The Bear Book : Survive and Profit in Ferocious Markets by John Rothchild
This is a hardcover book collection Product description "Rothchild finds some compelling evidence that a Bear might be lurking in the woods. [He] addresses the subject with candor."-The Wall Street Journal "In a timely antidote to the fever now raging in the markets, Rothchild's new book dishes a long dive when investors least expect it." -Washington Post Book World April 14, 2000. The Dow drops over 600 points. Investors the world over receive a startling reminder that "what goes up, must come down." Today's exceptionally volatile markets exemplify the hair-raising financial instability that most analysts see as a continuing trend. More than ever before, investors deserve a sound explanation of how to profit-or minimize loss-in such a climate, and be prepared for the inevitable dips. In Survive and Profit in Ferocious Markets, bestselling financial writer John Rothchild provides a rare understanding of profit making when the markets are tenuous, with volatility at every turn. Here is specific, comprehensive, and timely information on: * Where the economy is going and how exactly to invest in it * How investors can negotiate the awkward terrain between the new and old economies * Investment strategies at different stages of a volatile market * The psychology of investing, a history of the markets, and biographies of prominent investors, including Roy Neuberger and Philip Carret With wit, wisdom, and a penchant for telling a good story, Rothchild provides all investors, from novices to pros, with the tools to protect their investments and prosper. Amazon.com Review A recent New Yorker cartoon shows a corporate CEO type addressing his lieutenants with the words, "And, while there's no reason to panic, I think it only prudent that we make preparations to panic." That man might be John Rothchild. One of America's most elegant and witty writers on money, Rothchild offers prudent advice on preparing to panic in The Bear Book. It is an amusing disquisition on the history and psychology of the U.S. stock market, offering useful suggestions on how to survive and even thrive when the stock market enters a free fall. Note that's not "if," but "when." Rothchild makes clear that steep and prolonged market drops have long been a regular occurrence, except in the '90s so far. History shows that when optimism reigns as it seems to now, the carnage is likely to be all the worse. Not a happy message, but maybe an important one. Looking back on past bear markets, Rothchild suggests where to find safe harbor, pointing readers toward certain stock sectors, some foreign markets, and bonds. Perhaps surprisingly, gold does not make the list, and Rothchild explains why. Even the most bullish will enjoy Rothchild's acerbic observations on market psychology and his good-humored tweaking of various famous market commentators and other Wall Street emperors whose nudity, when it comes to foreseeing the future, Rothchild is happy to point out. --Barry Mitzman From Library Journal This book is not about warm, furry animals who inhabit Yellowstone National Park but about "bears" who roam a far different place called Wall Street, along with other animals called "bulls." In simple investing terms, bulls are buyers of stocks and bears are sellers. While everyone (well, almost everyone, according to Rothchild) loves a bull market, not many relish a bear market. Bearish investors have never had an easy time of it historically, and some notables like "Sell 'em" Ben Smith have even been vilified. But the author provides plenty of statistics to show that bear markets are inevitable. What's an investor to do? Rothchild (Learn To Earn, Wiley, 1997) presents a number of options, and while his advice is solid if not terribly original, the haphazard organization and leaden prose may leave the casual investor even more confused than before. To paraphrase the author, if this book were a stock, it would deserve to be shorted. Not recommended.?Richard S. Drezen, Washington Post News Research Ctr., Washington, DC Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. Review "(John Rothchild) made a small fortune from writing books that made finance funny and entertaining."-Miami Herald "Mr. Rothchild finds some compelling evidence that a bear might be lurking in the woods. (He) addresses the subject with candor."-The Wall Street Journal "According to Rothchild, there's a dark cloud looming behind virtually every silver lining. And to the extent that it can, his book gives investors useful market history to help them cope when the next storm arrives to put the current bull in its place."-Washington Post Book World "THE BEAR BOOK would be fascinating just because Rothchild is an entertaining writer who has gathered such a wide variety of historical facts, anecdotes, theories and current opinions to enlighten the reader about market declines."-Chicago Sun-Times "A timely wake-up call...contains fascinating stories about history's greatest financial busts as well as guidance on how to cope with the next one."-Miami Herald "An enlightening work that's likely to give investors a bigger scare than a Stephen King novel. Rothchild isn't one of those doom-and-gloom forecasters. He's just hoping to provide some perspective."-San Diego Union-Tribune John Rothchild, author of THE BEAR BOOK: Survive and Profit in Ferocious Markets wrote an editorial published in the September 6, 1998 issue of New York Newsday entitled "Are Investors Setting Free the Bears?" From the Publisher What goes up, must come down. It is the maxim on the minds of everybody on Wall Street yet most books on investing fail to consider the ursine cousin of the boom bull market. And rumors are rampant that the latest bear is about to emerge from hibernation to wreak havoc on the record-making peaks on the Street. This book by best-selling author John Rothchild is a comprehensive look at what a bear market is and how it affects investors. Rothchild writes about the stages of a Bear market, the psychology of bearish investing, a history of bear markets, and more. From the Back Cover October 28, 1997. The Dow drops 500 points. Investors the world over receive a startling reminder that "what goes up, must come down." It is a profoundly unsettling experience for those of us who have either forgotten or have never known the experience of a bear market. Half of the money invested in U.S. stocks in this century entered the market from 1991-1996, making the dark days of October memorable for their bloodletting. Overall, this was just a scratch, and despite the optimism of so many investors, history has shown that the bear attacks time and time again. John Rothchild, critically acclaimed author of the bestselling A Fool and His Money, isn't even afraid to face a full-fledged bear market. In his topical and timely new book, Rothchild reveals how to prepare psychologically and tactically for the looming debacle. Breaking from the pack of investment books which tacitly assume a bull market, The Bear Book focuses on protecting assets and minimizing losses during a bear market and on taking advantage of unique opportunities for profit. With customary flair and style, Rothchild chronicles the long history of bear markets, exploring in detail exactly what constitutes a bear market and how it affects us. Along with his own expertise, the author draws on respected and knowledgeable names such as Jim Rogers, Jim Grant, and Martin Zweig, among a host of prominent investment advisors, strategists, and fund managers. The result is a comprehensive chronicle that deftly and definitively fills the "bearish information gap." John Rothchild's masterful penchant for blending wit, good storytelling, and sound investment analysis makes The Bear Book both informative and vastly entertaining. He distinguishes the characteristics of past bear markets, examining what triggered them, how long they lasted-and why. He probes the unique psychology of bearish investing, concentrating on which types of investments generally do well during a downturn in the market. His often surprising answers to some straightforward, no-nonsense questions clarify, among other key issues, what can happen to mutual funds in a bear market, and exactly what the dangers are of selling short. Of critical importance is Rothchild's overview of the alternatives to stocks, including gold, bonds, and money market funds, as well as tips on what stocks to buy when the market starts to turn bullish again. For historical perspective, The Bear Book also includes a unique and eye-opening account of the Crash of '29 and its survivors. Profiles of prominent bearish investors-Roy Neuberger and Philip Carret, among them-contain illuminating long-term perspectives on the ups and downs of the stock market over the past fifty to seventy-five years. A bracing tonic for investors at all levels of experience, The Bear Book offers a veritable blueprint of the various stages of a typical bear market. It will prove invaluable to those of us who wish to protect our savings -and peace of mind -whenever the market drops. About the Author JOHN ROTHCHILD is the bestselling author of the critically acclaimed A Fool and His Money and Going for Broke, among other books. He has also coauthored, with Peter Lynch, One Up on Wall Street, Beating the Street, and Learn to Earn. A former editor of the Washington Monthly and financial columnist for Time magazine and Fortune, Mr. Rothchild has also written articles for Harpers, Rolling Stone, Esquire, and many other periodicals. He has appeared on The Nightly Business Report, the Today Show, and CNBC.