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Benjamin Graham and the Power of Growth Stocks: Lost Growth Stock Strategies from the Father of Value Investing Hardcover – Oct 24 2011


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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Clear, concise, usable Dec 22 2011
By Eric C. Sedensky - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I recently had the opportunity to read What Would Ben Graham Do Now?: A New Value Investing Playbook for a Global Age, a book that I did not find too interesting. So when faced with the opportunity to read and review a gratis copy of this book, I was a little hesitant. Once I started to read, however, I found my fears uncalled for. Where WWBGDN is vague, rambling and imprecise, Benjamin Graham and the Power of Growth Stocks is clear, concise, and infinitely usable.

Most investors by now are well familiar with the tenets of Benjamin Graham and his many disciples, which include a few pretty good investors, like Warren Buffet to name one. This book is particularly interesting because it revisits the investing philosophy of Mr. Graham with an angle toward using (I hesitate to say "specializing in") growth stocks. It then expounds on the most tangent of Mr. Graham's principles, and expands them in light of the modern investment environment. But what really makes this book a winner for me is the fact that it proposes and explains a tangible, executable formula and method for actually calculating the value of a growth stock and whether or not it is one that should be invested in. Too often we hear some investment advisor tell us, "This formula works, unless of course it doesn't". There is none of that here. You set the margin of safety where you are comfortable. You set the growth rate (called "hurdle rate" here) you need (or want) to achieve. You look up or calculate the values for the company you want to invest in. Then you apply Graham's formula. If the numbers match, great! You've found your stock. If they don't, you have to keep looking or change your expectations. The choices are always up to you. For a disciplined investor, I think this methodology is ideal. By constantly referring to Graham's teachings, the author has really reached an investment threshold that is understandable, achievable, and repeatable. The writing is crisp and friendly, and the style is homey without being corny or preachy. Above all, the author has a solid understanding of the investment principles of Ben Graham, and he has the experience of using them, and succeeding with them, over a statistically significant period of time. Without a doubt, Ben Graham's growth stock approach is sensible, making this book probably the best investment book I've read this year. I can only give it the highest possible marks.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
High Praise Jan. 25 2012
By Robert Mackenzie - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
As a self-taught investor I have read about 15 books on investing for the long-term, from Graham to Fisher to Buffet, and I think "Benjamin Graham and the Power of Growth Stocks" absolutely belongs on every long-term growth investor's bookshelf; better yet, on his desk. I highly recommend this book for those who are new to the game, long-term growth investors and anyone who wants to learn how to find the intrinsic value of a company's stock price. The knowledge you will gain will save you years researching and scouring other books looking for the information presented here.

Picking good companies to invest in can be arduous, but this book can simplify the process by showing you how to use Graham's formula to calculate the ones to eliminate and the ones to buy with a Margin of Safety. In fact, I believe that Ben himself would be proud of the methodologies laid out in this book.

I recommend "Benjamin Graham and the Power of Growth Stocks" to any individual or professional investor with long-term investment goals. You will walk away with a better understanding of Mr. Market and how to invest for the long term.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Ben Graham Revisited Nov. 2 2012
By superduper - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Although I am a follower of Graham and usually look for value stocks, I was always puzzled by the great opportunities that I missed in the past by refusing to pay a fair price for a growth company. Later, reading about Peter Lynch's successes, I tried to juxtapose his approach to Ben Graham's recommendations for buying growth stocks. Finally, this book sheds some light on this much forgottten Ben Graham's technique to growth stocks valuation. I believe Warren buffett's purchase of Coca-Cola in 1995 had conformed to the same approach.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Worth the time to read Jan. 14 2012
By D. Simons - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I met Fred Martin and his team a year ago and was impressed by their investment process, focus on the long term and capacity constraint mindset.
As became apparent during that meeting, they understood that growth stock investing does not mean neglecting valuation, quite the contrary, it makes them very disciplined. In this book Fred reveals which key criteria a company must meet to be considered for investing, while also revealing his valuation framework, using a formula first published by Graham in 1962.
Worth a read for the serious investor who can spend hours a week analyzing companies/stocks - as such it is probably especially worthwhile for his asset management peers.
Must read June 20 2013
By CW209 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Very simple to understand and covers the basics of buying growth stocks. The formulas clearly express the value of researching stocks before purchase.


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