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Common Stocks and Uncommon Profits (Wiley Investment Classics)

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ISBN-13: 978-0471246091
ISBN-10: 0471246093
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This program takes a fundamental view of what it takes to be a top-drawer business worthy of your investment dollar. It's based on traditional company variables like capitalization, market position, and labor relations, and some new variables like organizational adaptability and leadership depth and vision. The broad thinking and nuances are so intuitive and clearly drawn that listeners won't even realize how abstract and intelligent this writing is. The impressive piece of work is nicely abridged, and George Guidall is as connected to the material as anyone could be. Still, this is not for the cognitively challenged, nor for overly aggressive investors nor those with money hang-ups. A great resource for understanding why some companies are great and which ones will be. T.W. © AudioFile 2001, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
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Product Details

  • Series: Wiley Investment Classics (Book 16)
  • Hardcover: 182 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons (November 7, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471246093
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471246091
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.7 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #215,859 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Sidarta Tanu TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 2, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Philip Fisher's thoughts and experience are invaluable and timeless. Not as boring (to read) as the intelligent investors (though both are equally important reading). I particularly like the chapters about "Fifteen points to look in a common stocks","when to buy", "when to sell", "Five don't", and "Developing your investment philosophies". One particular topic that I like best is about "Don't follow the crowd". Also on "How I go about finding a growth stock"

Some of the area that the a company/stock (to buy) should have a lot of these criteria:

1. Product and service with potential increase in sales for seveal years

2. Management who commited to develop products to continue growth

3. Size of company's research versus its size (enough research needed)

4. Good sales organization

5. Worthwhile profit margin

6. Activity to improve profit margin

7. Good labor and personal relation

8. Outstanding executove relations

9. Depth in management

10. Good accounting controls and cost analysis

11. favorable (degree of skills) compare to the competition

12. Long range outlook on profit

13. Equity financing in the next couple years should ot cancel the existing shareholder benefit from the anticipated growth

14. Management talk freely to investor about tings that goes well and also when things doesn't go well

15. Management needs to have unquestionable integrity

Five don'ts for investor:

1. Don't buy into promotional companies (development companies)

2. Don't ignore stocks just becuase it is traded over the counter

3. Don't buy stocks because you like the tone of annual report

4.
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One of the main, repetitive advices is this book is to talk to the CEO or CFO of the company whose stock you are going to buy. I am rather confused how that is possible for an average investor. Since I am not yet in the same league as Warren Buffet or even Mr Fisher, I found much of the book's advice useless to me.
There are some good points though (not paying attention to trailing P/E too much, not being obsessed with price of the stock, Cost averaging, not selling a winner to take profits, etc.) which make the audiobook useful.
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This book makes me want to finish up any other project I'm currently working on so I can spend my free time finding good investments. Excellent book, not to mention it's recommended by Warren Buffett.

I was disappointed, however, that there wasn't an Unabridged Audio CD version. And the reader of the abridged audio CD is rather boring, but overall I'm very glad I found this book.
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Philip Fisher's thoughts and experience are invaluable and timeless. Not as boring (to read) as the intelligent investors (though both are equally important reading). I particularly like the chapters about "Fifteen points to look in a common stocks","when to buy", "when to sell", "Five don't", and "Developing your investment philosophies". One particular topic that I like best is about "Don't follow the crowd". Also on "How I go about finding a growth stock"

Some of the area that the a company/stock (to buy) should have a lot of these criteria:

1. Product and service with potential increase in sales for seveal years

2. Management who commited to develop products to continue growth

3. Size of company's research versus its size (enough research needed)

4. Good sales organization

5. Worthwhile profit margin

6. Activity to improve profit margin

7. Good labor and personal relation

8. Outstanding executove relations

9. Depth in management

10. Good accounting controls and cost analysis

11. favorable (degree of skills) compare to the competition

12. Long range outlook on profit

13. Equity financing in the next couple years should ot cancel the existing shareholder benefit from the anticipated growth

14. Management talk freely to investor about tings that goes well and also when things doesn't go well

15. Management needs to have unquestionable integrity

Five don'ts for investor:

1. Don't buy into promotional companies (development companies)

2. Don't ignore stocks just becuase it is traded over the counter

3. Don't buy stocks because you like the tone of annual report

4.
Read more ›
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Good Book.
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