Archive for tag Tom Jacobs

Jan7 2013

Barron’s reviews “What’s Behind the Numbers?”

Barron's review of investing book "What's Behind the Numbers: A Guide to Exposing Financial Chicanery" informative with lively prose.  Calls book a guide "to avoid land mines in your portfolio."

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Nov15 2012

Index Universe Q&A with Ranger’s Del Vecchio: A Forensic Indexer

John Del Vecchio, forensic accountant and co-portfolio manager of the Ranger Equity Bear ETF (NYSEArca: HDGE), has a new book out that puts indexing in a favorable light, but with a few important twists. Del Vecchio told IndexUniverse.com

Correspondent Cinthia Murphy that owning swaths of the market is the only way to preserve returns in a world full of vagaries that can torpedo the most established of companies. But that doesn’t mean he buys into traditional market-capitalization-weighted methodologies.
 
Read the entire Q&A here  - He discusses the key concepts behind that fund in his book “What’s Behind The Numbers?” (McGraw Hill) ,arguing that applying forensic accounting and focusing on earnings quality allows him to find value stocks while excluding accidents that are waiting to happen.

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Nov11 2012

Dallas Morning News recommends “What’s Behind The Numbers? Expose Financial Chicanery”

Dallas Morning News business columnist Will Deener reviews What's Behind the Numbers? Expose Financial Chicanery... written by John Del Vecchio, forensic accountant / co-manager of actively managed all short Ranger Equity Bear ETF and Tom Jacobs Portfolio Manager of Motley Fool Special Ops.

"I would recommend the book to those compelled toward stock picking or to anyone who wants to better understand how companies manipulate their earnings. It’s an easy read — you don’t need an accounting degree to understand it — and the insights are applicable whether you prefer to go long or short. . . Avoiding the big losses is more important than getting the big win, and that is the message of this book."

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