Book Bits |22 October 2016

Quantitative Momentum: A Practitioner’s Guide to Building a Momentum-Based Stock Selection System
By Wesley R. Gray and Jack R. Vogel
Summary via publisher (Wiley)
Quantitative Momentum brings momentum investing out of Wall Street and into the hands of individual investors. In his last book, Quantitative Value, author Wes Gray brought systematic value strategy from the hedge funds to the masses; in this book, he does the same for momentum investing, the system that has been shown to beat the market and regularly enriches the coffers of Wall Street’s most sophisticated investors. First, you’ll learn what momentum investing is not: it’s not ‘growth’ investing, nor is it an esoteric academic concept. You may have seen it used for asset allocation, but this book details the ways in which momentum stands on its own as a stock selection strategy, and gives you the expert insight you need to make it work for you. You’ll dig into its behavioral psychology roots, and discover the key tactics that are bringing both institutional and individual investors flocking into the momentum fold.

Failure to Adjust: How Americans Got Left Behind in the Global Economy
By Edward Alden
Summary via publisher (Rowman &Littlefield)
Americans know that something has gone wrong in this country’s effort to prosper in the face of growing global economic competition. The vast benefits promised by the supporters of globalization, and by their own government, have never materialized for most Americans. This book is the story of what went wrong, and how to correct the course. It is a compelling history of the last four decades of US economic and trade policies that have left Americans unable to adapt to or compete in the current global marketplace.

Mistakes Millionaires Make: Lessons from 30 Successful Entrepreneurs
By Harry Clark
Summary via publisher (Greenleaf)
What happens when huge risks and unforeseen pitfalls take enterprises down and ruin fortunes in a flash? The fall from the top is painful and inglorious. CEO coach, author, and speaker Harry Clark and the thirty ultimately successful entrepreneurs he interviewed for Mistakes Millionaires Make know that terrible fate all too well. They lived it. And they recount their experiences—involving losses from ten million to two hundred million dollars—and the catastrophic effects those losses had on them and their families.

A Culture of Growth: The Origins of the Modern Economy
By Joel Mokyr
Summary via publisher (Princeton University Press)
During the late eighteenth century, innovations in Europe triggered the Industrial Revolution and the sustained economic progress that spread across the globe. While much has been made of the details of the Industrial Revolution, what remains a mystery is why it took place at all. Why did this revolution begin in the West and not elsewhere, and why did it continue, leading to today’s unprecedented prosperity? In this groundbreaking book, celebrated economic historian Joel Mokyr argues that a culture of growth specific to early modern Europe and the European Enlightenment laid the foundations for the scientific advances and pioneering inventions that would instigate explosive technological and economic development. Bringing together economics, the history of science and technology, and models of cultural evolution, Mokyr demonstrates that culture—the beliefs, values, and preferences in society that are capable of changing behavior—was a deciding factor in societal transformations.

Why Simple Wins: Escape the Complexity Trap and Get to Work That Matters
By Lisa Bodell
Summary via publisher (Bibliomotion)
Complexity is killing companies’ ability to innovate and adapt, and simplicity is fast becoming the competitive advantage of our time. Why Simple Wins helps leaders and their teams move beyond the feelings of frustration and futility that come with so much unproductive work in today’s corporate world to create a corporate culture where valuable, essential, meaningful work is the norm. By learning how to eliminate redundancies, communicate with clarity, and make simplification a habit, individuals and companies can begin to recognize which activities are time-sucks and which create lasting value.

The Weakest Link: Why Your Employees Might Be Your Biggest Cyber Risk
By Jeremy Swinfen Green and Paul Dorey
Summary via publisher (Bloomsbury)
The Weakest Link looks at one of the biggest issues in cyber security: how to protect organisations from their own employees. Many cyber threats don’t involve hackers using clever software to penetrate company networks; threats can often involve employees acting in ways that, accidentally or deliberately, leak information or damage assets without a hacker being involved at all. Emerging technologies and behavioural changes – driven by cloud computing and people using their own smartphones and tablets for work – are starting to make these threats more common and far more serious.