Common Stocks and Uncommon Profits and Other Writings, Paperback Book

Common Stocks and Uncommon Profits and Other Writings Paperback

Part of the Wiley Investment Classics series

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Widely respected and admired, Philip Fisher is among the most influential investors of all time.

His investment philosophies, introduced almost forty years ago, are not only studied and applied by today's financiers and investors, but are also regarded by many as gospel.

This book is invaluable reading and has been since it was first published in 1958.

The updated paperback retains the investment wisdom of the original edition and includes the perspectives of the author's son Ken Fisher, an investment guru in his own right in an expanded preface and introduction "I sought out Phil Fisher after reading his Common Stocks and Uncommon Profits...A thorough understanding of the business, obtained by using Phil's techniques...enables one to make intelligent investment commitments." Warren Buffet


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 320 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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  • Category: Investment & securities
  • ISBN: 9780471445500

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It's rare of me to give a business/economics book a decent review, but Fisher's saving grace is that he gave "scuttlebut" and "insider information" proper due without bullshipping people about analysis and trends.

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This is the classic - standard - book on investing. It is a testament to the definitive treatment investing receives here that this book, written in the mid-1940s, is still considered to be one of the most important books an investor could read. This is particularly true for the modern investor, who is able to conduct virtually all stock transactions at home, via computer and the internet, without having to turn to a stock broker to perform all trades.<B>Fisher</B>'s "15 points" are an excellent summary of what to look for if you want to make serious, long-term, profitable investments in business. The book is not for the "day trader," or the investor who is out to make a quick killing in the market - it is for the serious investor, the one who wants to own part of a company, and through that ownership produce long-term income and wealth.The book has been updated (by <B>Fisher</B>'s son, no less), and some of the companies discussed as examples may be somewhat out of date, but - on the whole - the principles apply at all times and for all companies one might be considering investing in.It is a lively - if sometimes a bit wordy - discussion. <B>Fisher</B> clearly knew what he was writing about, and was clearly trying to pass on important information to the reader. If you want to take on the stock market, you had best be familiar with the principles espoused in this text.

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