Dr. A. Seddik Meziani is a tenured professor of finance at Montclair State University in New Jersey, USA, and former chair of the department of Economics, Finance, and Real Estate. He is also the Soliciting Editor of The Journal of Index Investing and a member of the Research Advisory Board of ETF Global, LLC, an independent advisory firm that offers investment decision support, research, and risk analytics focusing on exchange-traded funds. He previously worked for Standard & Poor’s and TIAA-CREF. He received a PhD from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and an MBA from New York University, USA.
Dr. Meziani’s expertise covers exchange-traded funds, micro- and small-caps and emerging/frontier markets. His extensive work on ETFs was acknowledged on a worldwide list of “Seventeen ETF Friendly Professors” compiled by Yahoo Finance. He has been regularly featured on the ETF speaking circuit since 2000 and has served as a speaker, panel moderator, and panellist on a wide range of ETF topics at several ETF conferences, both in the United States and internationally. He is extensively published in both academic and practitioner journals and is the author of two ETF books: Exchange-Traded Funds as an Investment Option (Palgrave-Macmillan, 2005) and Exchange-Traded Funds: Conceptual and Practical Investment Approaches (Risk Books, 2009).
Howard Marks, the chairman and cofounder of Oaktree Capital Management, is renowned for his insightful assessments of market opportunity and risk. After four decades spent ascending to the top of the investment management profession, he is today sought out by the world's leading value investors, and his client memos brim with insightful commentary and a time-tested, fundamental philosophy. Now for the first time, all readers can benefit from Marks's wisdom, concentrated into a single volume that speaks to both the amateur and seasoned investor.
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. Utilizing 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.
In THE AGE OF CRYPTOCURRENCY, Wall Street journalists Paul Vigna and Michael J. Casey deliver the definitive answer to this question. Cybermoney is poised to launch a revolution, one that could entirely re-invent traditional financial and social structures while bringing the world's billions of "unbanked" individuals into a new global economy. Cryptocurrency represents the promise of a financial system without a middleman, one owned by the people who use it and one safeguarded from the devastation of a 2008-type crash.
But bitcoin, the most famous of the cybermonies, brings with it a reputation for instability, wild fluctuation, and illicit business; some fear it has the power to eliminate jobs and to upend the concept of a nation-state. It implies, above all, monumental and wide-reaching change—for better and for worse. But it is here to stay, and you ignore it at your peril.
Vigna and Casey demystify the concept of cryptocurrency, detailing its origins, its function, and what you need to know to navigate a cyber-economy. The digital currency world will look very different from the paper currency world; THE AGE OF CRYPTOCURRENCY will teach you how to be ready for it.