Common Stocks and Uncommon Profits and Other Writings (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...

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Overview

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

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Editorial Reviews

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"...written by American Investment genius.... We are delighted to have the opportunity to reproduce an extract from this classic, recently reissued..." (Financial Director, November 2003)

"...these updated classics are packed with investment wisdom..." (What Investment, November 2003)

John Train
My own copy [of Common Stocks and Uncommon Profits] has underlinings and marginal thoughts throughout..
Warren Buffett
I sought out Phil Fisher after reading his Common Stocks and Uncommon Profits...When I met him, I was impressed by the man as by his ideas. A thorough understanding of the business, obtained by using Phil's techniques...enable one to make intelligent investment commitments..
James W. Michaels
Little known to the public, rarely interviewed and accepting few clients, Philip Fisher is nevertheless read and studied by most thoughtful investment professionals . . . everyone will profit from pondering—as Warren Buffett has done—the investment principles Fisher espouses..
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471445500
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 8/22/2003
  • Series: Wiley Investment Classics Series , #40
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 52,038
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.07 (h) x 0.85 (d)

Meet the Author

Philip A. Fisher began his career as a securities analyst in 1928 and founded Fisher & Company, an investment counseling business, in 1931. He is known as one of the pioneers of modern investment theory.
Kenneth L. Fisher writes the "Portfolio Strategy" column for Forbes magazine and serves as Chairman and Chief Investment Officer of Fisher Investments, Inc., a firm that manages financial assets for institutions and high-net-worth individuals around the world.

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Table of Contents

Preface: What I Learned from My Father’s Writings (Kenneth L. Fisher).

Introduction (Kenneth L. Fisher).

PART ONE: COMMON STOCKS AND UNCOMMON PROFITS.

Preface.

1. Clues from the Past.

2. What “Scuttlebutt” Can Do.

3. What to Buy:The Fifteen Points to Look for in a Common Stock.

4. What to Buy: Applying This to Your Own Needs.

5. When to Buy.

6. When to Sell: And When Not To.

7. The Hullabaloo about Dividends.

8. Five Don’ts for Investors.

9. Five More Don’ts for Investors.

10. How I Go about Finding a Growth Stock.

11. Summary and Conclusion.

PART TWO: CONSERVATIVE INVESTORS SLEEP WELL.

Epigraph.

Introduction.

1. The First Dimension of a Conservative Investment.

2. The Second Dimension.

3. The Third Dimension.

4. The Fourth Dimension.

5. More about the Fourth Dimension.

6. Still More about the Fourth Dimension.

PART THREE: DEVELOPING AN INVESTMENT PHILOSOPHY.

Dedication to Frank E. Block.

1. Origins of a Philosophy.

The Birth of Interest.

Formative Experiences.

First Lessons in the School of Experience.

Building the Basics.

The Great Bear Market.

A Chance to Do My Thing.

From Disaster, Opportunity Springs.

A Foundation Is Formed.

2. Learning from Experience.

Food Machinery as an Investment Opportunity.

Zigging and Zagging.

Contrary, but Correct.

Patience and Performance.

To Every Rule,There Are Exceptions . . . But Not Many.

An Experiment with Market Timing.

Reaching for Price, Foregoing Opportunity.

3. The Philosophy Matures.

E Pluribus Unum.

History versus Opportunity.

Lessons from the Vintage Years.

Do Few Things Well.

Stay or Sell in Anticipation of Possible Market Downturns?

In and Out May Be Out of the Money.

The Long Shadow of Dividends.

4. Is the Market Efficient?

The Fallacy of the Efficient Market.

The Raychem Corporation.

Raychem, Dashed Expectations, and the Crash.

Raychem and the Efficient Market.

Conclusion.

Appendix: Key Factors in Evaluating Promising Firms.

Functional Factors.

People Factors.

Business Characteristics.

Index.

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  • Posted June 8, 2011

    Extremely Educational

    This is one of my favorite investing book.

    Fisher does an amazing job at teaching novice investors what to look for when evaluating a company.

    What's more amazing is every time I pick up this book, I learn something and I have read it at least five times already.

    Highly recommended!

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  • Posted February 22, 2011

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    Classic guide to conservative, but profitable, stock selection and investment

    In 1958, for the first time, an investment guide made The New York Times' bestseller list. Since then, that book, Philip A. Fisher's Common Stocks and Uncommon Profits has become a classic of the personal finance genre, educating students and influencing top investors such as Warren Buffet. More than half a century after its publication, Fisher's advice on doing your homework so you can select long-term growth stocks still resonates. While some of the companies he refers to are long gone, many are still thriving, and though some of his examples evoke nostalgia (in 1958, for instance, color TV was new), he presciently calls for the coming of flat screen television. The book, which also includes Fisher's later writings, shows how he teased out great insights by asking companies "What are you doing that your competitors aren't doing yet?" getAbstract recommends this seminal classic on investing to business students, rookie securities analysts and private investors.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 19, 2005

    GOOD MATERIAL

    I USED IT FOR MY THESIS WORK AS A REFERENCE MATERIAL.VERY USEFUL AND HAS A LOT OF INFORMATION.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2000

    A great book

    This is one of the finest books that I read regarding investing companies, that not just has a great balance sheet, but a company that has a great management team to manage your investment. Fisher's insights illustrates the importance of investing in stocks for the long-term, not for quick profits.

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