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The Sleuth Investor: Uncover the Best Stocks Before They make Their Move 1st Edition

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ISBN-10: 0071481850
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Mandleman is founder and CEO of Giraffe Capital Corp., one of Canada's most successful private investment firms. He says that knowledge of the human element inside a company is more important and harder to come by than all the investment data to which the public has access. Uncovering the real story behind a company is more challenging than staring at a computer screen all day, however. "Sleuth investing" requires a knack for schmoozing with receptionists, VPs, managers, and customers of the companies in which you own stocks. This is the same kind of fieldwork that Peter Lynch and Jim Cramer used to great advantage managing mutual funds and hedge funds, respectively. Unfortunately, most individual investors and even most professional money managers don't have the time or inclination to do the kind of legwork required to get the goods on what is really happening inside a company. To this end, you can gain a clear advantage by using the techniques Mandleman describes. If you're serious about knowing exactly where your hard-earned money is going, this is probably the one area where you can gain a true advantage in the stock market. David Siegfried
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Dial M for Money-

With inside information you can only get by Sleuth Investing!

Public information and analysis are worthless for making fortune in the stock market. The real money lies in obtaining exclusive physical information about a company. Now, for the first time, you'll discover what only the savviest investors know.

In The Sleuth Investor, renowned investing expert Avner Mandelman gives you step-by-step guidance on money sleuthing. Packed with proven tools and techniques for detecting investment clues and separating the good stocks from the bad, this prescriptive guide explains how to dig into a company's inner workings and spot the signals of critical events before they happen.

  • Uncover important truths about a company that all insiders know-but no one else dares speak of
  • Find out in advance if a company is about to report high growth
  • Identify stock disasters that can be shorted
  • Anticipate mergers and acquisitions right before they occur
  • Focus on the very few sure stocks and ignore all others

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill; 1 edition (February 8, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071481850
  • ASIN: B005M4ZQG2
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 0.9 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,476,833 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By John C. Dunbar on May 10, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This is a unique book. It explains how to determine competitive advantage from a gumshoe point of view. If you believe the little squiggly lines on your Excel spreadsheet and love to push numbers around in your sandbox, you may be insulted by some of the techniques presented.

The book reminded me of the fictional philosophical debate about how many teeth were in a horse's mouth. The deductive practitioners debated it for hours, so the inductive practitioners sent their opponents into shock when they actually went and counted the teeth in the horses mouth, starting the great war and symbiotic relationship between deductive and inductive reasoning.

This author describes a framework and methodology to sense changes in a companies fortunes before those changes are known and thus reflected in the value of the company and its stock's price. Some of the techniques will appear unsavory. Some might even be questionable.

This book should be used by students of finance (security analysis primarily) and entrepreneurial studies. The book is fun and interesting to read. Most readers will probably not spend the effort to follow its recommendations, choosing instead to save the energy required in reaching over and picking up the phone and calling customers, suppliers and contacts within the industry.

Highly recommended.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By James East VINE VOICE on April 20, 2008
Format: Hardcover
In a world where change is occurring at a faster and faster pace, nothing long remains the same. As such, a company is either shrinking or growing and true physical investing vs. symbolic investing (i.e. data screens) may give one the slight edge to find clues that one needs to get there before the fund manager with 200+ stocks he or she monitors does. Much like Philip A. Fisher in his classic Common Stocks & Uncommon Profits, of which the author credits, one needs a little "scuttlebut" to get that edge up in the investing world.

In my view, Avner Mandelman has taken the above classic and squared it into Scuttlebut^(2). Some highlights are:

Chapter 2 Getting To Know The Company's Customers,
Chapter 3 The Company's Suppliers, and
Chapter 8 Sleuthing Bloopers - Two Cautionary Tails

As for a small critic, though the book is titled "Sleuth", Chapter 4 was a little too detective for the average common investor, but after reading the entire book, one understands why it was included. This does not take away from the whole though, as the whole is a worthy read since one can gain many insights by just following Chapters 2, 3, & 8 and be ahead of the pack. Not to give away all the good points, there are still other gems of actual examples and questions to ask that will assist you in your investing endeavor.

Also, a special note should be added about the philanthropic aspects that are available if good scuttlebut is done properly as described in the Epilogue: "Case Closed". -- Well done.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Justin Hibbard on August 8, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I just finished The Sleuth Investor and thoroughly enjoyed it. I've been waiting for years for someone to write a book like this, and I'm glad Avner Mandelman wrote it since he obviously gets it. I worked as a journalist in Silicon Valley for 13 years, and I learned early in my career that the only way to get valuable, exclusive information was by getting out of the office and doing things like counting delivery trucks and tailing investment bankers. Even though I have some sleuthing experience, this book taught me new techniques. More importantly, it deepened my understanding of the sleuth philosophy, which values exclusive firsthand evidence over commodity data on a screen. The book is accessible to beginners, too. I would especially recommend it to students who are learning mathematical finance for the first time. You probably won't learn the ideas and skills in this book from your professors.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By JM on December 17, 2010
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I always thought that nobody would write such a type of book. Avner Mandelman has done an amazing job of putting down his investment-trading philosophy in an easy to understand book. People who really know, do not want to share. Good writers write, good traders trade and good investors invest. Rarely we have someone who is actually a good investor - trader and also a good writer who wants to share. Here a good investor and a good writer has shared his knowledge in detail and shows what works and what doesn't. I have read Peter Lynch and Fisher but there was something missing. Mandelman has filled that gap very easily. His book might not be well known like O U On Wall Street or Common Stocks but serious investors with a learning machine abilities will find this book to be of tremendous value. His book has reinforced my belief: A public-opinion poll is no substitute for thought. There is no such thing as a free lunch. No doubt about it. I was glad to see Warren, Charlie, Lynch, Fisher, Jim Rogers being quoted there. I have personally benefited a lot from these people and so am glad to have found this gem in Sleuth Investor. Thank you Mandelman.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Marvin on December 25, 2012
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I had high hopes for this book after reading previous reviews, but was so disappointed that I felt compelled to offer a different opinion. I found the tactics discussed to be extremely unrealistic, and mostly based off specific examples that only fit a particular situation. For example, Mandelman suggests you befriend the company CEO or join some of its workers for lunch, apparently assuming this is a straightforward, simple thing to do for somebody without connections. Or, he boasts he once made a trade (expecting a merger) because he saw executives of two companies shaking hands outside their headquarters one night, as though most have endless hours to spend watching for such things and live near a possible investment's HQs. Finally, he often recommends things like retaining a lawyer or paying a engineer $2000 to examine a new product, things most of us can't really afford to do. Overall, I found this book to be filled with faulty assumptions and reasoning backed by circumstantial evidence. It's honestly one of the worst books about investing that I've read, and I wouldn't recommend spending any time/money on it or the tactics discussed.
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