The Quest for Alpha: The Holy Grail of Investing

Swedroe, Larry E.

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Synopsis: The final word on passive vs. active investing

The debate on active investing-stock picking and market timing-versus passive investing-markets are highly efficient and almost impossible to outperform-has raged for decades. Which side is right? In The Quest for Alpha: The Holy Grail of Investing, author Larry E. Swedroe puts an end to the debate, proving once and for all that active investing is likely to prove futile as the associated expenses-costs, fees, and time spent analyzing individual stocks and the overall market-are likely to exceed any benefits gained. The book

  • Presents research, data, and quotations that reveal it's extremely difficult to outperform the market
  • Explains why investors should focus on asset allocation, fund construction, costs, tax efficiency, and the building of a globally diversified portfolio that minimizes, if not eliminates, the taking of idiosyncratic, uncompensated risks
  • Other titles by Swedroe: The Only Guide to Alternative Investments You'll Ever Need and The Only Guide You'll Ever Need for the Right Financial Plan

Investors are on a never-ending search for a money manager who will deliver returns above the appropriate risk-adjusted benchmark, aka the "Holy Grail of Investing." The Quest for Alpha demonstrates that it's a loser's game-while it's possible to win, it's so unlikely that you shouldn't try.

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"In a world where many investment books promise sure-fire techniques to earn extraordinary returns, it is refreshing to have Larry Swedroe remind us that there are no such techniques—in short, there is no holy grail. This delightful book will help investors win by teaching them how to avoid losing."— Burton G. Malkiel, author of A Random Walk Down Wall Street

"Larry has written an extremely readable book that you will find hard to put down. I find this to be the best book Larry Swedroe has written, both due to its general readability and its content. One thing is certain: this book will not be found on the bookshelves of brokerage houses—it puts the lie to just about everything they claim they can do."—Edward R. Wolfe, PhD, Professor of Finance, Western Kentucky University

"If your crystal ball is working, don't read this book. But if it's cloudy and you care about your or your clients' investments, you must read The Quest for Alpha. You may not discover the holy grail, but you will be a far better investor."—Harold Evensky, President, Evensky & Katz Wealth Management

"Over the last forty years, researchers have produced a mountain of evidence documenting the advantages of a simple, low-cost, diversified approach to investing. Larry Swedroe has climbed this mountain and condensed their wisdom into a manageable volume that offers one-stop shopping. Anyone setting off on the path of managing their own money would do well to consult this comprehensive guidebook."—Weston Wellington, Vice President, Dimensional Fund Advisors

"With his entertaining and easy-to-read writing style, Larry presents a clear and concise message that is supported by decades of research: hold a globally diversified portfolio of low-cost index funds and ETFs; harvest tax losses; and periodically rebalance. This winning strategy is how I manage my money, and it can help you prudently manage your portfolio, too."—Dr. William Reichenstein, CFA, Professor of Finance, Baylor University

"Larry Swedroe uses his inimitable style with research findings to convey the message most investors do not want to hear and certainly do not want to believe—the search for alpha is dominated by the 'wizards of advertising'—and, for relatively sophisticated investors, by the 'wizards of overconfidence.'"— John A. Haslem, Professor Emeritus of Finance, University of Maryland; Editor of Mutual Funds: Portfolio Structures, Analysis, Management, and Stewardship

"Caution active investors: after reading this book, you'll probably never be able to buy another active fund. In The Quest for Alpha, Larry Swedroe provides the most thorough and compelling evidence-based case for passive investing I've ever read."—Mel Lindauer, Forbes.com columnist and coauthor of The Bogleheads' Guide to Investing and The Bogleheads' Guide to Retirement Planning

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