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So you want to be Warren Buffet?
on January 29, 2015
This book was made famous by Warren Buffet, but you probably already know that. Will it teach you to invest like Warren? Yes, the fundamentals are there and so are the valuation techniques. In today's rough and tumble world, it's hard to say that it still applies. On a very basic level, yes it does.
Security Analysis: The Classic 1934, has been dubbed as an endless source of insight when it comes to investing. Written by two gurus- Benjamin Graham and David Dood this book will awaken the sleeping investor in anyone. Knowing that they taught Warren Buffet his technique has made them famous in the financial world.
The book was written in 1934 just 5 years after the collapse of the stock market in 1929, and right about the time of the Glass-Steagel Act which changed the ethics of the stock market and how they were regulated. Benjamin’s idea was to teach people about the basics of investment by providing insights of what one should look out for in a business that they wish to invest in. Can you get through all these 725 pages? Yes you can, but it will not be an easy read like the Hunger Games.
If you do get through it, you will possess a book written nearly 8 decades ago that has sage insights. You will learn of a framework to follow before rushing into any investment. Also, you will be able to discern a business that looks profitable but in hindsight it is clutching on straws and in the verge of bankruptcy. After reading this book, you will have learned the basic philosophy and principles of investment in the stock market. You will be equally equipped with the tools (mostly analytical and philosophical) that will help you make decisions regarding investments. The difference between investment and speculation, discussion and analysis are all outlined. The reason it is important to know these differences is because the business segment during news time never explain them and so is school. Benjamin will make you understand the meaning of these and other terms his book in a very practical manner.
Warren Buffet was Benjamin’s student and if not for anything else, this alone should serve as a motivation for anyone to take up this book and read it. Be warned though, the book has no single picture and it’s a big book. Luckily for us the book has no filler words and everything written in the book makes a lot of sense which is interesting. There are also other editions of this book, but this particular edition retains all the ‘Old Ben’s’ teachings which is why it is worth every dime. The book is also not a get rich quick scheme. The book only provides insight on what the real investment market looks like and the decisions you should make before making an investment and hence the name of the book-‘Security Analysis’.
If you have ever been duped into making an investment or sheepishly following the crowd to make an investment that turned out to be fake, then grab a cup of coffee and be educated by this man Benjamin Graham and his co-author David Dood, all who seem to have travelled to the future as this book is still very relevant.