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5.0 out of 5 stars Benjamin Graham Investing Classic
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...
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1.0 out of 5 stars ripping off graham and dodd
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...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Benjamin Graham Investing Classic, March 10 2013
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars The one book every serious investor should read, April 14 2001
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. Security Analysis contains dozens of case studies and lessons that are just as relevant today as in the post-1929 aftermath, including particularly misleading technical analyses, dangerous justifications for the valuations placed on hot new companies and the dilutive effects of stock options. As other reviewers have noted, Graham has been a towering figure in Finance, influencing Warren Buffett and countless other successful investors, and yet the lessons contained in this book are repeatedly ignored by far greater numbers of individuals and professional investors. The methodologies and rationale for justifying dot-com and telecom valuations in recent years, for example, are strikingly similar to the new stock issues Wall Street marketed (and people bought) just as eagerly in the late 1920's.
The book does show its age in some respects. While the principles underlying Security Analysis are completely sound today, there have been important changes in the market as well, such as the pervasive use of stock options as compensation, the unprecedented access to information (useful or otherwise) enabled by the Web, the heightened awareness around corporate governance issues (and the resulting influence of large institutional shareholders, such as pension funds) and the spectacular growth in mergers and acquisitions, which has at the very least added layers of accounting complexity. In addition, Graham relies perhaps too heavily on seeking out unpopular bargain issues based on asset value. In today's environment, and partly as a result of accounting limitations, companies are driven as much by knowledge intensity as by asset intensity. A strict Graham approach may preclude considering promising companies whose value lies primarily in intangibles not captured on the balance sheet, such as in the form of brands (Coca Cola), distribution process (Dell) or market position (Microsoft).
As a result, I recommend the following books as enhancements to the core principles articulated in Security Analysis:
* The Intelligent Investor - Written by Graham in the early 1970's with some assistance from his former student Buffett, he adds several decades of wisdom and experience, including greater discussion of technology companies, mutual funds and market cycles.
* The Essays of Warren Buffett: Lessons for Corporate America - A kind of Greatest Hits of Buffett's essays, primarily drawn from his annual Berkshire Hathaway letters to shareholders, this is an extremely useful, funny and brilliant collection spanning a wide range of corporate finance, investment and general business thought. His commentary on some of Graham's key concepts, such as Mr. Market and Margin of Safety, combined with his own current, real-life case studies and innovations make this a must-read.
* Common Stocks and Uncommon Profits - Philip Fisher was, according to Buffett, his second greatest influence after Graham, and this book fills in much of the qualitative analysis of businesses that the analytical Graham places relatively less emphasis on. Fisher is particularly keen on analyzing companies which rely heavily on R&D and new products to generate continuous growth.
Happy investing!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Everything after 1934 looks suspicious, Feb. 19 2003
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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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1.0 out of 5 stars ripping off graham and dodd, Oct. 5 2003
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This review is from: Security Analysis: Fifth Edition (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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5.0 out of 5 stars Packed With Knowledge!, June 9 2004
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Rolf Dobelli "getAbstract" (Switzerland) - See all my reviews
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars The Investor's Guide to Real Security Analysis, April 1 2003
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"mistermarket" (Jupiter, FL United States) - See all my reviews
I still pick up my copy and marvel at the relevance of this exceptionally-written book.
This book will be beget appreciation from professional and/or passionate fundamental analysts. Meanwhile, this book should be must reading for all young professionals who think that the world is different today and that history has nothing to teach us!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best Book On Investing Period., Dec 29 2002
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I have read a plethora of investment texts over the years as an avid businessman and investor in common stocks, and none of them are as complete as Security Analysis by Benjamin Graham(Grossbaum). The value investment priniciples outlined in this book are timeless and priceless. Any investor should own this definitive text in his library.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Turbulent times, Oct. 30 2002
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This book is a masterpiece! It was written during one of America's darkest economic hours,"to date". I believe that some of mankind's best work comes forth in times of desparity, "1934' would definitely qualify". For any one wishing to understand the future, you must first understand the past. This will help.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A Historical Artifact...., Aug. 23 2002
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All you need to know about this book is that it was written in 1934. In other words... time has passed it by. Not to say that its entirely useless -- it was a great book for its era -- but if you read it now, you have to slog through a lot of outdated material to get at the good stuff (think of it as panning for gold).
If you really want to read it, go ahead, it won't hurt you, but be mindful that there are more modern books out there.
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4.0 out of 5 stars must read, Aug. 4 2002
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I just finished reading Grahm and Dodds Security Analysis, and
was completely overwhelemed. If you can read this book, understand everything in it, and be able to apply it, you are golden. However, if you do not really have much background in finance and accounting, it will be VERY hard to read certain parts. As a college sophomore, who has not yet taken any finance or accounting classes, i was only able to understand and benefit from perhaps 50% of the books content. This is a book where after further education in finance and accounting, it will be absolutley essential to successful investing. Also, because of the year the first edition was written, certain terminology, and examples (ie railroads) will not seem useful, however the principles those examples demonstrate are still very much applicable.
I would recommend reading the book to anyone who is interested in investing, however do not think it is something you can finish in a weekend or even a week. It took me a month.
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