Bad Cat

If you've ever had the good fortune of owning a cat, then you know that they're just as mischievous as they are cute. Within the pages of the hysterical Bad Cat ($10) by Jim Edgar, you'll enjoy mug shots of 244 cats misbehaving rather badly. If you're like us, you'll probably relate to a few too many of the "crimes" in this book.

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Posted on 04.12.13 at 5:10 AM

In the movie Limitless, someone with iitinnfe potential went straight to the stock market to make huge gains quickly. The goal of Peter Leeds' Invest in Penny Stocks is to give you the tools that could help you do the same thing. The book describes the Leeds Analysis system for picking which penny stocks to invest in, how and when to buy, and how and when to sell. The three main components of his system are fundamental analysis (e.g., financial statements), technical analysis (e.g., trends in stock prices), and Third Level Analysis (e.g., rumors about the CEO of a company.) Leeds goes into nice detail about each of those levels of analysis, and I particularly appreciated the weight he gave to leadership: A horrible CEO running a great business is likely to fail, while a great CEO running a horrible business is likely to succeed. (p. 111) I thought Leeds did an excellent job offering helpful content while maintaining a balanced tone. He began the book by pointing out the risks of investing in penny stocks, noting that he doesn't give anyone specific advice about their personal investments, and even sharing his own story of having lost his entire life savings ($3600) in the stock market at the age of 14. I thought he did a good, responsible job of clearly explaining that his area of expertise is not something that everyone should be pursuing. And for people willing to go for it, he wisely recommended starting with paper-trading to get some experience before actually investing cash. Although I admired the balanced, positive tone and smart content of the book, I thought the references to Leeds Analysis became so frequent that they interfered somewhat with the overall flow of the book. Here's an example: I'll also introduce you to Leeds Analysis More accurately, the method I developed, which I called Leeds Analysis, started becoming pretty good at investing This is the major driving principle behind Leeds Analysis, the successful trading methodology that I've developed. Out of significant paper-trading I developed and continually refined Leeds Analysis. (p. vii, 29) If you can stay focused on the content without being distracted by that one issue, I think this is a very valuable book. If you pick it up, I hope you get a good return on your investment!

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