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The Interpretation of Financial Statements Hardcover – May 6, 1998
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"This reissue of the classic 1937 edition ... is right on time.... [The] basic study of financial statements by the average investor is more important than ever.-From the Introduction by Michael F. Price, president, Franklin Mutual Advisors, Inc."Graham's ideas ... formed the framework of thinking about the stock market that has inspired the investment community for nearly a century."-Smart Money"Graham ranks as this century's (and perhaps history's) most important thinker on applied portfolio investment."-John Train, author of The Money Masters
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The volume is Benjamin Graham's timeless guide to interpreting and understanding financial statements. It has long been out of print, but now joins Graham's other masterpieces, The Intelligent Investor and Security Analysis, as the three keys to understanding Graham and value investing. Readers will learn to analyze a company's balance sheets and income statements and arrive at a true understanding of its financial position and earnings record. Graham provides simple tests any reader can apply to determine the financial health and well-being of any company. This volume is an exact text replica of the first edition of The Interpretation of Financial Statements, published by Harper & Brothers in 1937. Graham's original language has been restored, and readers can be assured that every idea and technique presented here appears exactly as Graham intended.
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On a whole, this book is excellent for the beginning investor. It is a little out of date, but the core information, as well as reading the words of Graham himself, is worth the read. Graham also applies everything he wrote about to a financial statement, showing exactly what to do, which is an invaluable piece of instruction. Definitely recommend, even if it is for the sample balance sheet analysis alone.
Book goes item by item on Balance Sheet and then Income Statement, and later ties them together.
I am currently studying Financial Accounting and this book solidified what I've learned so far.
I used to have a hard time reading Graham, but if you understand that his whole psyche was to concentrate his efforts on the safety of capital, then his writings become very clear.
One thing that disappointed me was that Graham didn't cover Treasury Stock(Buybacks), as they weren't common practice in his day.
An easy read, the content was self explanatory.
I have not read the other books which share the same material, but will do so in due course, then I will submit my comparison.
I will gladly recommend it to any one who does not understand the relevance of a Financial Statement. A most read for Students studying Accounting and Financial Management, also anyone interested in the Stock Market.
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Some aspects are definitely outdated, like railroad issues.