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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (September 22, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470055898
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470055892
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 5.2 x 7.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #48,465 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Browne's experience as managing director of investment firm Tweedy, Browne provides examples to support his lessons on value investing, a method of buying stocks that have fallen in price to earn the best return over the long term. Browne uses examples from successful investors (such as Benjamin Graham, Walter Schloss and Warren Buffet) to illustrate that value investing is the best way to make the most of one's investments. The zingy chapters titles ("Buy Stocks like Steaks...On Sale," "Around the World with 80 Stocks" and "Sifting out the Fool's Gold") are demonstrative of his penchant for metaphors, parables and anecdotes, which make this book as entertaining as it is informative. Browne's short chapters detail useful and time-tested concepts, including the significance of book value, which foreign economies are worth investing in, and who to watch for investment ideas. With detailed advice and thorough explanations, this book should prove an asset to both professional and amateur investors.
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"Fools would be well-served to place The Little Book of Value Investing on their holiday shopping lists". (Fool.com, December 12, 2006)

"sharply written...gets you fired up about buying stocks" (USA Today, December 4, 2006)

"If you are a value investor by temperament, you will (or should) find a lot that is persuasive in what Christopher Browne has to say about the craft of value investing in a delightful new book out this autumn...It is nicely written and utterly persuasive if long-term investment success is what you are after and your temperament is equipped to handle the psychological pressures of making non-consensus investments." (The Independent, November 2006)

"elegant new treatise on the art of value investing. . ." (Financial Times (UK), October 30, 2006)

"...easily digestible and shortish treatise for anyone who wants to try out this particular investment strategy".  (The Wall Street Journal, October 10, 2006)

"After 37 years of practicing what Graham preached, Browne has distilled the creed into a disarmingly chatty primer. . ." (Bloomberg)

"one of the best guidebooks toward protecting and growing a retirement nest egg. This advice comes from a legend of value investing, and it’s presented with enough clarity that anyone can follow it." (Forbes.com)


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This is an excellent book for the novice or experienced investor.
JBH
Great book as an introduction to the principles of value investing as laid out by Benjamin Graham.
sh3rlockian
This book was an easy read that introduced the concepts of value investing very well.
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89 of 92 people found the following review helpful By Befragt VINE VOICE on October 2, 2006
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In the interest of full disclosure, it's best I state that I've been an extremely satisfied investor in the Tweedy Browne Global Value Fund for over a decade. The fund never does outstandingly well, but it also very seldom loses money. Over time, my initial investment has done surprisingly well.

This book should not surprise anyone who has read Tweedy Browne's shareholder letters, but it does a great job of synthesizing Tweedy Browne's investment philosophy, while also providing more in-depth discussion of how to research stocks and understand financial statements.

Chris Browne is a Benjamin Graham disciple, and his firm was labeled as on of the "Superinvestors of Graham and Doddsville" by Warren Buffett. This book might be characterized as a shorter, more readable version of Graham's "The Intelligent Investor."

It's important for anyone who might buy this book to understand what it is, and what it is not. This is a primer on value investing as applied to individual equities, not an in-depth treatise on how to invest, allocate assets, etc. The goal of this book is to show why value investing works, how it works, and how to implement an investing process. It does not, nor is it intended to, provide in-depth discussion about how to value companies or financial statements or how to assess competition. Keep in mind that this is a 180-page book that takes 2-3 hours to read.

Experienced investors might find parts of this book to be somewhat basic. However, starting with the chapter entitled "Sifting Out the Fool's Gold," it really imparts a lot of information that everybody should know (in that case, how to tell if a stock that meets screening criteria is really a value stock or a dud).
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61 of 64 people found the following review helpful By P. Heneghan on October 5, 2006
Format: Hardcover
If you are new to value investing this book covers the basics. The research on the outperformance of value investing is well documented and if you follow the advice in this book you will do well in your stock investments.

I was curious how the Tweedy Browne mutual funds peformed though so I went to their web site. In each period - 1, 3, 5, 10 and since inception, the returns after taxes on distributions of the Tweedy Browne American Value have failed to beat the S&P 500 index or the Russell 2000 index. When I started investing 10 years ago I read a lot of books by many authors without checking their record first. And, as a result I made a lot of expensive mistakes. Just something to keep in mind when choosing whose advice to listent to!

I still give this book 4 stars because I believe the author gives sounds advice. However I would recommend "The Essays of Warren Buffett, Lessons for Corporate America", the classic "The Intelligent Investor" by Ben Graham, and "Contrarian Investment Strategies in the Next Generation" by David Dreman.
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83 of 96 people found the following review helpful By Jack Reader on November 23, 2006
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Unfortunately, this book has to follow the amusing and rewarding "Little Book" of Joel Greenblatt in Wiley's series. Therefore, unfavorable and perhaps unfair comparison is unavoidable. I do respect the experience and attempt of Christopher H. Browne to write a small book on value investing, but I feel he comes up short. If it was a friendly talk at a club you could find it mildly entertaining, but if you are looking for value, well...

First, value investing is not a strategy where a magic formula or a magic list could break an entirely new ground. Yet alone a "Little Book". You read just one value investing book and "Buy Stocks On Sale", "Margin of Safety", "First, Do Not Lose Money", "Second, Do Not Lose Money" pretty much become recurring and familiar ideas. There is no magic ratio, magic anything in analyzing income statements, earnings predictions, book value etc, it takes hard, thorough work, experience, patience and knowledge. You have to know what to know. You have to know what and where to look at. You have to know why. You have to know what, how and where numbers can be altered with GAAP or else. In this regard a reader could have expected at least a general(novel?)framework, a way of thinking instead of the presented essay-type, list-type ("I also look at...") writing. Or, like in Joel Greenblatt's book, we could have been entertained with a "Jason's Gum Shop"-type metaphore/concept.

Second, a reader of this book is either a convert and firm believer of value investing (Buffett, Munger, Fisher books pack the shelf), looking for additional ideas, NEW concepts or aspects and will find nothing new here.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Cabby on September 29, 2006
Format: Hardcover
OK, I'm a value sort of guy. I look for bargains when I shop. But getting a bargain doesn't always mean `cheapest.' Cheapest can be a crummy product at a deservedly low price. Value is getting a good product at a fair price, and who among us doesn't want that? If I run my life like that, why not my investments? Well, I'm a `whatever it takes' sort of investor. Not a pro, but experienced and better than average. And, as I look back over my own investing, the one investment style that has outperformed all others is 'value.'

In the parlance of investing, as Chris Browne explains, value investing is buying good stocks not only at a fair price, but at bargain-basement prices. In "The Little Book" he shows us how to do it. If you're an experienced investor, the first few chapters may drag a bit as Browne lays the foundation, outlining the virtues of value investing and explaining how to determine a company's worth using common and not-so-common indicators. He also tells us how value stocks come to be `values' and when to invest in `value.' But this is good stuff and an important precursor to showing us how to uncover prospective value stocks, which he gets right into in chapters Six through Ten. Along with these, chapters Eleven through Fourteen are the meat of the book. Here we learn how to determine which of our suspects are truly values that are likely to make us money, the winners, and which of them are deservedly cheap, the losers, and are going to stay that way.

In the remainder of the book, Browne continues making a case for value investing, adding related conventional and not-so-conventional market wisdom, and contrasting value with other investing styles.
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