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Informed by a lifetime of experience and study, The Most Important Thing explains the keys to successful investment and the pitfalls that can destroy capital or ruin a career. Using passages from his memos to illustrate his ideas, Marks teaches by example, detailing the development of an investment philosophy that fully acknowledges the complexities of investing and the perils of the financial world. Brilliantly applying insight to today's volatile markets, Marks offers a volume that is part memoir, part creed, with a number of broad takeaways. Marks expounds on such concepts as "second-level thinking", the price/value relationship, patient opportunism, and defensive investing. Frankly and honestly assessing his own decisions - and occasional missteps - he provides valuable lessons for critical thinking, risk assessment, and investment strategy.
Encouraging investors to be "contrarian", Marks wisely judges market cycles and achieves returns through aggressive yet measured action. Which element is the most essential? Successful investing requires thoughtful attention to many separate aspects, and each of Marks's subjects proves to be the most important thing.
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By Johnny on 06-08-15
Five Star Book, two Star Audiobook
Would you consider the audio edition of The Most Important Thing to be better than the print version?
No, not at all. The narrater is a great speaker. But he sounds like Kramer on the Seinfeld commercial where he was imitating the MoviePhone guy. It's not entirely his fault. I've watched hours of interviews with Howard Mark's and he tells his stories so great, with a great Queens accent. This is one of the greatest investing books ever written, but the way it's read widdle's it down to absolute boredom.
What was one of the most memorable moments of The Most Important Thing?
Mark's adages...which are funner and more memorable to hear from Mark's himself.
Any additional comments?
The print version of this is amazing. All of his video interviews are absolutely entertaining and insightful. I may keep this just because it's a great book and the information is valuable to me.
9 of 10 people found this review helpful
By Steven on 03-09-13
making good decisions - terriffic
Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
would recommend this book as highly as any i have read in the last 10 years... and i read a lot of books on investing and decision-making. this book is incredibly focused and to the point. great for beginners and for professionals. Howard puts many years of wisdom into words easily. must read - or better yet, must listen to
What about John FitzGibbon’s performance did you like?
gerat narration. better than reading it
6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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By mo on 12-06-17
Great content very well read must buy
Easy to listen to with great insights, would recommend to any would be investor. Enjoy
By John P on 08-03-17
First Class Investing Philosophy
In many ways this is a philosophy book. Howard Marks is a deep thinker and eloquent writer. If you like Charlie Munger and Nicholas Taleb you will get a lot from Howard Marks. Take a look at his memos on the Oaktree site to get a flavour.
Oh, and the narrator is first class.