The Best-Kept Secrets of Canada’s Smartest Investors; Market Masters


There is nothing like Market Masters for the Canadian “Do it Yourself” (DIY) investor. Before I wrote the book, I would browse the Business / Investing bookshelves at my local Indigo, Chapters, and Coles book stores and only find investing books written by Americans for Americans. Sure, there are lots of Canadian books on personal finance, budgeting, saving, how to get started investing, mutual funds, etc. but those do not count. Especially any book that promises “sleep easy investing”… (*yawn*) or that teaches “investing for dummies”. I’m talking about Canadian books on good old stock picking. There was nothing.

That’s why I wrote Market Masters.

I wanted to create a go-to manual for Canadian DIY investors, featuring the top investors from across the country, their stock picking strategies, spanning different investing styles, and packing it all into 600 pages.

So, I started on the book-writing journey. I wrote the first draft of Market Masters in 2015, drawing material from my interviews with 28 top Canadian investors, and then shopping the manuscript around to ~50 publishers. They all rejected Market Masters. Most rejection emails were automated. But some were typed up by someone at the respective publishing house. For example, one editor flat out said, “Your book won’t sell”. Another explained that “People would rather read this type of content in magazines”. It wasn’t until I sent the manuscript to ECW Press that Market Masters found a home. The publisher’s founder, Jack David, saw the potential in Market Masters. He believed in me, my book, and the value it would bring to DIY investors across the country. There truly wasn’t anything like it. Fast forward to today, Market Masters was released nationwide, in stores and online, in February ’16, and then two months later, became both a Globe and Mail and Toronto Star National Bestseller. It’s been read by thousands of DIY investors across the country. And it’s quickly becoming one of the most popular Canadian investing books of all time.

Here’s what one reader said about Market Masters: “While America has a healthy supply of financial authors, Canada’s under covered market is lucky to have someone like Robin Speziale. Just as Jack Schwager authored multiple editions in his Market Wizard series, so too should Robin with a Market Masters series”.  Another reader said: “This book is the best investment I ever made! I am on my second reading. Lots of great ideas concerning how to invest in the market. Diverse opinions and lots of examples. It was interesting to read how these Marketing Masters go about choosing the stocks they do.”

Since the release of Market Masters, there’s been lots written about the book, including Will Ashworth’s (Motley Fool) wonderful write-ups of some of the top investors featured in my book. Will took a liking to Market Masters after picking it up from his local library. In his articles, he summarizes his favourite investors’ concepts and then in some cases makes stock recommendations of his own based on their investment frameworks.

Check out Will Ashworth’s articles:

I hope that you enjoy Market Masters. I think you’ll gain an edge in the market after you read it if you haven’t done so already. Before you purchase the book you can read a sample here for free.


Robin Speziale is the national bestselling author of Market Masters, which is available at Chapters, Indigo, and Coles as well as Costco and He lives in Toronto, Ontario. Learn more about Market Masters.


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