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The Triumph of Value Investing: Smart Money Tactics for the Postrecession Era Hardcover – December 30, 2010

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Portfolio Hardcover (December 30, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 159184374X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1591843740
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.9 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 2.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,393,745 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Janet Lowe is the world's foremost authority on value investing with books on the Dean of Wall Street, Ben Graham, along with the mayor and vice mayor of Graham and Doddsville, Warren Buffett and Charlie Munger. She clearly illustrates why every participant in the stock market should be interested in this value triumvirate and offers easily understood practical investment lessons. Whether you are a professional or an individual investor, you will find many golden nuggets of valuable information."
-Robert P. Miles, author, The Warren Buffett CEO

"It's investing made easy. Janet Lowe succeeds in illustrating the key points of value investing-drawing on years of research and interviews with leading investors-and provides a fresh perspective on investing after a financial crisis."
-Professor Lawrence A. Cunningham, George Washington University School of Law; author, The Essays of Warren Buffett: Lessons for Corporate America

"A colorful and succinct explanation of how and why individual investors should take responsibility for managing their money. Lowe's practical discussion is geared to help individuals evaluate their unique situation and apply time-tested asset allocation, diversification, and value investing approaches to their specific financial situations."
-Carolyn Taylor, president, Weatherly Asset Management

About the Author

Janet Lowe is a leading authority on value investing and the author of twenty-two books and audiotapes. Her work has been published in a number of publications, including Newsweek, The Christian Science Monitor, Los Angeles Times, The Dallas Morning News, and San Jose Mercury News. She lives in San Diego and Santa Fe. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Houman Tamaddon on September 1, 2011
Format: Hardcover
It is a bit difficult to rate this book since its value is derived from the reader's previous knowledge. I have read numerous books on value investing and there was little new here. Lowe does not come up with any new insights, but I did not hold the lack of originality against the book. After all, it could serve as a review. As the author points out the principles of value investing are timeless. Still, advanced and intermediate investors will likely find the book too basic to be of any value.

What about the novice investor? It would serve as a nice overview of important principles in value investing. Even for those readers, there are better options, however. For example, "Buffettology" by Mary Buffett may be a more complete book.

What made me give the book a measly one star were some errors that I found inexcusable. This book is geared for novice investors and should make sure not to be confusing especially with basic definitions. For example, on page 87 the equation for Net Current Asset Value is wrong. The discussion that follows the definition would confuse many readers who are not familiar with the terms. On page 93, there are a few equations and once again there are mistakes here. Free cash flow, a valuable metric for value investors, is not explained adequately. At the minimum, a basic investing book should get these definitions right. It would have taken thirty seconds to double check the facts. On page 102, the explanation of retained earnings is grossly wrong. She states that retained earnings are an asset and implies that they reflect the company's profitability. This cannot be attributed to a mere typo either. Microsoft, one of the most profitable companies in the world has negative retained earnings on its balance sheet. Retained earnings can be confusing and the author does not serve readers well with her explanation.

On the positive side, Ms. Lowe does provide her readers with good general advice for investing.
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By Derek Zweig on October 24, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
This book had almost nothing in it. It jumps from topic to topic never really expanding on anything. Gives you a brief starting point for understanding how Benjamin Graham came to his classic style of investing, but other than that doesn't really add anything to the reader's arsenal. The discussion on which multiples are most helpful was mostly nonsense to an uneducated reader, as there's no mention of what to compare these too/how industries differ/how multiples change over time/how to adjust based on company specific characteristics...I would skip this one in favor of just about any other book.
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By TJ on June 6, 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Book had a couple of minor errors in the text and is a book geared more for beginning investors.
Was not what I was expecting.
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It was rewarding and delightful to read such good writing about definable economic values, about underlying investing values. The words are well chosen, the concepts are so deeply understood by the author that the presentation is insightful, and the stories are interesting.
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More About the Author

Janet Lowe's career as a writer has included everything from freelance feature writer to technical writer, poet, reporter, editor, media spokesperson and author of 18 books and audiotapes.

The "Speaks" series -- small, carefully researched biographies of American leaders including Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, Jack Welch, Ted Turner, Oprah Winfrey, Michael Jordan and the founders of Google -- are her best-known books. Among her full-length biographies is Damn Right: The Story of Berkshire Hathaway Billionaire Charlie Munger.

Lowe is a leading authority on the value investing theory. Her books on that subject include Benjamin Graham on Value Investing, Value Investing Made Easy and others.

Her books have been reviewed by USAToday, Newsweek, Barron's, and dozens of other national publications. She has been a guest on Jim Lehrer's News Hour, the PBS Nightly Business Report, CNN, CNBC and many national and local televisions shows.

Lowe's freelance articles have appeared in more than 100 publications including Newsweek, the Christian Science Monitor, the Los Angeles Times, Dallas Morning News, the San Jose Mercury News, San Diego Union-Tribune, Modern Maturity, Planning Magazine and others.

A popular public speaker, Janet has addressed investment seminars in the U.S., Canada and Great Britain. She has appeared before audiences at the University of Nebraska and University of Nevada at Las Vegas business schools. She has been a guest speaker at the New York City Financial Analyst's Society and has been asked to speak to private companies such as Brandes Investment Partners in Del Mar, California.

Lowe grew up in California and Nevada, attended Las Vegas High School and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business and Economics from the University of Nevada at Las Vegas. She earned her Master's Degree in Mass Communications from San Diego State University. She completed a Wharton Business School fellowship and has a lifetime teaching certificate in California.

Janet has been a San Diego YMCA Woman of Achievement. She is past president of both the San Diego County Press Club and Society of Professional Journalists. She was named San Diego Press Club's Journalist of the Year in 2000 and again in 2007.