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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Informative Perspectives
Thankfully, this is not a "get rich quick scheme", and more importantly, the author doesnt indulge in self promotion or promote his partners/products. In an engaging discussion, the author tries to explain his underlying philosophy of investing - "earnings growth drives stock prices" - simple (to an extent, cliched, perhaps) premise. As simple as the premise is, the...
Published on January 27, 2007 by Sreeram Ramakrishnan

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2.0 out of 5 stars Another trite "How to Pick 'em" backward looking exercise in survivorship bias
Earnings growth drives stock prices - this is not news.

What is absent from this entire book is the notion that there are a lot of losers for every winner. "If you had bought Ebay...." precludes the fact that EBay attracted competition and there were other ides out there for auction websites. Same with Amazon and e-tailing. So it is convenient to say, "You...
Published on June 6, 2007 by Kalenjin


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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Informative Perspectives, January 27, 2007
Thankfully, this is not a "get rich quick scheme", and more importantly, the author doesnt indulge in self promotion or promote his partners/products. In an engaging discussion, the author tries to explain his underlying philosophy of investing - "earnings growth drives stock prices" - simple (to an extent, cliched, perhaps) premise. As simple as the premise is, the discussion behind that premise discovers some interesting aspects in the form of emerging trends and its impacts on investing. Trends like globalization and outsourcing have been mentioned by a million other authors, but Moe looks at those issues (and a few other megatrends) to identify potential developments in the investment landscape. Later, he discusses his 4P approach of evaluating a company (products, people, potential and predictability) - not dramatically unique, but discussed in an novel way. There is a pithy discussion on emerging Internet-business models and how it will impact consolidation, convergence, branding and other related issues. Towards the end of the book, Moe identifies some potential sector trend plays for investment - an excellent source of investment ideas. The discussion is interspersed with interesting interviews from a wide variety of people - academics to football coaches to fund managers. The companion website and the list of interesting blogs worth watching are an excellent resource as well. An informative, easy-to-read, and engaging book. A must have.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Invest for the Future!, March 15, 2007
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Rob (Cleveland, OH) - See all my reviews
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Every amateur investor's dream is to find the "next big thing," but actually accomplishing this is harder than it sounds. Thankfully, Michael Moe's book has specifically laid out the industries that are likely to experience explosive growth in the future; and so that we can pick the right companies in those industries Moe has plenty of historical analysis about what other great companies did as they grew into present-day beasts. I especially like the comparative analysis at the end of the book that compares a successful stock pick (like Best Buy) to a bad stock pick (like Circuit City). Even though both companies look seemingly identical within the electronics retail industry the small but important differences are what this book teaches you to pick out.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Finding the next Starbucks, June 18, 2011
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This review is from: Finding the Next Starbucks: How to Identify and Invest in the Hot Stocks of Tomorrow (Paperback)
This a great read for anyone who wants to invest in the market. The concepts are straight forward and unique. Michael teaches you how to determine what are the next great growth companies in the future. It reminds me of another great book called One Up on Wall Street by Peter Lynch.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A guide to find the next megawinners, August 14, 2009
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Mariusz Skonieczny "Author" (classicvalueinvestors com) - See all my reviews
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Who doesn't want to find the next Starbucks or Microsoft? These companies are not easy to find, but they can definitely generate incredible returns. The author says that $1 invested in Wal-Mart when it went public would be worth $5,809 at the end of 2005.

The author provides a recipe for finding these megawinners through ten commandments. He describes the process as a top-down approach versus the bottom-up approach used by value investors such as Warren Buffett. In the top-down approach, investors start with megatrends and industry drivers that are influencing the industry. Then a list of companies is generated. Based on the rankings he provides, the best ones are separated from the worst. Finally, the companies of choice are valued based on earnings growth and price to earnings to determine near-term and long-term attractiveness.

Some of the megatrends listed in the book include the knowledge economy, globalization, consolidation, brands, and outsourcing. I enjoyed reading this book.

- Mariusz Skonieczny, author of Why Are We So Clueless about the Stock Market? Learn how to invest your money, how to pick stocks, and how to make money in the stock market
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4.0 out of 5 stars Real Good, July 15, 2009
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DCG (Colchester, VT USA) - See all my reviews
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For the most part, this book is really good. A lot of his individual picks for future growth companies (this was written in 2006) have not panned out (at least not yet), but the book still has a ton of valuable information. The 'Star Gazer' Interviews are worth the price of the book alone.

One downside is the website ([...]), which is supposed to compliment the book (it has continuations of many interviews in the book & more) appears to have been abandoned; It has not been updated in years and does not even let your register to view prior information.
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13 of 21 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Another trite "How to Pick 'em" backward looking exercise in survivorship bias, June 6, 2007
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Earnings growth drives stock prices - this is not news.

What is absent from this entire book is the notion that there are a lot of losers for every winner. "If you had bought Ebay...." precludes the fact that EBay attracted competition and there were other ides out there for auction websites. Same with Amazon and e-tailing. So it is convenient to say, "You would have made all the money in the world if you bought these stocks", but the odds of getting it right more than 2-3x in a cycle are low.

Also....how many times did he mention Starbucks? He went on a company visit, picked them early, and it worked. How many other retail names did he pick? How did they work out? We don't hear about those - survivorship bias.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Informative Book on Growth investing, May 29, 2008
I could not stop reading this book. Lots of great examples on growth investments and how to look for them. Teaches you the properties of a great business. Examples in the last chapter compare big companies to one another and show what makes the big companies grow fast. Definately a great buy. Also gives references to other great books with single sentence reviews. Definately a must read book!!
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a must have for aspiring investors/researchers, April 13, 2007
the book lays a great framework for identifying investment ideas...very easy to read, simple but powerful, very engaging. I loved the interviews and industry discussions...a must read for investors, researchers and students alike.
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Charts unreadable on Kindle, April 27, 2008
So far so good on content, but cannot read the charts on the kindle. I even tried adjusting the font size, that didn't work. Please work on this Amazon.
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2 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars one of the best books in investment issue, March 1, 2007
I LOVE IT..IT HAS A GREAT AND CRISPY IDEA ABOUT INVESTMENT ISSUES.. AND HOW TO INVEST YOUR MONEY IN NEW BUT SOILD CORPS AND BUSINESS..

YOU WILL LOVE THIS BOOK.
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