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The Investment Paradox


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Table of Contents

Introduction 1 Chapter One The Opposite of What You're Aiming For 5 Chapter Two Mr Thrifty Enters the Stock Market 11 Chapter Three The Tortoise Beats the Hare 19 Chapter Four A Little Bit Is Enough 29 Chapter Five Ignoring the Eighth Wonder of the World 35 Chapter Six It's All a Matter of Perspective 43 Chapter Seven The Dark Appeal of Risk 53 Chapter Eight Buy Them Cheap and Remember the Trend Is Your Friend 59 Chapter Nine All Good Things Come in Threes 67 Chapter Ten Spotting Tortoises and Hares 77 Chapter Eleven Slice and Dice, But Do It Wisely 83 Chapter Twelve Sit Back and Relax 91 Chapter Thirteen Trade Little, Be Patient 101 Chapter Fourteen The Biggest Victory of All 109 Chapter Fifteen The Golden Rule 117 Chapter Sixteen The Paradox Is Everywhere 123 Chapter Seventeen Will the Paradox Persist? 129 Chapter Eighteen Final Reflections 133 Epilogue Jan's Perspective 137 Appendix 143 Acknowledgments 145 References 147 Index 151

About the Author

PIM VAN VLIET, PHD, is the Founder and fund manager of the multi-billion dollar Conservative Equity funds at Robeco. These low-risk funds are based on academic research and provide investors with a stable source of income from the stock market. Pim is a guest lecturer at several universities, the author of numerous financial publications and travels the world advocating low-volatility investing. JAN DE KONING, CFA, CAIA, CMT is an investment specialist for Robeco's quantitative equities strategies and conducts client and consultant meetings, speaks at conferences, and gives seminars on low-volatility investing. In the past, he published regular investment updates and was an investment advisor, portfolio manager and fiduciary manager for institutional investors.


"A must-read for all institutional investors looking to reap investment rewards in an ever-increasing tough economic environment." (Pensions Age, June 2017)

"'s a great edition to any stock market investors library."
(Stockopedia, June 2017)

"This cleverly defined set of arguments poses an interesting challenge for those who remain intent on chasing higher premiums."
(Investment Europe, March 2017)

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