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The Future is Small

Why AIM will be the world's best market beyond the credit boom

By Gervais Williams

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About the Author

Gervais Williams

Gervais Williams is an award-winning equity fund manager. As a professional investor, he has exceptional credentials. He received Grant Thornton's Quoted Companies' Award Investor of the Year in both 2009 and 2010; then in 2012 his Diverse Income Trust was recognised as the Best New Investment Trust by the Association of Investment Companies. He was also What Investment's Fund Manager of the Year ... Read more on Gervais Williams

Contents Listing

Foreword by Luke Johnson
Acknowledgements
Illustrations

1. An Age of Confusion
2. How Bigness Came to Dominate
3. Unsettling Challenges for the Status Quo
4. Exploring Value, Growth and Smallness
5. How AIM is Aligned with Smallness
6. Smallness in Action
7. How to Invest on AIM
8. Capital in Context

Bibliography
Index
Foreword by Luke Johnson
Acknowledgements
Illustrations

1. An Age of Confusion
2. How Bigness Came to Dominate
3. Unsettling Challenges for the Status Quo
4. Exploring Value, Growth and Smallness
5. How AIM is Aligned with Smallness
6. Smallness in Action
7. How to Invest on AIM
8. Capital in Context

Bibliography
Index

Jacket Text

In a financial world dominated by gigantism, the beauty of smallness hasn't had much of a look in. Yet beyond the credit boom, globalisation has been found wanting, with growth hard to find. Could it be that small firms are set to be the stock market outperformers of the future?

This book confounds the current 'big is better' consensus, with Gervais Williams' extraordinary data showing why smallness offers an effective path for investors beyond the financial crisis.

But this book is about so much more than just the case for small being beautiful. It also explains why the unique characteristics of AIM - the UK market for smaller, growing companies - will be a place of extraordinary vitality in the coming years.

Professional Reviews

"I heartily recommend this volume to any reader who is willing to decide for themselves how to deploy their savings." - Luke Johnson, Chairman, Risk Capital Partners

"I would encourage you to read The Future is Small for many reasons - remembering that the FTSE 250 has tended to outperform the FTSE 100, that small caps are under researched and suffer the greatest valuation inefficiencies, and being aware of the small company effect. The latter effect simply states that the smaller the company, generally the better the performance." - Zak Muir, Spreadbet Magazine

"...what makes Gervais really quite fascinating is that Gervais obviously thinks big. He's interested in fixing big problems, that impact all of us at the national level, and help produce nasty surprises within our investment portfolios...In his new book, The Future is Small, Gervais picks up many of the ideas from that first book [Slow Finance], but makes two bold claims, one of which I think is spot on..." - David Stevenson, FT Columnist, editor of Portfolio Review and consultant

"This seems as good a time as any to mention - indeed to recommend as a stocking-filler - a new book called The Future is Small*, which is written by one of the City's most respected fund managers, Gervais Williams...he produces some stunning statistics to back up his case." - Anthony Hilton, Evening Standard

"It's a fascinating read for anyone keen to exploit the investment potential of the UK's thriving small business environment." - Faith Glasgow, Money Observer

"A 'Must read' for any serious investor looking for a well argued contrarian investment view." - A PLC CFO

"A highly readable book that makes a convincing case, doesnâ??t take more than an afternoon to read in detail, and provides a real call to action for investors. Itâ??s a book Iâ??ll get out again in the future." - Swen Lorenz, Master Investor

Comments on Amazon:

"Vital reading for investors AND managers of AIM companies. Government policy makers should also take note. This is about the real drivers of the economy." - Brian B

"This is a very interesting and an extremely easy read. Anyone that is interested in exploring the option of investing in UK smaller companies should make this their number 1 read..." - Mark J

"This is a well thought out book, that builds an argument based on empirical information. It has changed the way I think about my portfolio, and how I will research my investments in the future. Well worth a read!" - Oz H

"What I particularly liked is that the book covers a wide range of the financial management subjects which affect most individuals at various times of their lives. Also it is written in language that makes finance as straightforward as possible to understand...Most useful of all is the final chapter which explains 10 Common Investing Mistakes â?? essential reading for all of us!" - SixtyPlusSurfers


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Media Coverage

Investment Week

Gervais Williams is an excellent investor. Over the last few decades, in various perches at big houses, Miton?s managing director has made his investors a great deal of money.

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The Sunday Times: Book Extract

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SpreadBet Magazine

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Proactive Investors

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Angel News

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Every Investor

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4-Traders

MANAGING director of Miton Group, Gervais Williams' new book may be called The Future Is Small but the crowd at its launch last night was anything but. A 300-strong throng of Miton's employees, ...

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What Investment

It?s no great surprise to hear Gervais Williams, long a champion of smaller company investing, extol the benefits of the Alternative Investment Market (AIM), the London Stock Exchange?s purpose-built ...

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Evening Standard

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Herald Scotland

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Invstment & Pensions Europe

Europe faces the spectre of deflation, and the European Central Bank (ECB) seems set to be as active as possible in preventing it from taking hold, while its smaller companies remain deeply ...

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Master Investor

One of the great advantages of working for Master Investor is that you get to personally meet an incredible array of high profile experts and investors ? most notably at our yearly Master Investor ...

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Director's Talk Interviews

This morning Elegant Hotels Group plc LON:EHG announced that The Diverse Income Trust Plc LON:DIVI bought 3,240,544 Ordinary Shares or 3.65% in the Hotel Group.

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The Daily Reckoning

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