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Cautionary tales for the modern investor: The seven deadly sins of multi-asset investing

Investing is an activity that's rife with opportunity to fall into bad habits, be led astray or make decisions for the wrong reasons. Being aware of the behavioural traps and temptations that lie in wait for the unwary investor is the first step to avoiding them.

The Seven Deadly Sins were formulated in early Christian teachings to make followers mindful of man's natural vices - lust, gluttony, greed, sloth, wrath, envy and pride.

On the following pages, The Seven Deadly Sins are adapted to the world of multi-asset investment, revealing the all-too-common investor tendencies that the authors look to avoid in order to achieve reliable long-term performance.

75 Things You Should Know About Working in a Call Center: A Fun Look at Life on the Phones

This book is an in-depth look at what it is like to work on the phones in a call center. Fun, revealing and at times, shocking. Marsha tells it like it is to work 8 hours a day with headsets glued to your head.

Scholars, Travellers and Trade: The Pioneer Years of the National Museum of Antiquities in Leiden, 1818-1840

Today, the National Museum of Antiquities in Leiden is internationally known for its outstanding archaeological collections. Yet its origins lie in an insignificant assortment of artefacts used for study by Leiden University. How did this transformation come about?Ruurd Halbertsma has delved into the archives to show that the appointment of Caspar Reuvens as Professor of Archaeology in 1818 was the crucial turning point. He tells the dramatic story of Reuvens' struggle to establish the museum, with battles against rival scholars, red tape and the Dutch attitude of neglect towards archaeological monuments. This book throws new light on the process of creating a national museum, and the difficulties of convincing society of the value of the past.

A. L. BOWERS, The Making of a Patriarch: From Subsistence Farming to the Board of an NYSE Company

Looking to read a captivating biography of a person who was involved in the history of his times? This book is a biography of a grandfather who was a native of Georgia and was part of the Old South as it transitioned to the New South. His name was A. L. (Al) Bowers. Born in 1899 into a subsistence farming family, Al was one of 13 children that farmed in the Panola community of southern DeKalb County, Georgia. As a teenager, he took produce from the farm by wagon thirty miles to Atlanta to sell for much needed cash and purchased supplies for the farm and family. He became enamored of Atlanta and was attracted to the five and dime variety story industry and worked his way up in the H. L. Green Company from a stock boy to become a vice president and member of the board of directors. He continued to support his extended family back on the farm while raising his own family. His descendants came to appreciate his journey which was characterized by rural, suburban, and urban living and people from all walks of life. He was entrusted with trying to effectuate a company merger that ultimately failed. He and the H. L. Green Company were frequently referred to in the newspapers throughout the South and The New York Times. The story is a riveting one of a man from humble beginnings leading his family into the economic success of a South that was becoming less agricultural and increasingly commercially prosperous.

Ten golden rules of equity investing

A distillation of insights from the world of investing into ten succinct rules - a light-hearted eBook with some serious lessons. A must-read for all investors.

Lee Kuan Yew: The Unofficial Biography

This is the biography of the great Mr. Lee Kuan Yew, whom Mr Obama has mentioned to be one of the greatest men in the 20th and 21st century.Mr Lee was nominated as among the top 100 people in Time 100 that affect the world.In this short unofficial biography, you will get to know the intelligence, thoughts, wisdom and character of a great leader.Do check out Book 2... Lee Kuan Yew : Inspiring Life Changing Habits of LKY. Just model after some of his successful habits and see how you can improve your life too!

The Problem of Knowledge in Financial Markets

One of the undoubted highlights of the book 'Professional Investor Rules' is the chapter by Paul Jourdan, AAA-rated fund manager and CEO of Amati Global Investors. A highly pellucid and thought-provoking piece, it takes an unflinching look at what it means to be a successful investor engaged in the "living and strangely intelligent organism" of today's financial markets - the importance of self-knowledge, the vital role of history and stories, and the limits of certainty that every investor must come to terms with.

This eBook exclusively reproduces the chapter as a standalone piece. It remains a striking and provocative piece of essential reading for every investor.

Struggles and Triumphs: Autobiography of P. T. Burnam (The American Journalists)

Struggles and Triumphs is the autobiography of P. T. Barnum, famous American businessman and showman. Covering the period of around half a century, the autobiography tells about how he found success selling sights to the American and European public. He was successful because he watched for an opportunity to sell things, and then used the power of marketing and advertising to make sure that everybody wanted to see his attractions. Barnum shares many fascinating episodes in the process of making money and building great fortune, by arranging circus shows, concerts, theatrical performances and similar events, then losing it all through frauds and hoaxes, only to start again and succeeds even more.

Being SAGE: 50th Anniversary Edition

Over drinks with her favorite professor and her future husband, a 25-year-old Sara Miller founded one of the most influential academic publishing houses on the planet. This career-spanning autobiography follows Sara Miller McCune and the company that emerged from that cocktail hour, SAGE Publishing. Read along as over 50 years SAGE grows from publishing a single journal promoted by direct mail (from a list provided by Daniel Patrick Moynihan) into a globe-spanning and proudly independent company with a core belief that engaged scholarship lies at the heart of any healthy society.

While the book is an excellent source for those interested in publishing, education (especially the rise of social science in the post-war academy), and entrepreneurship, perhaps its most powerful impact is as an inspiring tale for young women anxious to start their own business and chart an independent course in life.

This book is only available in e-book format.

corporate [g]ripping stories: mamma, che impresa!

This publication is part of the Mamma, che impresa! project, a workshop that promotes corporate culture, founded on the initiative of Rancilio Cube and open to collaborations and synergies.The stories of nine bright business case-histories, narrated, together with professional writers, by those who have founded them and lead them, and the stories that won a national essay contest for students from Italian schools, called to bring youths closer to the idea of entrepreneurship and its importance.One of the ten stories by the very young writers acts as a common thread, as it's extraordinarily capable of covering all the key elements of best entrepreneurship.After #librosospeso, dedicated to the incredible story of a young independent bookseller, another confirmation of the parnership between Rancilio Cube and dEste, a publishing house oriented towards innovation and attentive to young audiences, with the further contribution of Feduf Foundation for Economic Financial and Savings Education that has promoted and coordinated the literary prize for schools.

Will to win

On the occasion of my father Galdino’s birthday, coinciding―as he jokingly loved to remember―with that of Marlon Brando, Gabel wishes to bring a bit of optimism and positivity into the difficult period that we are all experiencing. Galdino Beltramello was also the founder of our Company, a project that he brought to success after many years of incomparable commitment. Certain that he would’ve both liked and promoted it, we will distribute his biography for free, included in this e-book, during the months of April and May 2020.With this, we hope to preside over the quarantine and forced closure of society while we stay in our homes, making up for the lost time that can instead be found in the companionship of a good read. “Will to Win” tells the story of an intense and adventurous existence, full of trials and tribulations, marked sometimes by discomfort and sometimes by situations of real danger, faced by Galdino during World War II. Thanks to his unwavering willpower, above all else, these moments have came and went, with his successes and satisfactions to follow. They are now brought to life in his work, especially in his family’s life. These episodes remind us what the world is going through, especially in terms of sacrifice and uncertainties for tomorrow. It is a tribute that Gabel wishes to give to those who read it: to instill some of the extraordinary strength of the men and women who preceded us and have brought hope and determination even in the most impervious territories.With a goal to bring help to those who are doing their utmost for the benefit of us all during this period, those who wish can make a donation to the Italian Civil Protection through the IBAN: IT84Z0306905020100000066387.We also would like to make you a part of our latest efforts. During these last few weeks, which have certainly not been easy, we have launched a new digital product, e-poles ( We worked with enthusiasm and ardour so that release was not delayed, in recognition of the importance of the protection of health and of the aid that e-poles will bring in the fight against different pathologies—metabolic, cardiovascular and neurodegenerative—as well as as a tool for improvement in the practice of Nordic Walking. We hope to work even more in the future, bringing its benefit to others.Gianpietro Beltramello

Of fiber and people

In 1999, Shaul Shani and Amos Genish, two fearless businessmen, without any experience in the Brazilian telecommunications market, driven by a great dream but with limited capital, built GVT and took on the industry's large companies. Against all odds, the startup grew to become an important player in an industry dominated by giants, transforming itself from a small undertaking of US$ 54 thousand, into a US$9 billion company that is considered a market reference.In this book, Bruno Fernandes and Chico Barbosa highlight and analyze the events behind GVT's creation. It is a story with all the makings of a corporate thriller, revealing the moments of tension, doubt, and the extreme pressure under which the GVT executives operated as they made their way to the top of the industry.From the start, Shani and Genish faced seemingly insurmountable obstacles, such as investors' skepticism and aversion to new technology businesses, and delays in the company's IPO (Initial Public Offering). Moreover, as the company and market evolved, they had to tackle diverse management issues, expand operations to new regions and launch new businesses. Each milestone the company reached was a stepping stone in building a culture based on fiber and people. By investing in new technologies as well as in its employees, the company built a highly motivated team, able to communicate with customers in a transparent way, delivering consistent results.GVT started a new cycle when it was acquired by Telefónica in a competitive and unprecedented deal that became the biggest foreign investment in a Brazilian asset since 1980, at US$ 9 billion."GVT's strength lies in the originality of its business model, as well as its technological model." – Jean-Bernard Lévy, former CEO, Vivendi"GVT has an incredible story, leveraging its latest generation network and technology with a DNA that is highly focused on innovation." – Marco Patuano, former CEO, Telecom Italia