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  • Published: 1 August 2016
  • ISBN: 9780399563201
  • Imprint: Portfolio
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 288
  • RRP: $39.99

Heads I Win, Tails I Win: Why Smart Investors Fail and How to Tilt the Odds in Your Favour


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Whatever your level of expertise, Jakab’s Heads I Win, Tails I Win will be entertaining, enlightening, and almost certainly profitable.

Let’s start with the bad news first: Most investors’ results bear very little resemblance to the long-run returns touted in the glossy marketing materials from financial services firms. What’s more, most of them have no idea just how massive that difference actually is. But, there’s reason for hope–Investing is a winner’s game with excellent long-term odds once you stop shooting yourself in the foot.

Since leaving his job as a top-rated stock analyst to become an investing columnist, Spencer Jakab has watched his readers–and his family, friends, and colleagues–make the same mistakes again and again. He looks at all the typical advice, from the clearly risky to the seemingly safe, to show you how various strategies are undermining even the savviest investor’s returns. The paths that lead to a seven figure nest egg are surprisingly few, but he reveals reliable strategies that can multiply a typical retirement saver’s nest egg fourfold or more.

Jakab combines wise storytelling with a knack for doing the math on complicated ideas to explain why you shouldn’t buy Apple, care about tomorrow’s big IPO, or even try to act on the belief that a recession is around the corner. He also explains why you should never trust a World Cup predicting octopus and why you shouldn’t invest in companies with an X or Z in their names – information more useful than it sounds, and every bit as fun.

Whatever your level of expertise, Jakab’s Heads I Win, Tails I Win will be entertaining, enlightening, and almost certainly profitable.

  • Pub date: 1 August 2016
  • ISBN: 9780399563201
  • Imprint: Portfolio
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 288
  • RRP: $39.99

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