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There's Always Something to Do: The Peter Cundill Investment Approach Paperback – February 10, 2011
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The title of this book is taken from a quote by value investor, Irving Kahn: "There's always something to do. You just have to look harder, be creative and a little flexible." That's a good description of the work process for any value investor, and it's an especially good description of what Peter Cundill did to earn his success.
Way back in 1968, a book titled "The Money Game" (about the go-go investing years during the 1960s) became a best seller. The book's author followed with another, not-quite-as-popular book, "Super Money." It was "Super Money" that 35-year-old investor Peter Cundill read during a plane trip in 1973. In that book, he read about Benjamin Graham's (and David Dodd's) classic book, "Securities Analysis," and after reading Graham and Dodd's book Cundill seriously took up in-depth value investing. Benjamin Graham had that kind of effect on people. Years earlier, a young Warren Buffett read Graham's "The Intelligent Investor," and remarked that "the scales fell from my eyes.Read more ›
All in all, Peter's process of 'Buying a Dollar for Forty Cents' is a worthy addition to the investment community and to the margin of safety framework.Read more ›
All value investors, no matter how you calculate your intrinsic value - asset based or cash flow based - will find golden nuggets in the book. Cundill's legacy illustrates that value investing is more than a proper use of a calculator - it's how you deal with your internal demons that separates good from great. After racking up 15 straight years of positive returns, the Cundill Value Fund met fierce resistance in the fall of 1989, through a combination of a few languishing stock-picks and a short-position on Japan. The book's vivid first-hand account of the tremendous anguish Cundill feels going through this rough patch makes it clear that the answer to the question when can one relax a bit after a run of good performance, is never. Peter Cundill beat his demons - and a plentitude of doubters - that time by applying well-trusted principles and sticking to his guns. But clarity of mind and common sense is never very clear when you need it the most.
One of many unique aspects of Cundill's life was his copious note-book-taking.Read more ›
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Stupid, self-serving garbage. Worst investing book since Dow 36,000.Published 19 months ago by Jake Miller
I have read a number of investment books in the past some good, some not so good. This rates right at the top. It is very well written. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Marc
Problem is Ive never heard of Cundill until a few notable investors (Watsa, Michael Price) mentioned this book. Do I care? Not really. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Jonathan George
With Peter Cundill, you are learning about an experienced investor with an expertise in international investments. Read morePublished on August 2, 2013 by MacheteJason
This emphasizes the importance of keeping a journal of all your big decisions. It's a fascinating read to experience how Cundill developed as an investor and many lessons he... Read morePublished on July 24, 2013 by Buck Hartzell
Great book for investors. It's a unique book as it puts together real cases in different cycles. It shows how a real Value Investor has evolved trough the years with great... Read morePublished on July 1, 2013 by Marcelo
There are some good lessons in this book but nothing new. Not worth the time if you've read other VI books before.Published on June 26, 2013 by Adam Gaglio
Thoroughly enjoyed the book. Amazing story. Amazing nerve. Amazing tenacity for the facts. Peter Cundill is an amazing man. I am so thankful for him sharing his story.Published on June 3, 2011 by Michael J. Davis