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The Complete Idiot's Guide to Value Investing Paperback – January 6, 2009

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About the Author

Lisa Epstein is a seasoned financial writer who contributes regularly to AOL's Blogging Stocks and develops online courses on investing. She holds an MBA from Emory University and is the author of The Pocket Idiot's Guide(r) to Investing in Mutual Funds, The Complete Idiot's Guide(r) to Foreign Currency Trading, The Complete Idiot's Guide(r) to Options & Futures, and The 250 Questions You Should Ask About Buying Foreclosures.

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Product Details

  • Series: The Complete Idiot's Guide
  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Alpha (January 6, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592577938
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592577934
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.7 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,597,755 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Mariusz Skonieczny on August 12, 2009
Format: Paperback
As the author writes,

"If your're looking to make a quick buck, this is not the book for you. Value Investing involves looking for a company on sale and having the patience to wait until others realize that company is a bargain."

Value investing has served many of those who practice it. The best example of its success is Warren Buffett. This book provides good value for readers because it shows them not only that it is important to buy below intrinsic value, but also how to evaluate companies. It shows how to read income statements, balance sheets, and statements of cash flow. I liked the section where it teaches readers how to read the Auditor's Letter or Report. The author argues that this report should be read before spending any time looking at the core financial data.

Readers will also benefit from the chapter on how to listen to analysts. These reports should be read just as a means of gathering information, but never as following the buy and sell advice.

"Whatever type of analyst you're listening to or reading, the one thing you can be certain about is that analyst isn't working for you unless you're the one paying him for the information."

- Mariusz Skonieczny, author of Why Are We So Clueless about the Stock Market? Learn how to invest your money, how to pick stocks, and how to make money in the stock market
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Format: Paperback
Whoever told this author she should be writing a book for beginners should be give a severe reality adjustment.

The indivisible unit of understanding of any subject are the terms used.
When those aren't understood the subject can not be understood.

Page 2 of the book.
Definition: "Intrinsic Value of a company is based on the internally generated cash returns. When analyzing numbers for a stock, the common way to find intrinsic value is to calculate a discounted stream of net cash flows to find out what those cash flows are worth in today's dollars." She uses common English words like "returns", "discounted", etc. in a specialized sense, but doesn't explain any of them or give examples. I spent 30 minutes on wikipedia and google tracking down what she was talking about and still don't know how she meant in her definition although I have a good idea of what Intrinsic Value is to the investing world at large. Who was she writing for?

Page 44 of the book.
"... depreciation (where assets are written down slowly each year to show their use)." Did she actually read what she wrote for the beginning investor? What she probably meant was, "decreasing the accounting value of things, like factory equipment, to show the value to the company lost through wear and tear. Normally done in a prescribed manner like 10% a year." From her definition one gets the sense of someone getting some credit for writing things down slowly somewhere.

I am tossing examples that are representative of the confusions generated on every page. Insufficient definition of finance or accounting terms, insufficient examples to see how it would work, etc. It is a wonderful way for the author to show off her erudite financial knowledge though!
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