- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Wiley; 2 edition (August 29, 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0471445509
- ISBN-13: 978-0471445500
- Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.9 x 8.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (174 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,453 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From the Back Cover
"You will find lots of jewels in these pages that may do as much for you as they have for me."
from the Introduction by Kenneth L. Fisher Forbes columnist
Widely respected and admired, Philip Fisher is among the most influential investors of all time. His investment philosophies, introduced almost forty years ago, are not only studied and applied by today's finance professionals, but are also regarded by many as gospel. He recorded these philosophies in Common Stocks and Uncommon Profits, a book considered invaluable reading when it was first published in 1958, and a must-read today.
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"I sought out Phil Fisher after reading his Common Stocks and Uncommon Profits...When I met him, I was impressed by the man as by his ideas. A thorough understanding of the business, obtained by using Phil's techniques...enables one to make intelligent investment commitments."
"Little known to the public, rarely interviewed and accepting few clients, Philip Fisher is nevertheless read and studied by most thoughtful investment professionals . . . everyone will profit from ponderingas Warren Buffett has donethe investment principles Fisher espouses."
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"My own copy [of Common Stocks and Uncommon Profits] has underlinings and marginal thoughts throughout."
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Top Customer Reviews
Some readers are bothered by the too long preface and introduction by his son Ken Fisher. It's not bad if you are interested in Phil Fisher's own life and personal characteristics. However Ken Fisher is quite different from his father's honesty. Ken Fisher looks like a salesman who focuses on selling products of his own investment company rather than an investor. Ken Fisher writes one book in one or two years in repeating the same useless things.
Back to the book, the content is merit, which I don't want to repeat here. But some other reviewers say it's not practical for average investors to do 'scuttlebutt' with CEOs of the companies. It's true but the idea should get update in your heart. Remember this book was published in 1958 for the first time, by then Fisher can only use phones and visit the companies. But now we have internet and tons of information of which we should make good use. Scuttlebutt doesn't necessariely mean talking to CEOs and even it is the case you should very easily can see many things about the CEOs in the internet. Today it should be easier for us to do Scuttlebutt as closed as professionals can do.
And this book should be read with other books on corporation valuation like Benjamin Graham's The Intelligent Investor and Security Analysis. It's a 5-star book doesn't mean you can only use this book to get rich. In Fisher's point of view, this should be mastered for sure.
I would give myself a chance, if I cannot make real money by Fisher and Graham's book I would switch to index fund and invest my time on other things. Honestly I don't believe there are other books that could really make you rich if this book cannot.
From what i have read, i think this book have good stuff on it... wouldn't say that i think is better that the intelligent investor, but is definitely a book that must be read by any real investor.
I must admit that the concepts on the book, back in 1958 were truly revolutionary. Today, maybe not all revolutionary.
If you have read Peter Lynch, you will know for sure from where all these knowledge come from... (
Common Stocks and Uncommon Profits by Phillip Fisher). I think that Peter Lynch like an apostol , that explain us with good example, clear write, metrics, how to implement the ideas from Phillip Fisher. Growth stock is not about buying just high, is more about buying good potential and the right price for that potential.
Common Stocks and Uncommon Profits is a book of concepts, not a practical book that tells metrics to follow.
I would recommend this book to anyone... But beware, that you wont have in your hand a happy/easy reading book, more if your native language isnt the english.
This focuses on limited growth industry and seems to ignore rest of investing. Yes, someone may have made fortunes at some time periods in big growth stocks, but other times they will be skinned. Such an approach as he pushes here will leave the small investor hurt bad in long term I believe.
It is not only that I prefer a value investing style, it is to ignore the full spectrum of investing is to leave one vulnerable in long term.
However, as part of a wider library of reading, this book will help in stock selection on the large growth side. It will help make better choices. As the 10th book bought on the subject, I'd give it a five star. Otherwise, max of 3
Thus the book really is for seasoned investment professionals, managers of large investment funds; rather than a middle class investor.