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Old 01-06-2011, 01:16 PM   #21
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Thanks, REW. Easy download, went straight into my favorite portable format. Wahoo! I've been meaning to read this author.
I transferred it to my iPod touch, but it isn't feasible to read it there (font too small in the pdf format). Did you do anything different?
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I used epub2go.com and converted it and that worked pretty well, but there are some problems, especially with hyphenations.

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I transferred it to my iPod touch, but it isn't feasible to read it there (font too small in the pdf format). Did you do anything different?
No, it's in iPod iBooks. I read there only in short bursts, hopefully before the eyes go blurry.

Still can't transfer iTunes liner notes to iBooks, I'm guessing it can't be done (yet) maybe because of copywrite issues.
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I just downloaded it to my Windows XP laptop, then followed instructions here to copy it to my Kindle 2.
Kindle FAQ | Amazon Kindle 3 and Kindle DX Review and News Blog

I turned on my Kindle first before connecting it to my PC which was a mistake. The Copy File function had trouble with the file directory name.
So I disconnected the device via the Window XP "Safely Disconnect Device" control icon, turned off the Kindle, connected it (still powered off) and all went according to Hoyle.

I just opened it on my Kindle successfully. I tried to do a text font enlargement, but was only allowed to do a screen rotation function on the file. This enlarged the font, but the rotation unfortunately cuts off several lines at the bottom of each page.
It is readable in standard portrait orientation as long as I wear my reading glasses.

Thanks for the free book link.
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Thanks REWahoo.

For those interested in sizing up Mr. Malkiel's personality and presentation skills, here's a video interview posted today:

Princeton's Malkiel Interview on Economy, Strategy - Video - Bloomberg

Although he doesn't talk about the new book, I'm now more interested in giving it a read. seems to be an interesting guy (for a finance professor).
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For those interested in sizing up Mr. Malkiel's personality and presentation skills, here's a video interview posted today:

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Telling people you can't beat the market is like telling a six year old Santa Claus doesn't exist. It's very hard, the six year old doesn't want to believe it.
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Telling people you can't beat the market is like telling a six year old Santa Claus doesn't exist. It's very hard, the six year old doesn't want to believe it.
"If Santa isn't real, then will I still get my market-beating returns presents?"
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Good video. Thanks for the link. I have forwarded it to Jim Cramer.
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Malkiel is absolutely right that an investor would be wasting time to find a MF manager to beat the market for him. Past studies show time and time again that no MF managers have been able to consistently beat the market.

If an investor wants to beat the market, he has to do it himself. It is admittedly a quixotic task, but one aspires to do that, he better tries his hand at the market himself instead of looking for a "hot" MF manager to do it for him.

I do not think the MF managers are all dumb. In fact some of them may be plenty smart, but they do not operate with the freedom of a small individual investor. I believe the main reason a successful MF manager often failed after a string of good years was that, as more money flowed into his fund, it reduced his mobility to make good trades due to the fund size.

A similar story was often told about Peter Lynch. From Wikipedia,
In 1977, Lynch was named head of the then obscure Magellan Fund which had $18 million in assets. By the time Lynch resigned as a fund manager in 1990, the fund had grown to more than $14 billion in assets with more than 1,000 individual stock positions.
It was said that Lynch was smart to call it quit while he was on top. Sure enough, his successors at Magellan never could do as well. However, the fund continued to grow to $100 Billion in the late 90s based on its reputation. After its performance sizzled out, its asset is now at $19B.
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It was said that Lynch was smart to call it quit while he was on top.
IIRC he was burned out to a crisp by fund bloat, and "smart" didn't have much to do with his decision to get out while the gettin' was good...
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