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The Art of Investing: Lessons from History's Greatest Traders

Narrated by: John M. Longo
Length: 12 hrs
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Great investors like Warren Buffett and Ray Dalio will tell you they're no geniuses; they're simply observant, open-minded, and industrious. Using these key traits, the world's most outstanding traders have employed a remarkable mix of strategies to build huge fortunes. Their careers are a how-to manual for anyone who wants to succeed at investing, no matter what the size of their stake. The lives of rich and famous investors are gripping tales of opportunities seized and squandered; of billions won and lost, and won again. And these life stories are also an eye-opening education in the workings of financial markets.

The Art of Investing: Lessons from History's Greatest Traders profiles over 30 men and women at the pinnacle of the investing field, including Warren Buffett, Ray Dalio, John Bogle, Peter Lynch, George Soros, T. Rowe Price, Jr., Linda Bradford Raschke, David Dreman, Michael Burry, and others involved in such ventures as value stocks, growth stocks, mutual funds, index funds, hedge funds, commodity futures, private equity, sovereign wealth, distressed assets, and more. Each lecture covers one of these approaches, together with traders who have made it pay handsomely - along with insights on how they did it.

An award-winning teacher and the portfolio manager for a $2.5-billion investment firm, Professor John Longo of Rutgers Business School tells these intriguing life stories with an insider's grasp of the financial details. Included in these 24 half-hour lectures are tips on the most common mistakes made by investors, scores of pithy sayings that synthesize the hard-won wisdom of veteran traders, and, in the final lecture, an investment checklist that lets you narrow down your own best approach to building personal wealth.

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

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I'm impressed!

I have learned so much and will listen again. This is what I needed to know before jumping into trading stocks, forex, futures and commodities. I'll do better next time around after studying this book and the references material.

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Great lessons for beginners

Learn a lot very informative for beginners interesting in trading.

Go over the course before you start investing

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Worth it!!!

Definitely worth taking this course. It is a great course for a novice or an seasoned investor.

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A bit interesting

interesting but not particularly useful for the average investor. Some useful ideas but not many.

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very good coverage of the basics.

a good primer for someone new to the space (like me) and covers a wide breadth of topics. introduces you to many potential authors to follow as well.

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thought me so much so quick

I plan to listen to a few times. wish there were titles for each chapter in the app so I could go directly to info again. the nice thing is that he explains the same thing over and over again when it comes up later in the lecture so that the concept is solid.

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  • Najel
  • 2017-08-25

Should be titled:. Bios of hedge fund managers

mildly entertaining; not much substance. title is misleading, mostly a history of hedge fund managers

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  • coryden
  • 2017-02-01

Excellent for anyone interested in investing.

Where does The Art of Investing: Lessons from History's Greatest Traders rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Probably in my top 3. I actually listened to all the chapters and really enjoyed the teaching from Professor John, M Longo.

What other book might you compare The Art of Investing: Lessons from History's Greatest Traders to and why?

I've only just begun learning about finance markets and investing and so there are not a lot of other books I've listened to, this was my third. The only comparable book for me that I will comment on is "The little book that beats the market" by Joel Greenblatt since Professor John, M Longo actually mentioned him at the end and that was humorous since I had just finished reading that book!

What does Professor John M. Longo bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The experience was very similar to being in a classroom (obviously so for The Great Courses), yet one in which the teacher kept your attention the whole time. Clearly Professor Longo is very interested in the material and demonstrated a desire to represent each new investor in a unique and unbiased manner. I appreciated his teaching style which I felt allowed me to retain a great deal from each lecture as he carefully explained what was necessary for each topic/investor.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No extremes, but listening was usually quite riveting since every new investor discussed presented a story in which I had no idea how the story would end and in which I new there would be key take-away's that would allow me to practically apply lessons learned as well as idea's I agreed with.

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Lastly, the detailed PDF was one of, if not the best, outline I have used on audible for following along during the lectures or for reviewing after the lecture. The main points were organized and clearly laid out in a logical flow that helped me understand the key ideas at each point in the lecture. Fantastic job overall Professor,

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  • Alex
  • 2017-12-08

Good overview, little detail

This is a history lesson on investors and their different techniques. Most of these are not options for the regular Joe: hedge funds, etc. He throws numbers and percebtages around that are hard to compare: what does 600% over 20 years mean?

So, I know this is not financial advice, but other than lokking at the P/E ratios, there are absolutely no details on how to do anything. Better use your time with another resource.

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  • Chimdi Azubuike
  • 2017-02-19

A good overview of numerous investors

This was a good overview of a number of investors and the tip of the iceberg of their strategies. When I say tip I really mean, eye drop. It reminds me a lot of the book market wizards by jack schwaggar which might actually be a better feel for the investor where this is a better contextual reference for the commonality between investors and the strategies they employ. Reading/Listening to both this lecture series and market Wizards helped give one a picture of what type of investor suites his personality. And there are numerous references to external resources that explain techniques and fundamental. Listen, you'll enjoy.

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  • Deb
  • 2017-03-31

Great Information Condensed

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I like how this book gets to the meat of all the traders, their philosophies, history, etc. A lot of good investing advice to glean from the book. And, it's interesting! Some of these "Great Courses" bore me, and I find dry. This kept my interest the whole time.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2017-03-25

The best audio lecture I've listened to

Professor Longo provides a perfect balance of teaching investing skills (helpful to new investors) and biographical details on history's greatest investors that anyone familiar with investing would find informative. Have recommended this audio book to friends, family and finance work colleagues alike!

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  • Vivek Jois
  • 2017-07-30

Insightful speaker

It talks about every type of investor that traded in the last century. Lots of great ideas to learn.

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  • Zakaria
  • 2016-12-20

Carefully selected nuggests of wisdom. A must !!

I'm an MBA and an engineer who has been long looking for a book like this. Totally worth every second. Good job !

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  • Osahon Omorogbe
  • 2016-12-27

very informative.

This is the best finance book I have ever listened too. I absolutely recommend it if you want to learn about investing

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  • Hendrick Mcdonald
  • 2017-01-11

Really Enjoyable and Informative

More a panoramic view of the investment landscape than a careful detailed analysis, but still informative, giving the listener a taste of the variety of investment styles available. Very good.

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