- The stock of a steel company rises 700% in just over a year. The currency of an emerging country plunges 50% in a week and wipes out billions of dollars from the accounts of North American investors. The margin deposit on a futures contract increases ten-fold in less than three months. These are just a few examples of some opportunities for gains and losses that financial markets can generate. Some investors have turned the gyrations of financial markets into fortunes — a couple of high-profile names being Warren Buffett and John Maynard Keynes. Many other investors, unfortunately, end up like Isaac Newton, who after losing a bundle on the stock of the South Sea Company, exclaimed: “I can calculate the motions of the heavenly bodies, but not the madness of people.” Outperform the Market presents a series of case studies that describe situations in financial markets where the opportunity for significant gains or losses has been present. The insights that emerge will help every investor — whether beginner or experienced pro — to better assess future financial possibilities. Using U.S., U.K., and Canadian financial markets, Larry MacDonald illustrates various investment approaches. Chapters include: Fundamental Analysis, Technical Analysis, Cyclical Stocks, Growth-by-Acquisition Stocks, Growth-by-Geography Stocks, Growth-by-Product Stocks, Turnaround Situations, Niche Companies, Short Selling, Market Cor- rections, Profitting from Economic Crises, and Opportunites in the Next Decade.
Larry MacDonald is an Ottawa-based economist who writes monthly columns on stocks for Investor’s Digest of Canada and the Montreal Gazette. His recommendations in these columns have consistently outperformed the major market indexes, such as the TSE 300.
Published: October 1998
Dimensions: 6 x 9 in.