Book Bits | 15 June 2019

Equity Smart Beta and Factor Investing for Practitioners
By Khalid Ghayur, et al.
Summary via publisher (Wiley)
Equity Smart Beta and Factor Investing for Practitioners offers a hands-on guide to the popular investment opportunities of smart beta, which is one of the fastest growing areas within the global equity asset class. This well-balanced book is written in accessible and understandable terms and contains an in-depth manual filled with analytical information and new ideas. The authors—noted experts in the field—include a definition of smart beta investing and detail its history. They also explore the distinguishing characteristics of smart beta strategies, offer an overview of factor investing, and reveal the implementation of smart beta approaches. Comprehensive in scope, the book contains helpful examples of applications, real-life illustrative case studies, and contributions from leading and respected practitioners that explain how they approach smart beta investing.

Are We There Yet?: The American Automobile Past, Present, and Driverless
By Dan Albert
Interview with author via The Drive’s Merge Now podcast
Over the past 100 years America’s “love affair with the car” has followed a familiar trajectory, from intense, carefree attraction through periods of painful but necessary compromise and settling into the placid, pragmatic coexistence of the past several decades. Then, suddenly, the symptoms of mid-life crisis hit and a flood of new ideas, hopes and expectations now haunt the second century of our enduring union with the car.

The Billion Dollar Secret: 20 Principles of Billionaire Wealth and Success
By Rafael Badziag
Review via Business Insider
You can’t build wealth without a strong foundation.
“In the long term, your habits will determine your future,” Rafael Badziag, an entrepreneur and expert in the psychology of entrepreneurship, wrote in his book “The Billion Dollar Secret: 20 Principles of Billionaire Wealth and Success.”
Badziag spent five years conducting face-to-face interviews with 21 self-made billionaire entrepreneurs around the world (defined as those with a net worth of at least $1 billion) and researching their lives and companies. He found that they share the same six habits, which created the foundation for their businesses and financial success.

The Gap: The Little Space Between What You Know and Don’t Know
By Douglas Vigliotti
Summary via Amazon
Meet the Gap: the little space between what you know and don’t know. It’s the thing sitting between you and what you want; it’s a small thing that amounts to everything. Are you stuck in your career, relationship, education, or business? Maybe you’re frozen by the same old habits and opinions or trapped in the story you’ve been telling yourself for the last 20, 30, or 50 years? That’s okay. It’s normal. We only know what we know. We’re all stuck on something. In a world overflowing with competing information, knowing who to turn to, what to watch out for, and what to focus on has never been more difficult.