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How to Profit from China

THE ONLY BOOK YOU NEED TO START INVESTING PROFITABLY IN CHINESE STOCKS

A debut primer on analyzing, buying, and selling Chinese stocks for fun and profit.

Blomberg, a Finnish author who founded and runs the website China Speculator, began investing in stocks in 1997 using money from a summer job and became interested in Chinese stocks after traveling to that country. Despite recent downturns in the Chinese economy and stock markets, he writes that the country is still an attractive speculation for those with a contrarian perspective, due to its high growth rate compared with Western countries. However, he says that investors must understand China’s changing economy, which is moving from dependence on heavy manufacturing to domination by service industries. Among the most attractive stocks in the latter category, he says, are those of companies involved in environmental cleanup, recreation, education, and culture, including Internet companies, some of which he briefly describes. But although Blomberg is bullish on China’s potential returns, he’s far from a stock tout. He takes a cautious approach throughout and warns readers that his book should serve only as a starting point for further research. He also gives advice on where to invest, saying, for instance, that companies on the Singapore stock market have been plagued with accounting scandals but may offer attractive valuations compared with those on the New York Stock Exchange, which may be safer bets but cost more. He also offers advice on how to buy, advocating purchasing securities in tranches when a stock is going up, rather than trying to get a bargain when a stock’s falling. He also provides tips on when to sell. Overall, although Blomberg says his book is for both new and experienced China investors, it will probably be most useful for the former. It offers readers plenty of investment ideas to follow up on, as well as resources for researching Chinese companies that interest them. The author gives lots of sage suggestions in this book, such as “Question everything” and “Do not argue with the markets,” which can only come from personal experience. Although there are few, if any, guarantees for any investments in modern times, his disciplined system for making profits and avoiding losses might offer readers a fighting chance.

A tightly written, succinct investment guide and a solid launching pad for anyone thinking about buying and selling stocks from China.

Pub Date: April 5, 2016

ISBN: 978-9-52-936783-2

Page Count: 146

Publisher: CreateSpace

Review Posted Online: June 20, 2016

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WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD

A LIFETIME OF RECORDINGS

Noted jazz and pop record producer Thiele offers a chatty autobiography. Aided by record-business colleague Golden, Thiele traces his career from his start as a ``pubescent, novice jazz record producer'' in the 1940s through the '50s, when he headed Coral, Dot, and Roulette Records, and the '60s, when he worked for ABC and ran the famous Impulse! jazz label. At Coral, Thiele championed the work of ``hillbilly'' singer Buddy Holly, although the only sessions he produced with Holly were marred by saccharine strings. The producer specialized in more mainstream popsters like the irrepressibly perky Teresa Brewer (who later became his fourth wife) and the bubble-machine muzak-meister Lawrence Welk. At Dot, Thiele was instrumental in recording Jack Kerouac's famous beat- generation ramblings to jazz accompaniment (recordings that Dot's president found ``pornographic''), while also overseeing a steady stream of pop hits. He then moved to the Mafia-controlled Roulette label, where he observed the ``silk-suited, pinky-ringed'' entourage who frequented the label's offices. Incredibly, however, Thiele remembers the famously hard-nosed Morris Levy, who ran the label and was eventually convicted of extortion, as ``one of the kindest, most warm-hearted, and classiest music men I have ever known.'' At ABC/Impulse!, Thiele oversaw the classic recordings of John Coltrane, although he is the first to admit that Coltrane essentially produced his own sessions. Like many producers of the day, Thiele participated in the ownership of publishing rights to some of the songs he recorded; he makes no apology for this practice, which he calls ``entirely appropriate and without any ethical conflicts.'' A pleasant, if not exactly riveting, memoir that will be of most interest to those with a thirst for cocktail-hour stories of the record biz. (25 halftones, not seen)

Pub Date: May 1, 1995

ISBN: 0-19-508629-4

Page Count: 224

Publisher: Oxford Univ.

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1, 1995

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Necessarily swift and adumbrative as well as inclusive, focused, and graceful.

A LITTLE HISTORY OF POETRY

A light-speed tour of (mostly) Western poetry, from the 4,000-year-old Gilgamesh to the work of Australian poet Les Murray, who died in 2019.

In the latest entry in the publisher’s Little Histories series, Carey, an emeritus professor at Oxford whose books include What Good Are the Arts? and The Unexpected Professor: An Oxford Life in Books, offers a quick definition of poetry—“relates to language as music relates to noise. It is language made special”—before diving in to poetry’s vast history. In most chapters, the author deals with only a few writers, but as the narrative progresses, he finds himself forced to deal with far more than a handful. In his chapter on 20th-century political poets, for example, he talks about 14 writers in seven pages. Carey displays a determination to inform us about who the best poets were—and what their best poems were. The word “greatest” appears continually; Chaucer was “the greatest medieval English poet,” and Langston Hughes was “the greatest male poet” of the Harlem Renaissance. For readers who need a refresher—or suggestions for the nightstand—Carey provides the best-known names and the most celebrated poems, including Paradise Lost (about which the author has written extensively), “Kubla Khan,” “Ozymandias,” “The Charge of the Light Brigade,” Wordsworth and Coleridge’s Lyrical Ballads, which “changed the course of English poetry.” Carey explains some poetic technique (Hopkins’ “sprung rhythm”) and pauses occasionally to provide autobiographical tidbits—e.g., John Masefield, who wrote the famous “Sea Fever,” “hated the sea.” We learn, as well, about the sexuality of some poets (Auden was bisexual), and, especially later on, Carey discusses the demons that drove some of them, Robert Lowell and Sylvia Plath among them. Refreshingly, he includes many women in the volume—all the way back to Sappho—and has especially kind words for Marianne Moore and Elizabeth Bishop, who share a chapter.

Necessarily swift and adumbrative as well as inclusive, focused, and graceful.

Pub Date: April 21, 2020

ISBN: 978-0-300-23222-6

Page Count: 304

Publisher: Yale Univ.

Review Posted Online: Feb. 9, 2020

Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1, 2020

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