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As today's preeminent doomsday investor Mark Spitznagel describes his Daoist and roundabout investment approach, “one gains by losing and loses by gaining.” This is Austrian Investing, an archetypal, counterintuitive, and proven approach, gleaned from the 150-year-old Austrian School of economics, that is both timeless and exceedingly timely.
In The Dao of Capital, hedge fund manager and tail-hedging pioneer Mark Spitznagel—with one of the top returns on capital of the financial crisis, as well as over a career—takes us on a gripping, circuitous journey from the Chicago trading pits, over the coniferous boreal forests and canonical strategists from Warring States China to Napoleonic Europe to burgeoning industrial America, to the great economic thinkers of late 19th century Austria. We arrive at his central investment methodology of Austrian Investing, where victory comes not from waging the immediate decisive battle, but rather from the roundabout approach of seeking the intermediate positional advantage (what he calls shi), of aiming at the indirect means rather than directly at the ends. The monumental challenge is in seeing time differently, in a whole new intertemporal dimension, one that is so contrary to our wiring.
Spitznagel is the first to condense the theories of Ludwig von Mises and his Austrian School of economics into a cohesive and—as Spitznagel has shown—highly effective investment methodology. From identifying the monetary distortions and non-randomness of stock market routs (Spitznagel's bread and butter) to scorned highly-productive assets, in Ron Paul's words from the foreword, Spitznagel “brings Austrian economics from the ivory tower to the investment portfolio.”
The Dao of Capital provides a rare and accessible look through the lens of one of today's great investors to discover a profound harmony with the market process—a harmony that is so essential today.
©2013 Mark Spitznagel (P)2014 Audible, Inc.
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By Mandola303 on 05-25-16

exceeded my expectations

I'm not sure what I expected from this book. But the depth of scholarly thought and academic review and history of economic thought exceeded my expectations. this book does a great job of giving a story with illustrations while providing enough analytical thought 2 make this a a fun read and cause me to recall some old satistics jargon.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Shanan Levin on 01-28-15

Fantastic way

Give this book time as the author sews together seemingly unrelated ideas and formulates for the reader a new roundabout way to view the world and the financial markets.

The history is insightful and the approach fascinating and the stories and analogies keep the reader engaged. You won't find this high quality content outside of reading the classical Austrian economics books, which being further removed in time make relevancy arguments the easy critique. This book is destined to be required reading as it is relevant in the here and now and yet overlooked much like Austrian economic theory remains to this day.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Manny on 05-19-16

Made me feel intelligent

This is one I shall have to listen to many more times to draw full benefit from. I am no stock market guru but I am hearing things that I plan to find relevance for in my financial activities .

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2 out of 5 stars
By Mars on 12-20-15

is it finished yet?!

I enjoyed the final chapter. The authors perspective, and indeed an Austrian perspective, on "value" investing and on such luminaries as Ben Graham, was worthwhile and interesting.

The rest of the book, however, takes itself very seriously. I found it preachy and repetitive. The key points, whilst having merit, are laboured to the point of tedium.

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