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The Triumph of Value Investing: Smart Money Tactics for the Postrecession Era Hardcover – December 30, 2010
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"Janet Lowe is the world's foremost authority on value investing with books on the Dean of Wall Street, Ben Graham, along with the mayor and vice mayor of Graham and Doddsville, Warren Buffett and Charlie Munger. She clearly illustrates why every participant in the stock market should be interested in this value triumvirate and offers easily understood practical investment lessons. Whether you are a professional or an individual investor, you will find many golden nuggets of valuable information."
-Robert P. Miles, author, The Warren Buffett CEO
"It's investing made easy. Janet Lowe succeeds in illustrating the key points of value investing-drawing on years of research and interviews with leading investors-and provides a fresh perspective on investing after a financial crisis."
-Professor Lawrence A. Cunningham, George Washington University School of Law; author, The Essays of Warren Buffett: Lessons for Corporate America
"A colorful and succinct explanation of how and why individual investors should take responsibility for managing their money. Lowe's practical discussion is geared to help individuals evaluate their unique situation and apply time-tested asset allocation, diversification, and value investing approaches to their specific financial situations."
-Carolyn Taylor, president, Weatherly Asset Management
About the Author
Janet Lowe is a leading authority on value investing and the author of twenty-two books and audiotapes. Her work has been published in a number of publications, including Newsweek, The Christian Science Monitor, Los Angeles Times, The Dallas Morning News, and San Jose Mercury News. She lives in San Diego and Santa Fe.
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What about the novice investor? It would serve as a nice overview of important principles in value investing. Even for those readers, there are better options, however. For example, "Buffettology" by Mary Buffett may be a more complete book.
What made me give the book a measly one star were some errors that I found inexcusable. This book is geared for novice investors and should make sure not to be confusing especially with basic definitions. For example, on page 87 the equation for Net Current Asset Value is wrong. The discussion that follows the definition would confuse many readers who are not familiar with the terms. On page 93, there are a few equations and once again there are mistakes here. Free cash flow, a valuable metric for value investors, is not explained adequately. At the minimum, a basic investing book should get these definitions right. It would have taken thirty seconds to double check the facts. On page 102, the explanation of retained earnings is grossly wrong. She states that retained earnings are an asset and implies that they reflect the company's profitability. This cannot be attributed to a mere typo either. Microsoft, one of the most profitable companies in the world has negative retained earnings on its balance sheet. Retained earnings can be confusing and the author does not serve readers well with her explanation.
On the positive side, Ms. Lowe does provide her readers with good general advice for investing.