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Unconventional Success: A Fundamental Approach to Personal Investment

Condition: BRAND NEW
ISBN: 9780743228381
Author(s): David F. Swensen
Format: Hardcover
Year: 2005
Edition: annotated edition
Publisher: Free Press
Dimensions: 162 x 243 x 35 (w x l x h)
Pages: 403

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The bestselling author of "Pioneering Portfolio Management," the definitive template for institutional fund management, returns with a book that shows individual investors how to manage their financial assets.

In "Unconventional Success," investment legend David F. Swensen offers incontrovertible evidence that the for-profit mutual-fund industry consistently fails the average investor. From excessive management fees to the frequent "churning" of portfolios, the relentless pursuit of profits by mutual-fund management companies harms individual clients. Perhaps most destructive of all are the hidden schemes that limit investor choice and reduce returns, including "pay-to-play" product-placement fees, stale-price trading scams, soft-dollar kickbacks, and 12b-1 distribution charges.

Even if investors manage to emerge unscathed from an encounter with the profit-seeking mutual-fund industry, individuals face the likelihood of self-inflicted pain. The common practice of selling losers and buying winners (and doing both too often) damages portfolio returns and increases tax liabilities, delivering a one-two punch to investor aspirations.

In short: Nearly insurmountable hurdles confront ordinary investors.

Swensen's solution? A contrarian investment alternative that promotes well-diversified, equity-oriented, "market-mimicki
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