Author, Andrew Sheldon
Global Mining Investing is a reference eBook to teach investors how to think and act as investors with a underlying theme of managing risk. The book touches on a huge amount of content which heavily relies on knowledge that can only be obtained through experience...The text was engaging, as I knew the valuable outcome was to be a better thinker and investor.
While some books (such as Coulson’s An Insider’s Guide to the Mining Sector) focus on one particular commodity this book (Global Mining Investing) attempts (and does well) to cover all types of mining and commodities.
Monday, February 4, 2008
1. Big picture perspective: This is where you look at the macro-economic setting, the state of global capital markets and develop a micro-economic framework that reconciles with your global perspective. This is otherwise referred to as a top-down analysis.
2. Specific investment focus: This is where you reflect more on the merits of a range of particular investments, and allocate your funds accordingly. This is referred to as a bottoms-up approach to stock picking.
3. Holistic or synchronised perspective: The best approach is to consider both, or to integrate both approaches.
Prior to 2002 I really did not have the understanding of global financial markets to understand how all the elements of the market came together. I think it took me about 4 years of reading material to really develop an understanding of the macro-economics that drive markets. In recent years its become apparent to me that so many financial journalists, even economists just dont have a clue.
I would suggest that you really need to know the commercial parameters that drive corporate decision making, and well as the factors that drive markets. It might take you a while, but managing your investments by the age of 40yo is likely to become just as important as managing your career, and managing it well could make the world of difference.
Andrew Sheldon www.sheldonthinks.com
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