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Investing in One Lesson

Author: Mark Skousen
Publisher: Regnery Publishing • 2007 • 175 pages
Investing In One Lesson

Why are the smartest, most successful professionals so often failures when it comes to investing? Can stock prices really be so illogical that even doctors and lawyers can’t figure them out? Ultimately, is it possible for anyone to decipher the financial markets?

Fortunately, the answer is yes. In “Investing in One Lesson,” investment guru Mark Skousen clearly and convincingly reveals the reasons for the seemingly perverse, unpredictable nature of the stock market.

Drawing upon his decades of experience as an investment advisor, writer, and professor, Dr. Skousen explains in one spirited, easy-to-follow lesson why stock prices fluctuate with such apparent irrationality. Lifting back the veil of perplexity and confusion that surrounds the workings of the stock market, Dr. Skousen explains:

  • Why good news for the economy is often bad news for the stock market
  • Why stocks of old, established companies in shrinking industries tend to be a better investment than shares in rapidly growing firms in cutting-edge fields
  • Why stock prices can suddenly skyrocket or collapse–regardless of market fundamentals
  • Why initial public offerings often enrich insiders at the expense of the majority of investors
  • How Wall Street is like a giant casino–and how it isn’t

The perfect investment primer, “Investing in One Lesson” provides an introduction to everything from day trading to contrary investing to chart-based techniques. Dr. Skousen’s book concludes with a comprehensive but simple investment strategy to maximize your returns without having to dedicate countless hours to researching the market.

Dr. Skousen packs his book with entertaining personal and professional anecdotes illustrating his central point—that the business of investing is not the same as investing in a business. He offers investors a wide-ranging but accessible course on investing history, psychology, and strategy—all in one lesson.

“Mark Skousen is one of the best financial economists I know. His books on free-market economics and investing can’t be beat. Like me, he’s upbeat and optimistic about supply-side/Austrian economics, and has been instrumental in educating students, business people, government leaders, and fellow economists on sound economics and finance. I urge you to read his book and follow his simple, powerful investment strategy in Investing in One Lesson.”—Larry Kudlow, host, Kudlow and Company

“There are few infallible truths of investing, but Mark Skousen identifies the one principle that comes close to gospel in explaining how investors grow rich–and stay rich. In this commonsense guide, Dr. Skousen shows how investors can learn the one lesson of investing and build a secure and prosperous future.”—Richard E. Band, editor, Profitable Investing

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