Aggressive Investing: Proven Strategies for Bold Investors


249 pages
Contains Illustrations, Index
ISBN 0-13-929268-3
DDC 332.67'8




Reviewed by Patricia Morley

Patricia Morley is professor emerita of English and Canadian Studies at
Concordia University and an avid outdoor recreationist. She is also the
author of The Mountain Is Moving: Japanese Women’s Lives, Kurlek, and
Margaret Laurence: The Long Journey Hom


Canadian investment strategist Richard Croft writes for many financial
papers, including the Financial Times of Canada and Investment
Executive. He is also a public speaker on portfolio management and gives
courses to groups such as the Investment Dealers Association.

Aggressive Investing shares with individual investors the techniques
used by professional traders. Three of its four parts cover products,
tools, and strategies for the aggressive investor. The introduction
emphasizes that this advice is for high rollers: “It’s not for your
retirement money, your home savings program, your children’s college
education or your estate plan.”

Part 4, “Investment strategies for the aggressive investor,” which
takes up slightly more than half of the book, gives detailed
explanations of complex procedures such as leveraging, dollar-cost
averaging, close-out balance sheets, call and put options, the width of
trading bands, index tools, and index options.

Croft advises putting no more than 20 percent of investment assets in
an aggressive portfolio, and never forgetting that aggressive trading is
short-term. Aggressive Investing is not for the novice investor, nor for
the faint-hearted. Croft’s general guidelines and bold advice for
advanced players are complex but clear.


Croft, Richard., “Aggressive Investing: Proven Strategies for Bold Investors,” Canadian Book Review Annual Online, accessed June 14, 2024,