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on April 17, 2004
I first read this book over ten years ago, and like the other reviewers, I too found it a difficult read. When I first read it, I thought the advice was somewhat impractical for the small time investor (try to imagine calling Bill Gates asking him what he thought of Steve Jobs' company). Graham's security analysis was much easier for the little guy investor to apply. Yet Fisher's techniques were and are used by the big time investors ( most notably Peter Lynch, and though I don't think he gives Fisher enough credit, Warren Buffett). Even the rankings of "Top CEOs" by Forbes, Businessweek, Fortune etc. was based on Graham's security analysis. Then came the corporate scandals of the 1990's, the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, and Elliott Spitzer of New York and now the little guy investor can apply Fisher's theory of investing. Fortune Magazine's CEO ranking has as much to do about corporate governance as it does with security analysis. There are websites devoted entirely to corporate governance. The Institutional Shareholder Service was created solely to act as a corporate governance watchdog. I recently re-read Common Stocks. It's still a difficult read and you can't read it in one day or even in one week. It's a book that you have to read and re-read to get the most out of it. The most useful chapters for an investor are Chapter 3 "What to Buy: the fifteen points to look for in a common stock", Chapter 8 "Five Don'ts for Investors, and Chapter 9 " Five More Don'ts for Investors." Fisher's Common Stocks and Graham's the Intelligent Investor are the two basic building blocks that every investor must master to be succesful in the stock market.
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on January 30, 2004
I first read this book in 1992, and it did nothing for me. At the time, I had very little investment experience and was only starting to study the market. I re-read the book again in 2001 and, wow, it took me to a different level.
I would not recommend this book to investors who have less than 5 years of stock investing experience. You simply wouldn't get much out of it and might unintentionally lead you down the wrong path. Once you get your investing fundamentals down, this book will expand your horizon beyond your dreams.
Warren Buffett credited Ben Graham as the most influential force in his investment style/thinking, but I believe that it's Philip Fisher who gave him the edge and made him one of the great investors of the 20th century.
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on 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.
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on August 11, 2009
Like Warren Buffett always says; he is 85% Graham and 15% Fisher. This book is where he gets the 15% from.

I always like re-reading this book every couple of years to maintain discipline on my investments.

This book is geared towards Growth investors.
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on April 11, 2013
This is certainly one of the greatest investment books ever written.Every investor should have a copy and review it on a regular basis. The principals in this fine book will keep you out of trouble.
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on May 29, 2015
This book is very good when read in tandem with One Up On Wall Street by Peter Lynch. Both books do a good job of emphasizing just how important it is to know your companies inside-out.
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on December 18, 2015
Mon livre préféré sur l'investissement dans les actions. M. Fisher nous rappelle que derrière les actions, il y a des compagnies. Un visionnaire du management.
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on January 1, 2016
- No financial calculations but strong qualitative stock advice.
- The experience of the investor was found to be most insightful.
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on July 31, 2014
Simply illustrated the footsteps of fundamental analysis on companies
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on August 27, 2015
good book on investing, almost up there with One Up on Wall Street!
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