By Peter L. Bernstein
''A lot has occurred within the monetary markets considering that 1992, whilst Peter Bernstein wrote his seminal Capital rules. fortunately, Peter has taken up his facile pen back to explain those adjustments, a digital revolution within the perform of making an investment that is based seriously on complicated arithmetic, derivatives, hedging, and hyperactive buying and selling. This nice and eminently readable ebook is not going to be exceeded because the definitive chronicle of a really historical era.''
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5 percent and turnover rates over 100 percent that incurred significant transactions costs probably go a long way to account for the performance shortfall. To make matters even worse, the results do not include the impact of any load charges on purchase or capital gains taxes from realized profits. These results, dismal as they may be, tend to understate the dismal track record, because they ref lect the performance of only those funds that survived during the period under study. If we were able to include all the funds that went out of business because of bad performance during those years, the degree of underperfomance would have been even worse than the data provided here.
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