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An abbreviated Graham & Dodd
on January 5, 2002
There is alot to this book that makes the reader think...the beginning chapters on what is speculation and what is gambling, I found invaluable. As a full time trader I needed someone to explain to me why I wasn't just a river boat gambler, or for that matter why all the Brokerage & Banks weren't either, and Mr Carret did beautifully, putting speculation in its proper place in the trade annals of all mankind.
The bulk of the book gives one a short course in Graham & Dodd valuation & why the Internet stocks with no sales/no profits were bound to come to earth (sorry AMZN :-)
Yes he talks about mining and railroads but don't they still exist? Or their counterparts? Railroads are transports; mining is r/d semis and electronics, energy & of course minig. The ideas are the same. Do a little thinking & this book is sheer gold.
I will not say that I overstayed in the valuation parts but I do admit it was good to understand & what to look for whilst reading the various trade papers. Exactly why do profits matter?
Finally, the chapter on volatility...haven't we all been caught in volatility is priceless. It's helped me in my trading immeasurably.
I saw Mr Carret on Lou Rukeyser when he was in his 90's & still working. He impressed me then, vigorous in mind & body, & I was saddened to hear that he died at 101 just 2 years ago. This book like the man, is a time that is lost to all of us & thus with the Internet bubble we were condemned to repeat it.
I wish I had read him earlier. Honestly.
God Bless you Mr Carret & Thanks