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Book Details

Price:$24.95 USA  $32.45 Canada

Pages: 256 
ISBN: 978-0-9778018-2-4 
Publisher: Nautilus Press 
Pub. Date: July 2009 
Category: Personal Finance 
Binding: Hardcover with Jacket

About The Book

In the immortal words of Albert Einstein, "compounding is the most powerful force in the universe." In this valuable work, The Power Curve: Smart Investing Using Dividends, Options, and the Magic of Compounding, professional money manager Scott Kyle explains in entertaining and understandable terms how to tap into this ultimate strength to improve your stock market returns. Kyle describes how to construct a portfolio, analyze companies, and value equities - all with the goal of giving you the tools to become a great trader and investor. A successful money manager himself, Kyle takes the mystery out of options trading with real-life examples and direct, readable prose in this practical guide from which you can immediately profit.


From the fundamental to the technical to the psychological, Kyle covers everything the beginning investor needs to know to avoid common investment pitfalls and provides advanced trading techniques that will help improve performance of even the most experienced traders. In addition, The Power Curve contains over 60 charts and diagrams, and over 25 Power Tips™ designed to effectively illustrate financial concepts. By implementing just one of the techniques outlined, the book can pay for itself many times over. For anyone looking to improve their investment returns or learn tricks of the trade, this book is a must read!



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About The Author

The Power Curve author Scott Kyle serves as CEO and Chief Investment Officer for Coastwise Capital Group, LLC – a boutique money management firm specializing in separate accounts for high net worth individuals, families, and institutions worldwide. Coastwise offers customized portfolios which are carefully tailored to meet each client's current and evolving needs. Various account types include individual, retirement, trust, organization accounts, and 529 plans. Coastwise utilizes a combination of stocks, options, ETFs, and bonds to achieve each client's individual financial goals.


Investing in public and private companies for over 20 years, Kyle has executed billions of dollars in securities trades/investments. Mr. Kyle has used options strategies to hedge equity positions and generate income for over a decade, while developing proprietary trading/investing models and techniques.


Mr. Kyle cofounded and was a principal source of early stage investment funding for the publicly traded The Active Network, Inc., (ACTV), named for three consecutive years one of the fastest growing companies in North America by Inc. Magazine and for four years one of the fastest growing companies in North America by Deloitte & Touche (Fast 500). Mr. Kyle served as CFO and a member of the Board of Directors for Active from its founding in 1998 until 2002. Today, Active has over 3,000 employees worldwide.

In 1997, Mr. Kyle purchased an interest in and became CEO/Publisher of Triathlon Group North America, LLC, the parent company to the world's largest triathlon publication, Triathlete Magazine. Post acquisition, Mr. Kyle led a team for the subsequent year which returned the magazine to profitability. Mr. Kyle served on the company's Board of Directors until November 2003 when he sold his interest.

From 1993 - 1997, Mr. Kyle was the Publisher at Dearborn Trade and the Director of Dearborn's International Division. As Publisher, Mr. Kyle was responsible for managing a group of over 60 people and a budget in excess of $5 million in sales. Mr. Kyle served on the parent company's Board of Directors from 1996 until the company was sold to the publicly traded Washington Post Company for over $36 million in 1998.

From 1989 - 1991, Mr. Kyle was a Financial Analyst at Chemical Bank (now JP Morgan/Chase) where he conducted analysis and due diligence on Fortune 1000 Companies.

Mr. Kyle holds Bachelor's degrees in Economics and International Relations from Tufts University (Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa), a General Course Degree in International Relations from the London School of Economics, and an MBA from Harvard University. Mr. Kyle is a two-time world and nine-time national champion in sailing, an Ironman triathlon finisher, and a third-degree black belt in Shaolin Kempo. He lives with his family in La Jolla, California, has served on the Board of Directors for over fifteen companies and non-profit organizations, acts as the Treasurer for The Children's School, and is an avid art collector.


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Wow! How refreshing to read a book by a professional money manager that offers true insights to what it takes to have a sound investment management process. My hat is off to Scott Kyle for presenting an investment strategy that is definable, measurable, repeatable and without emotion! This book offers an independent, objective, and unbiased approach to managing money the right way. The Power Curve offers a complete roadmap to beating the market that should be required reading for every professional and amateur looking to get in the game. Investors are tired of the 'buy and hold/ long only' approach and want a professional manager who can think outside the Morningstar Box! This book defines that approach and will help investor - both professionals and amateurs - navigate this trading range environment we are going to be in for the foreseeable future. This book will be by my side always as a guide to managing money - not just a one and done read.

Michael Steelman

Director, Bank of America

A powerful read that entertains as it teaches. Scott Kyle has a talent for taking complex investment strategies and bringing them down to earth. For those who have always wanted to know, step by step, how to potentially enhance returns by combining powerful options techniques with high quality dividend paying stocks, this is your lucky day. Keep this book on a shelf within easy reach.

Sam Kerner

Portfolio Manager, Franklin Advisory Services, LLC

Scott Kyle has made a clear and compelling case for the value and benefit of active management and disciplined decision-making in investing. The Power Curve is a valuable guide for high net worth investors and active traders.

Esther Stearns

President and COO, LPL Financial

As a broker, it is refreshing to read Scott's candor as it relates to our industry and its significant flaws. If you're an active trader trying to make money in this environment, this book shouldn't be on your shelf, it should be open on your desk!

Ryan Clive-Smith

Business Development, Smith Barney

If you invest in stocks, read this book. Scott has delivered no-nonsense, practical and easy to understand tools for any investor. As Scott teaches in the book, options and dividends are powerful tools all investors should understand.

Jon Sundt

President, Altegris Investments

Scott Kyle's book, The Power Curve: Smart Investing Using Dividends, Options, and the Magic of Compounding was, for me, a compelling and very satisfying book on a complex subject. I was surprised at how much useful information was contained in a mere 250 pages! I have read a number of books and articles on investing. Kyle's use of timely examples, graphics and straightforward style was very helpful. I learned more from his book than all the others I have read combined.

Hudson B Drake

President (retired), Teledyne Aerospace and Electronics, Los Angeles

The Power Curve is an excellent read for investors who have the desire and ability to take their portfolio management to the next level by leveraging dividends and options strategies to balance income, capital gains and risk control. Perhaps even more valuable, the book succinctly identifies the factors that cause most investors to underperform the market, and gives no-nonsense advice on how to eliminate common money-losing behaviors. Throughout the book, Scott Kyle uses his hard-won experience in investing as well as other pursuits to tell a story which ties the concepts together and makes for an enjoyable and informative read.

Mark Sottosanti

Grunion Capital Management LLC, San Diego

An enjoyable and insightful look into the mind of a model investor. Company examples, as well as sport analogies, allow novice and sophisticated investors alike to better understand the practical ways in which dividends and options can be used to build a strong value-driven portfolio.

Patrick Fischer

Bank of New York Mellon, San Francisco

All of us want to accumulate wealth, achieve the highest possible returns while minimizing our risks. In reading Scott Kyle's new book, The Power Curve, you will find an extremely efficient and proven approach to growing your financial portfolio while also being inspired to apply the same methodology to your everyday life. Scott's message comes from over 25 years as a financial planner and world class athlete; take control of your financial future by applying his investment strategies and eliminate the "noise" that often causes us to get off track. This book is a must for anyone desiring to build wealth and fulfill lifelong dreams.

Greg Velasquez

Single Net Properties

As a Retirement Specialist, it is increasingly more important to educate my clients on how to best position their assets in this new economy. With that said, The Power Curve provides some timely concepts and strategies that all investors need to learn from and consider for their own portfolio. Utilizing options and taking advantage of the power of compounding are just some of the key strategies that the book highlights. After all, it was Albert Einstein himself who claimed that “the power of compounding is the most powerful force in the universe.” The Power Curve is a must read. Between company pensions having gone the way of the dinosaurs and with the most recent financial downturn, the best opportunity we all have to rebuild our retirement portfolio is to better educate ourselves. The Power Curve sheds light on key financial concepts and techniques that every investor should clearly understand. The Power Curve is the new field guide for getting back into the market wisely.

Kevin Berenzweig

Vice President, Retirement Strategies Group

A valuable book for anyone searching for a better understanding of the financial markets and winning strategies after a challenging 2008. Scott Kyle interweaves lessons from his passion for sailing to make complex investment concepts understandable. He describes the importance of dividends and compounding in a clear and readable book.

Duncan Evered

Private Investor

This was a very good and interesting read. While the novice investor can gain from the chapter on dividends, the experienced investor can certainly learn a lot about how to use options sensibly. Scott explains how options can be employed profitably.

Axel Krohne

CFA, Krohne Capital

For any investor that is tired of being misguided by brokers and so-called financial consultants, The Power Curve is mandatory reading. In this valuable work, Kyle presents all of the core concepts and terminology, thereby enabling individuals to act responsibly unto themselves. He then goes one step further by providing a common-sense creative edge that gives the reader the tools to not only maximize their personal efforts, but to also converse intelligently with the most savvy of investors and money managers. It should be the Bible of every investing course, and required reading for anyone that seeks to protect and grow their assets.

Leonard Gross

Hedge Fund Manager, New York City

Scott's book hits the nail on the head! This direct, succinct, no holds barred look into investing should be a 'must read' for anyone looking to invest beyond mutual funds. His concise and clear explanations of company analysis and some sophisticated option strategies seem obvious as you read through the well-written pages. I have found myself referring back to his book for clarity on these concepts as they are complex and his explanations are simple and clear. Scott is a talented writer, sportsman and businessman, certainly a man from whom most of us can learn a lot. In this book, he shares his thoughts on the world of investing and I recommend anyone seize the opportunity to read it.

Kevin Barrett

CPA, CFP, Barrett Financial Strategies, Inc.

Scott Kyle has done an excellent job of tying together the attributes of the 'hidden' sources of wealth, specifically options and dividends - and emphasizing how the compound returns from activities other than simply owning shares of stock make a portfolio a powerful generator of income and inflation hedge. Scott has combined several disciplines in a very creative manner, and I think that anyone interested in finding ways to better manage their portfolios will find this book very informative.

Michael C. Thomsett


It is a well-known fact that the majority of individual and institutional investors will fail to outperform the market over the long-term. I firmly believe that this is due to inferior knowledge base and the wrong psychological approach to the market. Scott Kyle's The Power Curve will help investors deal with both of these issues. The book is full of valuable information that will make every type and level of investor much better. The option education, analysis and trading section alone is well worth the price of the book. With the superior knowledge gained from this book, investors will be well on the way to market out performance.

Alex Dvorkin

Dvorkin Investments, LP

The Power Curve is a must read book for any and all high net worth individual investors looking for a firm and or money manager to manage their hard earned dollars. The book provides the reader with the necessary tools to thoroughly question and test any money manager's competencies, investment strategies and level of financial literacy.

Dave Graham

Managing Partner, Arizon Bay, LLC

The Power Curve is fantastic and I have had a hard time putting it down. I wish my business school professors, Shearson Lehman Brothers Training Program V.P.s, and Wall Street mentors had a fraction of Scott's ability to simplify the most complex concepts.

Keith Saxe

Director, TAC Financial

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