Discerning and actionable investment advice.

INVEST LIKE THE BEST

THE LOW-RISK ROAD TO HIGH RETURNS

An experienced investment professional shares 24 “best investor” strategies.

The typical investment book either doles out advice derived from a system created by the author or delves deeply into the plusses and minuses of specific, existing investment vehicles. Debut author and investment advisor Belchamber’s approach is refreshingly different: He’s studied some of the world’s most successful investors, distilling their strategies into a 12-chapter collection of insights, consolidated into a handy list at the book’s end. This concept gives the book strong organization and reinforces its credibility by drawing on the thoughts of multiple experts. Part I concentrates on the overall mindset of investors; to set up the theme, Belchamber appropriately quotes Benjamin Graham, mentor of Warren Buffett: “In the end, how your investments behave is much less important than how you behave.” Much of the first part concerns the psychology of investment, augmented by useful examples of errors that investors make when they “chase the past,” engage in self-sabotage, and fail to understand the various types of risk. In Part II, Belchamber ably covers best practices, which include setting priorities, leveraging compound interest, using metrics, and gaining awareness of “investment myths and heresies.” Part III explores specific investment strategy, beginning with a basic premise overlooked “by almost everyone” except best investors, according to the author—that “preservation and growth go together,” even though they’re “normally regarded as separate options.” Here, the author outlines the specifics of money management, investment allocation, and consilience (“the principle of strength in numbers”). A number of charts and graphs helpfully illustrate the key concepts in this final section. Belchamber concludes that “Far too many investors end up taking too much risk, poorly allocated, and without effective active management.” His overall aim is to give investors tools to change their thinking, and his book is clear and straightforward. Novices may find portions of the material somewhat advanced, but experienced investors will likely glean much of value; in fact, it may very well lead them to a new approach to long-term investing.

Discerning and actionable investment advice.

Pub Date: Feb. 5, 2021

ISBN: 978-1-5445-1876-3

Page Count: 202

Publisher: Lioncrest Publishing

Review Posted Online: April 19, 2021

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Smart, engaging sportswriting—good reading for organization builders as well as Pats fans.

THE DYNASTY

Action-packed tale of the building of the New England Patriots over the course of seven decades.

Prolific writer Benedict has long blended two interests—sports and business—and the Patriots are emblematic of both. Founded in 1959 as the Boston Patriots, the team built a strategic home field between that city and Providence. When original owner Billy Sullivan sold the flailing team in 1988, it was $126 million in the hole, a condition so dire that “Sullivan had to beg the NFL to release emergency funds so he could pay his players.” Victor Kiam, the razor magnate, bought the long since renamed New England Patriots, but rival Robert Kraft bought first the parking lots and then the stadium—and “it rankled Kiam that he bore all the risk as the owner of the team but virtually all of the revenue that the team generated went to Kraft.” Check and mate. Kraft finally took over the team in 1994. Kraft inherited coach Bill Parcells, who in turn brought in star quarterback Drew Bledsoe, “the Patriots’ most prized player.” However, as the book’s nimbly constructed opening recounts, in 2001, Bledsoe got smeared in a hit “so violent that players along the Patriots sideline compared the sound of the collision to a car crash.” After that, it was backup Tom Brady’s team. Gridiron nerds will debate whether Brady is the greatest QB and Bill Belichick the greatest coach the game has ever known, but certainly they’ve had their share of controversy. The infamous “Deflategate” incident of 2015 takes up plenty of space in the late pages of the narrative, and depending on how you read between the lines, Brady was either an accomplice or an unwitting beneficiary. Still, as the author writes, by that point Brady “had started in 223 straight regular-season games,” an enviable record on a team that itself has racked up impressive stats.

Smart, engaging sportswriting—good reading for organization builders as well as Pats fans.

Pub Date: Sept. 1, 2020

ISBN: 978-1-982134-10-5

Page Count: 592

Publisher: Avid Reader Press

Review Posted Online: Aug. 26, 2020

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 15, 2020

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A timely, vividly realized reminder to slow down and harness the restorative wonders of serenity.

STILLNESS IS THE KEY

An exploration of the importance of clarity through calmness in an increasingly fast-paced world.

Austin-based speaker and strategist Holiday (Conspiracy: Peter Thiel, Hulk Hogan, Gawker, and the Anatomy of Intrigue, 2018, etc.) believes in downshifting one’s life and activities in order to fully grasp the wonder of stillness. He bolsters this theory with a wide array of perspectives—some based on ancient wisdom (one of the author’s specialties), others more modern—all with the intent to direct readers toward the essential importance of stillness and its “attainable path to enlightenment and excellence, greatness and happiness, performance as well as presence.” Readers will be encouraged by Holiday’s insistence that his methods are within anyone’s grasp. He acknowledges that this rare and coveted calm is already inside each of us, but it’s been worn down by the hustle of busy lives and distractions. Recognizing that this goal requires immense personal discipline, the author draws on the representational histories of John F. Kennedy, Buddha, Tiger Woods, Fred Rogers, Leonardo da Vinci, and many other creative thinkers and scholarly, scientific texts. These examples demonstrate how others have evolved past the noise of modern life and into the solitude of productive thought and cleansing tranquility. Holiday splits his accessible, empowering, and sporadically meandering narrative into a three-part “timeless trinity of mind, body, soul—the head, the heart, the human body.” He juxtaposes Stoic philosopher Seneca’s internal reflection and wisdom against Donald Trump’s egocentric existence, with much of his time spent “in his bathrobe, ranting about the news.” Holiday stresses that while contemporary life is filled with a dizzying variety of “competing priorities and beliefs,” the frenzy can be quelled and serenity maintained through a deliberative calming of the mind and body. The author shows how “stillness is what aims the arrow,” fostering focus, internal harmony, and the kind of holistic self-examination necessary for optimal contentment and mind-body centeredness. Throughout the narrative, he promotes that concept mindfully and convincingly.

A timely, vividly realized reminder to slow down and harness the restorative wonders of serenity.

Pub Date: Oct. 1, 2019

ISBN: 978-0-525-53858-5

Page Count: 288

Publisher: Portfolio

Review Posted Online: July 21, 2019

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 15, 2019

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