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The Big Win: Learning from the Legends to Become a More Successful Investor

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A rousing and practical look at the extremely successful investments of top investors

In his first book, The Billion Dollar Mistake, author Stephen L. Weiss showcased the biggest blunders of some of the world's legendary investors—which lost them billions of dollars on a single investment. Incredibly, the mistakes they made were the same mistakes made by everyday investors but for the magnitude of the loss.

Weiss's second book, The Big Win: Learning from the Legends to Become a More Successful Investor, highlights financial successes, explaining how the world's most successful investors make a fortune and how you can do the same. As with the missteps Weiss profiled in his first book, the strategies used by these legendary investors are available to all, regardless of size or sophistication.

  • Profiles legendary investors and highlights their investment strategies—from finding the right investment to researching to making a move

  • Probes each investor's personality and questions their investment thinking

  • Identifies and describes each investor's "big win" and why it became their most successful investment

The Big Win is a primer on successful investing the way it is really done by the people who do it for a living—passionately and with extraordinary success. The Billion Dollar Mistake told readers what not to do to get rich; The Big Win shows readers how to do it right for the payoff of their lives.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Title page
  3. Copyright page
  4. Dedication
  5. Disclosure
  6. Acknowledgments
  7. Introduction
  8. Chapter 1 The Legends I Have Met
    1. Wanted: The Truly Successful and the Truly Interesting
    2. Tying the Common Threads Together—The Portrait of the Perfect Investor
  9. Chapter 2 Follow the Money
  10. Chapter 3 The Glass Ceiling of Performance
    1. Puts and Calls and Corn
    2. A Feel for Trading
    3. Commodities as Mover and Shaker
    4. Managing Risk
    5. Renée Haugerud’s Big Win: The Three-Instrument Trade
  11. Chapter 4 The Boom Goes Bust
    1. A Fan of the Facts
    2. The Baldwin-United Short
    3. Short Seller Supreme
    4. Doggedly—and Successfully—Cynical
    5. The China Short
  12. Chapter 5 Digging Deep, Coming Up Big
    1. Nurturing a Tiger Cub
    2. Apprentice to Journeyman to Master
    3. Mapping Maverick
    4. The Cognizant Big Win: Challenging Conventional Wisdom with Research
  13. Chapter 6 small caps, BIG GAINS
    1. On the Not-So-Fast Track
    2. Reaping Value
    3. RBA: A Classic Big Win in the Royce Style
  14. Chapter 7 The Prophet of a Profitable Vision
    1. Native Wolverine
    2. Big Wins: The Enclosed Mall and the Irvine Ranch
    3. Core Competency
    4. Defeating Threshold Resistance
    5. The Process
  15. Chapter 8 The Twenty-First Century Belongs to China—and Commodities
    1. Easy Rider Explores the World
    2. A Father’s Gift
    3. Bullish on China
    4. The Commodities Connection
  16. Chapter 9 Opportunity Is Where You Find It
    1. No Limitations
    2. Finding the Deal
    3. On the Beach
    4. The Peebles Way to a Win
  17. Chapter 10 Finding Value in Junk
    1. Educational Value Added: On-the-Job Training
    2. Solo
    3. The More You Know . . .
    4. Bringing the Carcass Back to Life
  18. Conclusion: So There You Have It . . .
  19. About the Author
  20. Index