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5.0 out of 5 stars Security analysis? Financial analysis? If you have an interest in either, then consider reading this invaluable long book!, August 12, 2007
This review is from: Security Analysis: The Classic 1951 Edition (Hardcover)
What a great book! It was long, long-winded at times, and full of small print and not too much white on the pages, but full of content on the subject at hand: security analysis. I just finished reading the 3rd edition (2004). The original edition was published over 50 years ago and for the most part it is just as applicable today as it was way back in 1951.

The intended audience for this book is obviously people who do security analysis for a living. They might be people working on Wall Street, analyst firms, investment firms, hedge funds, mutual funds, or merger/acquisition departments. But I don't fit into any of those categories.

I'm a SCORE volunteer counselor who coaches small business owners and wanta-be entrepreneurs on starting and improving businesses. The principles included in this book are things my clients need to understand and be adept at using. Could the book have been titled Financial Analysis instead? Maybe. I was most interested in reading the following sections:

>>Analysis of Financial Statements
>>The Valuation of Common Stock
>>Stockholders and Management
>>Security Analysis in Action

I highly recommend this book for anyone who is interested in better understanding how to evaluate companies and what they are really worth so they can be made better and sold for more. It is not light reading, and if you are used to zipping through a book in a few hours like I am, then skip this one.

I didn't see any discussion on cash flow as something to consider when evaluating a company for financial soundness. And I think it should have been included. Also, I didn't really like having to read about railroad and public utility companies. Clearly there could have been some more interesting companies to talk about when making points. All in all, there's lots of wisdom presented in this huge tome and it's invaluable. 5 stars!
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