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Ian is a full-time microcap investor. He is the founder of MicroCapClub, CIO of Intelligent Fanatics Capital Management, and co-founder of Ian started investing as a teenager and learned from losing his money over and over again.
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The Bonanza King
John Mackay and the Battle over the Greatest Riches in the American West
Gregory Crouch - 2019-06-04 (first published in 2018)
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“A monumentally researched biography of one of the nineteenth century’s wealthiest self-made Americans…Well-written and worthwhile” (The Wall Street Journal) it’s the rags-to-riches frontier tale of an Irish immigrant who outwits, outworks, and outmaneuvers thousands of rivals to take control of Nevada’s Comstock Lode.Born in 1831, John W. Mackay w...
Ian Cassel
A great book: In 1872, right before he hit the big bonanza, Mackay warned his wife that the Consolidated Virginia could easily consume all of their money. His wife asked what would happen if it did. Mackay replied, “We’ll go broke and start over.”      source
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Driven to Succeed
How Frank Hasenfratz Grew Linamar from Guelph to Global
Rod McQueen, Susan M. Papp - 2012-10-20
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Frank Hasenfratz grew up in Hungary learning to dodge bullets and avoid land mines during the Second World War. When the 1956 revolution erupted, he and his army unit joined the insurgents. After the revolution was crushed, he fled to Guelph, Ontario, where he gambled everything on a one-man operation making oil pumps for Ford. The company he found...
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Good book about the origins and founder of Linamar Corp $LNR.TO, $3b market cap. I love these lesser known founder books. #IntelligentFanatics H/T @canterbury_sid Book:      source
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The Emotionally Intelligent Investor
How self-awareness, empathy and intuition drive performance
Ravee Mehta - 2012-08-24
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The Emotionally Intelligent Investor challenges several long-held assumptions and beliefs, by asserting that a good investment approach starts with introspection. Too many investment gurus tell you to emulate their techniques despite the fact that you may have very different personality traits, motivations and biases. Would Shaquille O'Neal tell a ...
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This is a great book by @ravee_mehta "Every gain is an opportunity to overcome greed and overconfidence. Every loss is an opportunity to build resilience." - Dr. Brett Steenbarger Each decision is a chance to learn something valuable about myself.      source
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Confessions of a Stockbroker
Andrew A. Lanyi - 1992-08-27
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In amusing and entertaining style, one of the most successful brokers in Wall Street's history reveals his tics, secrets, and methods. His specialty: picking undervalued stocks about to experience explosive growth. In amusing and entertaining style, one of the most successful brokers in Wall Street's history reveals his tics, secrets, and methods. ...
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@smallstockfocus @MoneyandHonor That is a great book      source
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Killing the Market
Legendary Investor Robert W. Wilson
Roemer McPhee - 2016-05-14
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Robert W. Wilson is the greatest investor of all time, on the only criterion that counts: percentage return on capital. What you make with what you have, what you started out with. Wilson would be the first to point out that there are investors richer than himself; but on a percentage-return basis, he is unmatched, and untouched. He received $15,00...
Ian Cassel
This was an excellent book that profiled the legendary investor Robert Wilson, who famously turned a small inheritance of $15,000 into $800 million before giving it all away.      source
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The Great Beanie Baby Bubble
The Amazing Story of How America Lost Its Mind Over a Plush Toy--and the Eccentric Genius Behind It
Zac Bissonnette - 2016-03-15 (first published in 2014)
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In the annals of consumer crazes, nothing compares to Beanie Babies. With no advertising or big-box distribution, creator Ty Warner - an eccentric college dropout - become a billionaire in just three years. And it was all thanks to collectors. The end of the craze was just as swift and extremely devastating, with "rare" Beanie Babies deemed worthle...
Ian Cassel
One of my favorite books      source
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Matthew McConaughey - 2020-10-20
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From the Academy Award®–winning actor, an unconventional memoir filled with raucous stories, outlaw wisdom, and lessons learned the hard way about living with greater satisfaction I’ve been in this life for fifty years, been trying to work out its riddle for forty-two, and been keeping diaries of clues to that riddle for the last thirty-five. Notes...
Ian Cassel
Amazing book      source
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Sam Walton
Made in America
Sam Walton - 1992-05-01
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As Sam Walton himself said, this is "...a story about entrepreneurship, and risk, and hard work, and knowing where you want to go and being willing to do what it takes to get there. And it's a story about believing in your idea even when maybe some other folks don't, and about sticking to your guns." It's the story of how Walton parlayed a single d...
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@investing_city And probably the best book on entrepreneurship ever written      source
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100 Baggers
Stocks That Return 100-to-1 and How To Find Them
Christopher W Mayer - 2018-05-22 (first published in 2015)
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This book is about 100-baggers. These are stocks that return $100 for every $1 invested. That means a $10,000 investment turns into $1 million. Chris Mayer can help you find them. It sounds like an outrageous quest with a wildly improbable chance of success. But when Mayer studied 100-baggers of the past, definite patterns emerged. In 100-Baggers, ...
Ian Cassel
@BoyarValue @chriswmayer Agreed. He spoke at our event three years ago. An amazing book and Chris is a generous person.      source
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An Autobiography
Andre Agassi - 2010-08-10 (first published in 2009)
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#1 NATIONAL BESTSELLERFar more than a superb memoir about the highest levels of professional tennis, Open is the engrossing story of a remarkable life.Andre Agassi had his life mapped out for him before he left the crib. Groomed to be a tennis champion by his moody and demanding father, by the age of twenty-two Agassi had won the first of his eight...
Ian Cassel
Such an amazing book      source
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