Senior Editor at Chicago Review Press
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Yuval Taylor is a writer and editor of non-fiction books about literature, performance, and music. In his spare time he invests, primarily in microcaps; investigates investment conundrums; and writes about his investigations on the site more


How To Be A Great Investor, Part Four: Compare Effectively
Using data, backtesting it, discovering properties and relationships, looking for causal factors—that is the best way to compare effectively.
How To Be A Great Investor, Part Three: Properly Assess Strategy
Every business has a strategy, a plan for beating its competitors. It’s a good idea for an investor to assess that strategy before investing in the company. But doing so is complicated.
Thirteen Rules For Winning The Investing Game
For me, the key to successful investing is to approach it like you would a game—a deadly serious game, but still a game.
How To Be A Great Investor, Part Two: Understand Value
Once you have figured out the intrinsic value of a company, you subtract its debt, preferred stock, and non-controlling interest, add its cash, and then divide that by the number of fully diluted shares. It’s really that simple.
How To Be A Great Investor: Be Numerate
Numeracy enables you to question established orthodoxy, whether that’s the price that the market assigns to a stock or a theory whose reasoning is flawed. And that is perhaps its most valuable function.
Why Refinancing Your Mortgage At A Lower Rate May Be A Bad Idea
The idea behind refinancing with a lower rate is to reduce your interest payments. That’s what a lower rate implies, and that’s how the mortgage companies package their offers. But that’s not what actually happens.


ATTO Atento S.A.
AUDC AudioCodes Ltd.
BFR BBVA Banco Frances S.A.
BMA Banco Macro S.A.
BOCH Bank of Commerce Holdings (CA)
BPOP Popular Inc.
BVX Bovie Medical Corporation
CTG Computer Task Group, Incorporated
DAC Danaos Corporation
EIGI Endurance International Group Holdings, Inc.
FAC First Acceptance Corporation
FONR Fonar Corporation
FWP Forward Pharma A/S
GSB GlobalSCAPE, Inc
HALL Hallmark Financial Services Inc.
IM Ingram Micro Inc.
INTT inTest Corporation
IRMD IRadimed Corporation
MCHX Marchex, Inc.
NRIM Northrim BanCorp Inc
NWY New York & Company Inc.
ORBK Orbotech Ltd.
ORN Orion Marine Group Inc.
PBH Prestige Brands Holdings Inc.
PBIB Porter Bancorp Inc.
PCOM Points International Ltd.
PFSW PFSweb Inc.
PTN Palatin Technologies, Inc
RCKY Rocky Brands Inc.
RCMT RCM Technologies Inc.
RICK Rick's Cabaret International Inc.
TARO Taro Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd.
TOWR Tower International Inc.
TRIB Trinity Biotech PLC
TZOO Travelzoo Inc
UWN Nevada Gold & Casinos, Inc
VIRC Virco Manufacturing Corporation
WSTL Westell Technologies Inc.
XOXO XO Group Inc.
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Senior Editor
Chicago Review Press
January 1997 - Present (23 years)


Bloomington High School North
1977 / 1981


Faking It: The Quest for Authenticity in Popular Music
Yuval Taylor & Hugh Barker
W. W. Norton & Company; First Edition

Did Elvis sing from the heart, or was he just acting? Were the Sex Pistols more real than disco? Why do so many musicians base their approach on being authentic, and why do music buffs fall for it every time? By investigating this obsession in the last century through the stories of John Lennon, Kurt Cobain, Jimmie Rodgers, Donna Summer, Leadbelly, Neil Young, Moby, and others, Faking It rethinks what makes popular music work. Along the way, the authors discuss the segregation of music in the South, investigate the predominance of self-absorption in modern pop, reassess the rebellious ridiculousness of rockabilly and disco, and delineate how the quest for authenticity has not only made some music great and some music terrible but also shaped in a fundamental way the development of popular music in our time.

Growing Up in Slavery: Stories of Young Slaves as Told by Themselves
Yuval Taylor
Perfection Learning

Ten slaves-all under the age of 19-tell stories of enslavement, brutality, and dreams of freedom in this collection culled from full-length autobiographies. These accounts, selected to help teenagers relate to the horrific experiences of slaves their own age living in the not-so-distant past, include stories of young slaves torn from their mothers and families, suffering from starvation, and being whipped and tortured. But these are not all tales of deprivation and violence; teenagers will relate to accounts of slaves challenging authority, playing games, telling jokes, and falling in love. These stories cover the range of the slave experience, from the passage in slave ships across the Atlantic-and daily life as a slave both on large plantations and in small-city dwellings-to escaping slavery and fighting in the Civil War. The writings of Olaudah Equiano, Frederick Douglass, William Wells Brown, Harriet Jacobs, Elizabeth Keckley, and other lesser-known slaves are included.