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Manias, Panics, and Crashes: A History of Financial Crises, 4th Edition
Manias, Panics, and Crashes: A History of Financial Crises, 4th Edition
by Charles P. Kindleberger
Edition: Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars extremely valuable and informative, though incomplete, May 2 2004
for the economist in me, i resent the fact that the author didn't include the relevant quant / charts of the macroecon factors that precipitated the various extreme situations he describes. having said that, this book does describe the aforementioned factors, as well as detailed accounts of precipitiating factors, outcomes and, sadly, reoccurrences.
if one had read this book prior to 99, one would have profited from the nasdaq meltdown. ---if that's not an endorsement, i don't know what is.

Technical Analysis of the Financial Markets: A Comprehensive Guide to Trading Methods and Applications
Technical Analysis of the Financial Markets: A Comprehensive Guide to Trading Methods and Applications
by John J. Murphy
Edition: Hardcover
Price: CDN$ 65.84
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5.0 out of 5 stars comprehensive, May 2 2004
thorough and complete, the reader is left believing that upon completion they have seen and learned all there is to be known about charting.
a bible of technical analysis (if you're a believer). i cannot recommend it highly enough.

Common Stocks and Uncommon Profits and Other Writings
Common Stocks and Uncommon Profits and Other Writings
by Philip A. Fisher
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 17.32
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars quite a few nuggets, but impractical at times, May 2 2004
when "scuttlebutt" is one of the leading litmus tests before investing, you're dealing w/ a program that is impractical for average individual investors. but the book is quite valuable for its focus on long run investing, its 15 rules for investors (and moreso, the rules for investors to NOT follow), and its stress on conservatism in practice is very helpful.
ultimately, this book is less about security selection than it is in investing philosophy---which it excels at. that's why buffett loved it, and you may too.

The Intelligent Investor: The Definitive Book on Value Investing
The Intelligent Investor: The Definitive Book on Value Investing
by Benjamin Graham
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 17.87
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars one of, if not the best, equity investment book, May 2 2004
this is buffets' bible for good reason.
the book's central concept, the margin of safety, is reinforced time and again w/ supporting ratios and working examples, both from the 60-70s and from zweig's excellent supplements (an extremely valuable supplement to the original text, if for no other reason than to show that graham's teachings are timeless). while occasionally ratios will appear dated and no longer relevant (i.e. book value's importance has declined w/ the transition of the US eq mkt to increasing intellectual capital in a company's mkt cap), its discipline, focus and litmus tests (i.e. bond yields vs E/P ratios) still remain valid.
for the individual investor, there simply is no better book.

Security Analysis: The Classic 1940 Edition
Security Analysis: The Classic 1940 Edition
by Benjamin Graham
Edition: Hardcover
Price: CDN$ 46.36
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3.0 out of 5 stars good, but not graham's best work, May 2 2004
yes, this book is worth owning; its focus on fixed and preferred securities is detailed and thorough, but may be a bit too much for equity investors. however, the book does appear dated as it is given its focus on railroad and utility securities. its practical wisdom is obscured by detail on topics no longer relevant in today's day & age---"intelligent investor" is much more timeless in this regard, and is the preferred graham book if you're only getting one.
but no serious investor should be w/o this in his/ her library.

Financial Statement Analysis: A Practitioner's Guide
Financial Statement Analysis: A Practitioner's Guide
by Martin S. Fridson
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 83.19
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4.0 out of 5 stars excellent analyst-level text, May 2 2004
in all likelihood, average investors will not get much out of this book, as average investors don't pore over 10-ks, annual reports and conduct industry analysis prior to investing (which they should!). but for those above average investors who do (read: intelligent investors, per ben graham), this book is an excellent read.
2/3 of the book deals w/ alterting the investor to some of the areas where company mgmt can play games w/ the #s in order to goose the stock price. the examples were helpful, but the insights were not exactly earth shattering for experienced investors.
however, the last 1/3 of the book, on forecasts & security analysis, is worth the price of the book. in 100pgs, you get an MBA-level text on security / credit / financial statement analysis, complete w/ ratio definitions, caveats(!), and applicability. excellent stuff for the beginning or experienced analyst, and i will doubtless refer to the last 1/3 time and again.

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