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Common Stocks and Uncommon Profits and Other Writings (Wiley Investment Classics) Paperback – June 7, 1996
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Regarded as one of the pioneers of modern investment theory, Philip A. Fisher's investment principles are studied and used by contemporary finance professionals including Warren Buffett. Fisher was the first to consider a stock's worth in terms of potential growth instead of just price trends and absolute value. His principles espouse identifying long-term growth stocks and their emerging value as opposed to choosing short-term trades for initial profit. First published in 1958, this investment classic is considered a must-read as the foundation for many of today's popular investment beliefs.
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Common Stocks and Uncommon Profits and Other Writings by Philip A. Fisher Hailed by Forbes magazine as "one of the seminal figures of modern investment thinking," and a "giant" by investment wizard Warren Buffett, Philip Fisher is one of the most influential investors of all time. Admired for his investment success, he is even more widely respected for his sound investment philosophiesphilosophies that have withstood the test of almost forty years and that are regarded as gospel by the investors of today. These principles and theories were introduced by Fisher in Common Stocks and Uncommon Profits. Initially published in 1958, it is today considered an invaluable reference for investment success. Now, for the first time, a new, single edition brings this timeless classic together with the investment wisdom and insight offered in Fishers other acclaimed writingsConservative Investors Sleep Well and Developing an Investment Philosophy. As the first to consider a stocks worth in terms of potential growth rather than price trends and absolute value, Fisher laid the foundation for many of todays popular investment beliefs. His principles of selecting long-term growth stocks for their emerging value over short-term trades for initial profit continue to be studied and applied by todays top finance professionals. In Common Stocks and Uncommon Profits, Fisher shares his philosophy, offering valuable insights into the most fundamental and important aspects of buying and selling stock. Here are solid guidelines on when and what to buy, sound reasons for selling common stock, as well as critical information on profit margins and dividends. There is also Fishers famous list of Top-Ten "Donts" for investors, complete with warnings against buying into promotional companies, over-stressing diversification, following the crowd, and buying stock just for the "tone" of its annual report. As an ideal complement to Common Stocks and Uncommon Profits, Conservative Investors Sleep Well and Developing an Investment Philosophy explore, respectively, the myriad intricacies of conservative investments and the genesis of Fishers unique philosophy. Both selections offer further insight into the wisdom of this great investor. As indispensable today as when they were first published, these classic writings provide keys to investment success which every investor will relish. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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The version of the book that I read contains a preface and introduction by his son, Kenneth L. Fisher, himself an investment advisor of note. He points out that his father held on to some of his stocks too long, an important factor for any investor to consider. Deciding what and when to buy is much easier than deciding when to sell because selling involves having to disentangle oneself from an emotional commitment to a stock, especially to one that you may have owned for a long time.