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133 of 142 people found the following review helpful
on January 19, 2012
Format: HardcoverVerified Purchase
I have never written a book review before, but I felt compelled to finally write a review. I bought this book based on the author's apparently positive reputation and the 30+ Five-Star reviews the book received. I suspect this is a new book and those Five-Star reviews are all from the author's personal friends! This book is disappointing: it is 95% filler and meaningless words. For example: what does several pages on the history of cancer have to do with picking stocks!?

Here, let me summarize the most important things for you: use stock screeners (but, she doesn't tell you which ones) to find stocks with LOW Price/Book ratios (Less than 1) and LOW Price/Sales ratios (even those less than 0.5)...that also have HIGH Revenue and Earnings/Share Growth Rates, Returns on Equities (ROE), etc.

Finally, the author's "magic" website that she gives you access too is: [...] Check it out for yourself. Do you see anything particularly innovative on this website? I don't. Of course, you will have to enter your personal information to access her truly "brilliant" advice so she can, no doubt, continue to spam you with more advertising on something else she wants to sell you.

There...Done. I just saved your $15.00 Your welcome.
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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful
on March 12, 2012
Format: Hardcover
The main point of the book is that it is much easier for a stock to go from 5 to 7, then from 50 to 70. This is due to lack of institutional ownership, and to market inefficiency at low prices.

The book is for beginners, and mentions a lot of things that experienced investors know.

1. It goes over using value line, standard and poors, and yahoo finance to do research.
2. It tells you to look at insider trading activity.
3. It introduces you to free stock screeners.
4. It has you look at what famous investors own the stock.
5. It has you look at charts.

The best part of the book for me was that it taught me that refiners, and investment companies can get very cheap in a bad economy, and that if you buy them then, you can make huge profits.

The worst part of the book for me, was recommending buying small biotechs. I don't believe the average investor would have any success picking which biotech will succeed, and which will fail. Also, she mentions reading the 10ks, and financial statements, but does not tell you how to do it.

I was personally, very offended by all the reviews I believe to be false. Granted, many people, have one or two friends, write a positive review, but in this case there were 30. I can tell if a review is fake, if it is glowing, and more to the point, if that is the only review the author has ever written. I am surprised that someone at Hilary's level, i.e. a hedge fund manager, a stock analyst, and a commentator on nightly business report, would sink to the level of having 30 friends write in fake reviews.

(I want to update this review by adding one thing. As someone who has been an investor for almost 2 decades now, and have read hundreds of books on investing (someone of them textbooks in finance), there is no easy way to make a killing in the market. I beat the market by maybe 3 points a year on average, and that is after reading hundreds of books on investing, and taking a class on a market beating strategy from someone who I respect a lot. Hillary herself knows that reading this book will not allow you to make a killing.) The best book for people learning about the market is the "The four pillars of investing" by William Bernstein
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on December 19, 2012
Format: HardcoverVerified Purchase
Very little substance. Chapter after chapter of hot air. Website is worthless. Kramer just wants to make money and have on her resume that she published a book.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on February 19, 2012
Format: HardcoverVerified Purchase
Lacking somewhat on the details but still informative. This should be offered as a paperback for much less money. Screening ideas are helpful.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on December 5, 2012
Format: Hardcover
If you have any time of experience with the stock market, then you are beyond this book.
This is for someone who has no clue about the markets whatsoever.
If you buy the book based on the reviews, then go back and read the reviews, it's obvious the reviews are fake.
I was offended.
So I googled the author.
I came up with some of her articles praising the country of azerbaijan.
I did some more research....turns out azerbaijan is an islamic dictatorship swimming in oil money and known to spend $$ lavishly for positive PR.
I have a feeling I've been duped by an author with no ethics.
Disappointed.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on March 26, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Hilary Kramer, editor of two investment letters and previous hedge fund manager and equity analyst at Morgan Stanley and Lehman here shares her hard earned insights from 25 years of small cap investing. Her starting point is that of a contrarian searching for beaten down and unloved stocks that have potential for spectacular returns to glory. The limited market value of smaller stocks gives significant stock market profits if large institutions start to buy the shares. After an introduction Kramer kicks off with three chapters covering the three categories of small cap stocks she favors. They are the fallen angels, the undiscovered growth companies and companies in the bargain bin. They all have in common that they are low priced, undervalued and have catalysts that give them potential for higher stock prices.

Fallen angels are previously well-regarded companies that have fallen from grace and have seen tumbling share prices as a result. Prospects could for example be found among the stocks with the largest declines over a period of time. When a list of prospects has been identified the real work starts. According to the author there are two questions to be asked: "what went wrong?" and "can it be fixed?". Without knowing the answers there is no way of distinguishing the potential comeback kid from the structurally impaired that should be avoided at all costs. Kramer correctly warns that the list will turn out "more demons than angels" - so be very picky. Undiscovered growth stocks are longer-term holdings where you just make money by sitting still as long as the company is doing structurally fine. These are not the highflying darling stocks of Wall Street. Instead look for stocks in mundane and boring below-the-radar-sectors that have produced high and stable sales and profit growth over the previous economic cycle. Kramer puts her growth threshold to 15 percent CAGR and also requires a debt-to-equity ratio of 50 percent. Finally the author searches for treasures in the bargain bin by looking for companies that combine a price-to-tangible book below one, a minimum debt-to-equity ratio of 30 percent, a share price below USD 10 and that is profitable. The purpose is to find companies that have net assets that are undervalued by the stock market. Often opportunities will present themselves when stocks in cyclical companies get sold down during business cycle downturns. The net asset value is only a safety backstop for the stock if those assets can be realized at full value should worst come to worst. The investor thus needs to take a critical look at the probable value of the assets should they be sold.

After a chapter on international investing and one on biotechnology companies (with a more general point of always taking into consideration if the company have the prospects of being bought up), Kramer finishes off with further thoughts on analysis of small cap stocks. To find the `breakout' stocks she's searching for one has to look for signs of improvement. It's change in company fundamentals, not absolute levels, which will drive positive or negative change in stock prices. As a general rule Kramer however wants her companies to be profitable and to have low debt levels to provide security should the investment backfire. She also wants to understand reinvestment needs and the operating leverage of companies as measured by the proportion of fixed and variable costs. Further she looks for accounting red flags and management insider trading to gain insights. The selling process is trickiest when it comes to loosing positions. The question deciding the course of action is "are you wrong or just early?", i.e. have you missed a negative factor in the analysis, have things changed to the worse and or is fundamentals improving and the case is thus still intact?

This book gives solid advice and it does its job for the novice, but there is very little detail. As a matter of fact this review probably covers most of the book's content.

This is a review by investingbythebooks.com
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on June 9, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Ok, great book to check out of the library and read in a night or two (144 small size pages) . Actually, all the "Little book" series are pretty great to check out of the library and read. "The Little Book of Big Profits from Small Stacks" differs as it focuses on picking undervalued individual stocks under $10 and essentially acts as an ad for the author's website. The ideas are pretty straight forward and well known. Some of the basic concepts are: buy before the big institutions and brokerage houses do and sell when all are piling into the stock, look for companies that have fallen from grace and are posed for a rebound and look for undiscovered companies that are going to break out. The continual reminder is to do your due diligence and to look more towards book value, debt and management plan rather then just a company's P/E . This is a book for someone with a brokerage account who likes to pick individual stocks not for someone who is a day trader of likes to simply put money in mutual funds. The stories are good and the book worth buying if you are collecting the "little Book" series. I felt that it was worth the time and noticed and recognized that I already use and have used some of the concepts and strategies in my Scottrade brokerage account.
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13 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on November 1, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I devote a very precise amount of my income into investments in this sector. I downloaded Hilary Kramer's book immediately and am rethinking several of my small stock positions. Nobody who actively manages their own portfolio has time to read everything, but you need to make time to read this little book.
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on October 15, 2014
Format: HardcoverVerified Purchase
I bought "Big Profits from Small Stocks" in September. When I purchased the book the advertisement said I would have access to their website with a lot of information on it. But, whenever I went to their website I was presented with ads for the book I just bought and prompted to create a login. When I entered my email I was simply taken back to the opening page. I tried to contact the company on their Facebook page on September 22 advising them of my problem. To this date I have received no responses what so ever. So, I have to say that customer seervice is nonexistant.
As far as the book itself goes, it would be an interesting read for a total beginer to investing. But for anyone with any experience at all it is not at all helpful. It is almost like a comeon for her stock advisory services. In the book she often makes references to how she will explain the details of a pparticular strategy later, but later never comes. My recommendation is to keep looking for something else and pass this book up.
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on May 5, 2012
Format: Hardcover
The book is GREAT for beginners like me. After having just listened to the audiobook from my local library, I'm inspired to start investing in small stocks! So I came to Amazon interested in actually buying the book so I can take notes on it to begin my adventure. The "filler" which Good Will Hunting (or Mark S??) talks about below was helpful to me and not at all oft-putting. Obviously those two are more seasoned investors who were expecting more from the book. But if you're a dummy like me (okay, a novice, if you're sensitive), then get the book. Or if you're broke like me (okay, financially challenged haha), then get it at the library to check it out before making your purchase.

One thing I agree is the author constantly (it seemed) making reference to her website. For someone whose already a millionaire before she's 30 (and probably is now many times over), it seemed a bit overkill... smacks of financial self-interest on her part than really wanting to share her knowledge for altruistic purposes. (Oh well, we are capitalists are we not? Lol) But I only need to see the plug maybe in the last chapter ONLY and/or the intro, not peppered throughout. The reader can certainly decide on their own by the time they finish reading, what next step they want to take to either follow through or not.

Overall I do LOVE the book and would recommend it to other novice investors for her simple and easy-to-understand narratives that make me feel "I can do it too!" Too often, books I've read are over my head with the technical mumbo jumbo. If that's where you are at, then simply don't get the book. But it's a disservice to misinform readers that the book is worthless when it's simply just below your skill level as an experienced investor.
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