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  • Hardcover: 658 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill; 5 edition (Jan. 1 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0566088967
  • ISBN-13: 978-0070132351
  • ASIN: 0070132356
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 5.1 x 15.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #554,197 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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It has been a while since I read this book... it is not for the novice or beginner and is very indepth... It is recommended by the likes of none other than Warren Buffet... that tells you something! (or it ought to!) It does take a fair amount of concentration to get into and is not a light read... it may be an old book, but it is a classic for investors... Very helpful and a must read if you are a "value" investor and want to really get into finding out what to look for in finding those value gems... However it is a long read and almost more a teaching book than a fun book to read... if you do get this book and give it a good read, you will be a better investor and much more prepared to take on the role of being a well-informed "self-investor"! Good luck with your investing journey! FS
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Beanster on April 14 2001
Format: Hardcover
At first glance, Security Analysis - one shy of 700 single spaced pages without a single picture other than a smiling Mr. Graham on the cover - appears not for the faint of heart. Inside, however, lies the single greatest book on investing ever written, which remains remarkably readable, insightful and timely nearly seven decades after its first edition. Graham, a successful investor in his own right, was also a highly effective and influential teacher (one of his students named Warren Buffett has done quite well), and his methods and language are refreshingly clear and (believe it or not) concise. The length of the book is due to the breadth of its content, not to any wordiness or unnecessary diversions.
Graham (and his collaborator Dodd) meticulously and methodically builds a framework for the analysis and decision-making necessary for truly good investment decisions. Step-by-step, they lay out a general approach and philosophy for investment (as quite distinct from mere speculation) followed by the systematic analysis of fixed income, convertible and equity securities (i.e., bonds, converts/preferreds, stocks); a detailed discussion of financial statements; and a description of certain underlying differences between the intrinsic value of a business and its fluctuating stock price. As a result, the reader emerges with a solid philosophy and approach for his or her own investments and the analytical tools to make actual buying and selling decisions.
This book is neither a get-rich-quick scheme nor an empty academic exercise. Graham does not set out to justify or theorize about the market. Instead, he sets out to counsel the student on the profitable investment in individual securities.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Feb. 19 2003
Format: Hardcover
Someone wrote reviews to this book indicating that the major downside to it is its age. The book was written in 1934 therefore it misses all the modern developments of finance - modern portfolio theory for example - and all the new techniques that Wall Street "experts" use today.
As an answer I give an anecdote from Warren Buffett's life:
When stock investments started to become popular, the volume increased ten fold, and the modern techniques to make a profit were developed, Warren Buffet was extremely worried. He remembered what happened in 1929. He loathed the new trends in investment that tried to predict the future price of a stock. Therefore he had a meeting with all his fellow Graham students, he expressly forbid to bring anything newer than the 1934 edition of Security Analysis.
This happened decades ago, but history repeats. We all know what happened 3 years ago. We all know how "experts" thought that the market was booming, and how they let it crash. We all know how they made a profit on the money that private investors lost.
Nowadays when I go shopping for a book I always look at the date of pubblication, if it is between 1997 and 2000 I'm very wary. All those books about "new economy", "digital era", "e-commerce", "dot coms", etc. have to be taken with the maximum attention. Usually they contain a lot of inflated ideas that as we look at what happened after they were written we understand how much those "experts" really understand about stock investments.
If they were wrong then, why should they be righ now?
Trust me, but more importantly, trust Graham, trust Buffett, (those that have been consistently right for 50 years) this is the book to buy, "anything newer looks suspicious."
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Oct. 5 2003
Format: Hardcover
In a moment of confusion, I bought the so-called "fifth edition" of Security Analysis ... what a scam! This almost unreadable text may be more "up to date" than the 1934 or 1940 editions, but it completely lacks the beautifully elegant prose of the original.
The "fifth edition" is just another fat and overpriced textbook, taking advantage of the Graham and Dodd brand to sell a quite unrelated product. By all means, buy the classic written by the original authors (1934, 1940 editions), but stay away from this "fifth edition." It's really the "first edition" of something quite different and not very impressive.
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Format: Hardcover
A book that has been continuously in print for nearly 70 years obviously has timeless relevance. The principles of value investing, spelled out for the first time in Security Analysis by Benjamin Graham and David L. Dodd, have made fortunes for investors since it was first published in 1934. For example, Warren Buffett calls this book his Bible. Much has changed on Wall Street since the 1930s, but the concept of buying undervalued companies has not. In addition to its lucid explanation of investment basics, the book is a fascinating picture of a time when the lessons of the Great Depression were still being absorbed. The Securities Act of 1933 had just changed the rules of financial disclosure, and most public companies were manufacturers, mines, railroads or utilities - not the makeup of today's blue-chip portfolio. We recommend this book to serious investors who want to cut through modern Wall Street jargon, and to students of financial history.
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