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4.0 out of 5 stars Like all 'little books', it is a good warm up, but definitely not comprehensive, July 30, 2010
This review is from: The Little Book of Big Dividends: A Safe Formula for Guaranteed Returns (Hardcover)
As a young investment manager I like readable books that I can read in the evenings that can explain concepts clearly and simplify things where appropriate as opposed to the textbooks I'm familiar with which are heavy on theory but weak on application. This book is such a book but with limitations.

As an investor who does not believe in relying on other peoples' models unless I can actually see what goes into a model, this book is a good starting place for understanding the fundamentals of dividend centric investment strategies for your own creative thinking process.

BUT do realise that an important aspect of Mr. Carlson's valuation methodology lies in his Quadrix score generation which is obviously a complex multi level model which he explains only at the simplest level, if you want to use Carlson's formula for picking dividend stocks, you MUST rely on the assumption that his Quadrix model will continue to beat the market based on the evidence that he has presented. Then you MUST only pick from the free data available at his website or PAY for the Quadrix data or RELY on his stock picks.

Personally, I feel this book is worth the money I paid for it just because it gives me a basic understanding into his methodology as well as a updated (weekly) list of stocks he picks using his Quadrix method. I intend to look into his stock picks but I will use my own analysis, relying on black box models always gives me the creeps...

In conclusion,

This is a good book on fundamental dividend stock valuation technique, a computer savvy investor familiar with market valuation techniques might be able to take his hints and formulate his own model but the average investor will need to either pay for the Quadrix scores or rely on the free scores available for a certain amount of stocks. He also provides alternatives to his Quadrix model but overall the key item to finding strong dividend stocks in the method that he would is kept away from us.

Whether this is fair given the cost of the book, I leave to you to decide.

Ben Phua

All in all a decent book if you take the advice with a grain of salt and common sense.
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Initial post: Jan 1, 2012, 9:52:18 AM PST
Gail N. says:
Here is the information you seek: http://www.dowtheory.com/quadrix_explained.asp
Note, the creators of the score specifically state this model only helps you find potential investments and is not the only tool one should apply when picking a stock.
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