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The legendary investor shows how to identify and master the cycles that govern the markets.  

We all know markets rise and fall, but when should you pull out, and when should you stay in? The answer is never black or white, but is best reached through a keen understanding of the reasons behind the rhythm of cycles. Confidence about where we are in a cycle comes when you learn the patterns of ups and downs that influence not just economics, markets and companies, but also human psychology and the investing behaviors that result.  

If you study past cycles, understand their origins and remain alert for the next one, you will become keenly attuned to the investment environment as it changes. You’ll be aware and prepared while others get blindsided by unexpected events or fall victim to emotions like fear and greed.  

By following Marks’s insights - drawn in part from his iconic memos over the years to Oaktree’s clients - you can master these recurring patterns to have the opportunity to improve your results.  

Cover design by Mark R. Robinson.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio. 

©2018 Howard Marks (P)2018 Audible, Inc.

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Repetitive

Even though the main premise of the book will be useful to you, the content is way too repetitive. I would have given it 5 stars if this was a short one hour book packed with wisdom. In this format I had to abandon it couple of hours before it ended.

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Cycles : nothing new!

If your reading this book to understand cycles then move on. 1. Superficial history of the last 40 years in the market. 2. Buy at extreme lows. 3. Position your portfolio in a defensive posture at extreme highs. 3. Psychology is very important.
That’s it!! Also the author is very smart- went to great schools. Few interesting quotes. I learned nothing!!

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I was expecting more

Howard Marks kept repeating the concept of cycle over and over in this book. It's all common sense, really. He then listed out few anecdotes of how they perceived the bottom of the cycle in the past. Unfortunately, the whole book lacks substance and I really couldn't get much out of it. Everything he's been talking about is just common sense and he is not able to articulate the details of his execution strategies and how to handle different situations. This book should only be 1 hour long. Please skip this book and read Ray Dalio's new book "Big Debt Crises". The PDF version is FREE on his site.

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The reader sounds like he's eating the whole time.

The information is good but the narrator has an annoying speaking voice. He talks like he's drooling over a peanut butter sandwich the entire time.

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Too many repetitions

The content of the book is actually good, and I think Mr Marks just wants to stress his points, but it ends up appearing way too repetitive.
The points boils down to valuation / psychology.

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Market Cycles and Investor Psychology SIMPLIFIED

Howard did an awesome job breaking down exactly what goes on in investor's minds during various stages of any market cycle. Extremely valuable and must read for all investors.

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Extremely insightful, awesome timing

This is very timely for today's market environments discuss with examples easy to understand. The psychological journey of a contraian investor is lonely, and we faces much ridicule when bull markets are at extremes. Hearing from one of the greatest money manager really helped me stay calm and unwavering amid the many challenges

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Great Book

Love this book and the performance is great. It does have a good amount of ideas/ phrasing that requires you have background knowledge on the subject.

If you can’t follow it 100% it’s descriptive enough that you’ll get it the second or third time you listen to it. I plan on listening twice.

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Very clear and totally sensible.

Based on experience and on a good knowledge of human psychology and of its usual pitfalls.

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It is not the most important thing!

The book is very interesting and very well narreted.
The subject is not broad as it is in hw first book.
It is good to enhance self discipline and avoid investment pitfalls