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Fun book to read. But be careful what gurus promise you
Reviewed in the United States on February 26, 2020
In my early days of learning investing i really enjoyed this book, and I even recommended it to my friends. The idea is simply: buying undervalued good businesses and holding them long-term will eventually beat the market index.
However it's bit of a fairy tale to expect something as simple as this book can make you 20%+ every year for a long time. I'm curious how many readers have actually followed this formula ... like I did. Cruel truth: over the past 2.5 years, the magic formula underperformed SP500 for more than 30% (SP500 + 20%, VS magic formula -12%). This is a huge gap to overcome, so even if i keep trying and wish everything goes well like the book says, i expect my first underperform period (vs SP500) will be at least 5-6 years.
5 years of underperformance during a bull market! No normal people can stay that long simply because a book's promises. FYI I studied the capital market trend and i finally able to understand why we shouldn't follow this book at all. There are simply too many flaws in logic for individuals like me.
Anyway, you all are welcomed to try, some of you may actually be able to do pretty well, but I'm sure at the end most of us are still better off just sticking to indexing . May the force be with you.