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Book Review: The Effective Investor

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Although certain passages of The Effective Investor are specific to South Africa’s economy and markets, the book has broad applicability beyond that country’s borders. A true renaissance man, author Franco Busetti renders the arcana of markets and modern portfolio theory accessible to both the novice investor and the experienced practitioner.

Franco Busetti, the author of The Effective Investor: The Definitive Guide for All South Africans, is a seasoned investment specialist. Trained as a chemical engineer, he also holds degrees in artificial intelligence and economics and is a CFA charterholder. In the 25 years that Busetti has worked in investment management, his “tours of duty” have included research director at Absa Securities and strategist and head of quantitative research at JPMorgan and Credit Suisse Standard Securities. The Effective Investor serves as a handy compendium on stock selection, portfolio management, and modern portfolio theory, with an emphasis on their practical application. Written in a tongue-in-cheek style, Busetti’s book not only informs but also entertains.

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