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In The Little Book of Sideways Markets, Investment Manager Vitaliy Katsenelson makes the case that a long term buy-and-hold approach is a way of the past; buy-and-sell is the new strategy for investors looking to gain sufficient returns over time.

Katenelson is not a day-trading speculator. He’s a value investor who is advocating the importance of seriously assessing when to sell a stock – a topic which too few value investors have ventured to discuss in-depth.

Buy and Sell is the New Buy and Hold

Katenelson makes a strong point for why a disciplined sell strategy needs to be a vital part of any investor’s portfolio management.

By analyzing historical market-valuation rates and the current state of the global economy, Katenelson claims cyclical bull-markets will continually be succeeded by cyclical bear-markets: ending in long term sideways markets.

In these environments, “A proper sell discipline will make the difference between great or mediocre returns for even the best-crafted buy decisions.”

Quality, Value, and Growth

Don’t misunderstand, The Little Book of Sideways Markets is not all about selling. The book focuses a great deal on the importance of buying high-quality, growth companies at large margins of safety – what he calls QVG (Quality, Value, and Growth.)

Value Investing principles are littered throughout the text.

The Little Book of Sideways Markets

Katenelson’s humorous use of analogies turns a topic that can be gruelingly tedious into an enjoyable and easy-to-follow read.

For example, his story of Tevye – a farmer trying to determine which cow at the auction will produce the most profit – brilliantly explains to concept of discounted cash flow and the importance of investing with a margin of safety.

Individual investors at any level will find The Little Book of Sideways Markets thought provoking and informative. Whether it’s the 1st or 101st investing book you read, you’ll be educated and entertained.

Mitchell Mauer is the Founder of TheStockMarketBlueprint.com. The Stock Market Blueprint is a site that finds value stocks for investors building long-term wealth. The site’s investment philosophy is anchored in principles established by Benjamin Graham and his most reputable followers over the last 100 years.