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Investing Skill, Strategy, and Temperament
Part of the Series: The Art of Investing
Welcome to a boot camp on investing! Discover the influences that led Professor Longo to a career in finance. Then meet some of the major figures you will study in the course. Survey the key principles and strategies that built their fortunes.
Small-Cap Stocks: More Risk, More Reward
Part of the Series: The Art of Investing
Explore the world of small-cap investing, which targets companies with a market capitalization (outstanding shares times price/share) generally less than a billion dollars. Learn how legendary investors Warren Buffett, Peter Lynch, and Michael Burry flourished in this market. Survey your own options for getting involved.
David Dreman, Contrarian Money Manager
Part of the Series: The Art of Investing
You are likely to be your own worst enemy when it comes to investing. Find out if you make the common mistakes on market psychologist David Dreman's list. Known as a contrarian--an investor who goes against the crowd--Dreman made a fortune by bucking trends.
Benjamin Graham and Value Investing
Part of the Series: The Art of Investing
Many of the most successful investors of the 20th and early 21st centuries were hugely influenced by the work of Ben Graham, the pioneer of value investing. Study the underpinnings of his proven philosophy, including the contrasting strategies of the enterprising investor and the defensive investor.
Four Women Who Moved Financial Markets
Part of the Series: The Art of Investing
On average, women are better investors than men, with the patience, self-control, and risk-consciousness that are crucial to success in the financial world. Study four female top investors: Hetty Green, Linda Bradford Raschke, Sonia Gardner, and Leda Braga--each with a different approach to building wealth.
Moral Hazard: Whom Do You Trust?
Examine another outcome of asymmetric information: the moral hazard problem. This peril arose spectacularly in the 2008 financial crisis, with the widespread sale of bad loans to unwitting investors. But it also lurks in many small-scale transactions. Discover what you can do to combat it.
The Art of Investing - Lessons from History’s Greatest Traders
Business school professor and portfolio manager John Longo conducts you through the life stories of over 30 men and women including Warren Buffett, Peter Lynch, and George Soros, who have built spectacular fortunes through investing. Each lecture focuses on a single approach, such as value stocks, growth stocks, mutual funds,…
Paul Tudor Jones, Futures Market Seer
Part of the Series: The Art of Investing
Study the investment strategy of Paul Tudor Jones, the man who predicted the stock market crash of 1987. Since then, his hedge fund firm, Tudor Investment, has been an industry leader. Focus on Jones's background in futures trading and his savvy use of technical analysis and market psychology.
Harry Markowitz’s Modern Portfolio Theory
Part of the Series: The Art of Investing
Study what two Nobel Prize-winning economists have to say about risk. Harry Markowitz put risk on an equal footing with return. Delve into his Modern Portfolio Theory and its implications for investors. Also investigate the insights of William Sharpe's Capital Asset Pricing Model.
Activist Investors: Icahn, Loeb, Ackman
Part of the Series: The Art of Investing
Go company hunting with activist investors, sometimes called corporate raiders. Chart the exploits of three leading practitioners: Carl Icahn, Dan Loeb, and Bill Ackman. Along the way, learn the meaning of terms such as greenmail, black knight, white knight, shark repellant, and Pac-Man strategy.
Distressed-Asset Investors: Tepper, Klarman
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For the intrepid investor, there are potential riches to be made when companies go under. Explore the field of distressed investing through the successes of two masters: David Tepper and Seth Klarman. Learn how to seize opportunities by buying what others don't want or must sell under duress.
Adverse Selection: Hiding in Plain Sight
Adverse selection occurs when the lack of information by one party leads to a distorted result. See how this situation surfaces in many different contexts, from used car sales to investment deals to Internet purchases. Learn to recognize the adverse selection trap, and know how to correct it.