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Agora #5: Invest Like a Dealmaker: Secrets from a Former Banking Insiderby Christopher W Mayer
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It takes more than the latest technology and some timely tips to make money in today's markets. What you need to ultimately succeed is a firm understanding of how these markets really work and the ability to look at the investment process from a slightly different perspective. With Invest Like a Dealmaker, author Christopher Mayer will prepare you to do this and much more.
As a former banking insider and current Editor of Capital & Crisis—a highly regarded financial newsletter—Mayer has gained some invaluable investment insights during the course of his career. Drawing from a wide range of sources, this book pulls together anecdotes and stories from some of the greatest investors of years past, such as nineteenth-century speculator Jay Gould, investment theorist John Burr Williams, and even seventeenth-century businessman Joseph de la Vega. Invest Like a Dealmaker also examines some of the best ideas from today's top performing investors, such as Marty Whitman, Seth Klarman, Joel Greenblatt, and many more. Also included are lesser known names and quirky characters—like poker great Puggy Pearson—who have all contributed to the pile of investment wisdom.
Written in a straightforward and accessible style, Invest Like a Dealmaker outlines an approach to investing that is far removed from what most investors have been conditioned to believe, but which has produced consistent profits for its practitioners decade after decade. While the concepts covered are not well known by the average investor, they are well appreciated by Wall Street insiders and dealmakers—particularly those who think about stocks as whole companies, as things with real assets, and cash flows that exist in the real world.
With this book as your guide, you'll quickly become familiar with the two markets that exist for stocks—the market of public quotations and the private market for control—and discover how to profit from discrepancies between the two. After this engaging introduction, Mayer shows you what it takes to make it in this type of investment environment by discussing how to:
There are many paths you can take on the investment journey, but only a few are worth following. By translating sophisticated financial ideas into approachable investment insights, this book will show you how to think like a dealmaker when trading the markets and put you in a better position to make profitable investment decisions.
The author offers a new way for readers to think about markets and investing by focusing on the public and private markets available.
Invest Like a Dealmaker outlines an approach to investing that is far removed from what most investors have been conditioned to believe, but which has produced consistent profits for its practitioners decade after decade. While the concepts covered are not well known by the average investor, they are well appreciated by Wall Street insiders and dealmakers—particularly those who think about stocks as whole companies, as things with real assets, and cash flows that exist in the real world.
Praise for Invest Like A Dealmaker
"Chris Mayer is one of the few people in America who thinks deeply and originally about investing. The ideas in this book will enrich you and?change your perspective about investing forever. You'll never look at a stock symbol in the same way. This is the complete guide to sophisticated, safe investing."
—Porter Stansberry, founder, Stansberry & Associates Investment Research
"I've known Chris for years now. His new book has all the essential principles of investing, historical vignettes about curious characters, and insights from all the greatest investing legends, tied up in an entertaining package that only someone as well read as Chris could produce. In the last twenty years, I've read hundreds of financial books.? Most weren't worth the time it took to read the table of contents. You'll want to read Invest Like a Dealmaker cover to cover and refer to it often."
—Dan Ferris, Editor, Extreme Value
"Chris Mayer has put together a wonderful compendium of investment wisdom. You'll find the 'usual suspects'—Warren Buffett, Jay Gould, George Soros, et al. But you'll also learn from great investors you've never heard of, backed up with great research. Turn to just about any page and you'll find something profound that will help you make more money in the markets."
—Mark Tier, author, The Winning Investment Habits of Warren Buffett & George Soros
"Chris Mayer's book is highly readable and refreshing because, as a true value investor, he provides the knowledge and the tools for every investor to select undervalued securities, and convincingly articulates the case for commonsense investing."
—Marc Faber, Editor, the Gloom Boom & Doom Report
"Chris Mayer has done a nice job of explaining and illustrating how and why a company (and its stock) can be valued differently by people who simply view it through different perspectives. His book is a useful addition to the library on investing."
—Ron Muhlenkamp, President, Muhlenkamp & Company, Inc., and author, Ron's Road to Wealth
"It's all about value. And one of the smartest value analysts anywhere is Chris Mayer. In Invest Like a Dealmaker, Chris shows us the basics, and then the essential secrets of finding hidden value and turning it into profitable portfolios. This book will help bring your investing game to a whole new level."
—John Mauldin, President, Millennium Wave Investments, author, Bull's Eye Investing,
and Editor, Thoughts from the Frontline
About the Author
Christopher Mayer began his careerin banking—specifically, corporate lending—also earning an MBA with a concentration in finance. He later started writing Capital & Crisis (www.agorafinancial.com/dealmaker.php), a monthly newsletter that gave Mayer's unique brand of financial commentary a more regular and expanded format. Over the years, his views on financial matters have appeared in a number of highly regarded publications. Mayer is a frequent guest on radio programs across the country and has been featured as an expert on globally syndicated networks such as Fox News and CNBC.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1. A Tale of Two Markets.
Chapter 2. The Dealmaker's Toolbox.
Chapter 3. Creating Wealth - Or What Makes Stocks Rise.
Chapter 4. Hunting Grounds.
Chapter 5. The Cracks & Crevices of Investment Wisdom.
Chapter 6. When to Sell.
Chapter 7. On Doing the Wrong Thing.
Chapter 8. Small Questions, Big Opportunities.
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