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The Big Money

Seven Steps to Picking Great Stocks and Finding Financial Security

About The Book

In The Big Money veteran stock picker and mutual fund manager Fred Kobrick draws on his decades of success to explain his Seven Steps to financial security in any investing climate.

Kobrick shows investors how to find the high-quality stocks that will make them wealthy. A stock portfolio needs only a few stocks that appreciate in value ten or twenty times, or one or two stocks that appreciate in value a hundred times or more. Kobrick describes how he found some of his most successful stocks simply by looking carefully at the products and services that customers and investors love, and recognizing the great business models that create repeatability, the ability to keep producing success. This is a timeless approach, so what works with Microsoft, Dell, or Home Depot will work with Google and even newer companies. Kobrick explains that the average investor should not try to emulate a stock analyst or a technician to find great stocks that will generate great wealth. Instead investors must recognize great companies early -- by understanding their business model, identifying their assumptions, recognizing their business strategy, and evaluating their management. Kobrick calls those four factors BASM, and they are the cornerstone of his investing philosophy. Great managements grow companies and earnings, driving stock prices higher. Kobrick also offers some tried-and-tested ways to know when you have a winner you should hold, and when you should sell.

Throughout the book Kobrick describes some of his biggest successes -- as well as a few stocks he missed. His stories about these companies are insightful and frequently entertaining. In bull and bear markets, from retail to high tech, Kobrick has prospered. His stories and his Seven Steps to financial success will show investors what they need to know to do the same thing -- prosper in any investing climate. No serious investor can afford to be without this book.

About The Author

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Frederick R. Kobrick has managed money for more than thirty years. He spent fourteen years as an investment analyst at Wellington Management Company, then joined State Street Research & Management in 1985. He managed the State Street Research Capital Fund, which was one of the five best-performing funds in the country for fifteen years, according to USA Today. Kobrick's Capital Appreciation Fund was included in Money magazine's "Six Funds of the Decade" in 1996, and cited in USA Today as among the five best funds for the entire bull market.

Kobrick left State Street in 1997 to start his own firm, managing three public mutual funds as well as Kobrick Capital, a hedge fund for wealthy individuals and institutions. He was cited by The Boston Globe as one of the top three investors of the 1990s. Kobrick Capital was named USA Today's All-Star Fund of the Year in 1998 and 1999, the only mutual fund ever to win twice.

A frequent guest on financial programs on television, Kobrick currently advises institutions on a pro bono basis and also lectures. He teaches investment management part-time at Boston University, where he has served as a trustee.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster (April 18, 2006)
  • Length: 320 pages
  • ISBN13: 9780743288750

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Raves and Reviews

"One of the best stock pickers I have ever met. . . .This book breaks new ground and will help investors improve their skills." -- Peter Lynch

"One of the great masters of the market, Fred Kobrick, offers up the lessons of a lifetime." -- Henry Scammell, Equities

"In The Big Money, Frederick Kobrick's confidence and insight, honed from more than three decades as a leading mutual fund manager and investor, make his stories worth a good listen. . . . His results speak for themselves." -- Kerry Hannon, USA Today

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