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Book details & review: The Lazy Fundamental Analyst

The Lazy Fundamental Analyst
by Fred Piard
Harriman House
Retail Price $34.00
Amazon Price: $23.75

Book Description: This is a simple, quick and effective approach to quantitative fundamental analysis. The Lazy Fundamental Analyst presents a collection of strategies based on the application of quantitative analysis to fundamentals-based investing. It will appeal to anyone looking for simple, effective and low-risk investing strategies. The strategies are organised by ten business sectors: Consumer Discretionary, Consumer Staples, Energy, Financials, Health Care, Industrials, Information Technology, Materials, Telecommunication Service and Utilities. For each sector a strategy is proposed for large capitalisations (companies in the S&P 500 Index) and another is given for small capitalisations (companies in the Russell 2000 index). For each sector, and each strategy, Fred Piard explains how to follow his ?lazy? approach to choose stocks by using only a couple of financial ratios. The strategies eschew detailed due diligence of companies and markets ? instead they rely on applying quantitative techniques to filter out the best investments in each sector. These strategies can be managed in just a few minutes per month, making them suitable for those who only have limited time to devote to investing but still wish to have a winning return. Portfolio protection through the use of market timing and hedging is also presented and this can be used with any of the strategies. If you don?t have the inclination for in-depth fundamental analysis, or only have a few spare minutes per month for your investing, try Fred Piard?s lazy approach to quantitative analysis.


Quantitative fundamental analysis is a business or financial analysis technique that seeks to understand behavior by using complex mathematical and statistical modeling, measurement and research. It can be done for a number of reasons such as measurement, performance evaluation or valuation of a financial instrument. It can also be used to predict real world events such as changes in a share price. In this book author Fred Piard makes quantitative fundamental analysis easy. He provides a logical, methodical, and systematic approach to investing for self-directed, risk-oriented investor. This is a book to keep in your library and refer to often.

~Reviewed by Kyle P.

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