself in research in an attempt to figure out how United Healthcare gets away work murder using ink and paper. Long story short, all trails led to a corrupt political system and Wall Street in deep collusion under the guise of so-called free markets.

The problem isn't a free market. It's who is in power and how they define a free market. Notice how Mr. Fisher speaks so highly of the likes of Milton Friedman and free markets. Then notice later in the book how he says internet "stole advertising" dollars from legacy publications.

I know Mr. Fisher means well and he is being extremely honest in this book. I know this because I have since gone on to become a private trader. I am taking the money back from Wall Street and dispersing it to the have nots in various, responsible ways. I really appreciate the fact that Mr. Fisher would publish this info.

I'm this book, he tells you to your face; you can lead a horse...

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 13-01-2018

The book adds very little value to an investor

very boring and hardly provides any useful information on investing. complete waste of time and money.

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  • Mulima Chibuye
  • 27-04-2017

Very Practical and Insightful

Ken's arguments are very practical and logical. His methods are supported by research and excellent examples. This is one of the best books on investing out there. You will really be taking for one of the most interesting journeys. The structure flows and the recommended reads are ones that any would be investor should look at.

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  • Alex
  • 28-10-2016

Brilliant

Ken Fisher teaches fundamental individual analysis while promoting a departure from treacherous group mentalities. I believe this book is a must for anyone looking to stand on their own two feet in the investment world.

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  • prajwol bhandari
  • 03-08-2015

Great book

This is one the good books I have read. This is a must read books if you are long investors.

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  • Asim K.
  • 19-11-2017

sadly one of the worst investin book i ever read

no clue what Ken Fisher is talking about or how one can beat the crowd by reading this book, there is nothing to learn except listen to past references explained in most complicated and worst possible way... the only white elephant in the room is this book... i am Ken Fisher fan, you can learn so much more from his interviews because he talks straight and direct in his interviews but this book is just disappointing from start to the end...