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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 Fisher's famous list of Top-Ten "Don'ts" 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.
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Editorial Reviews

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..
John Train
My own copy [of Common Stocks and Uncommon Profits] has underlinings and marginal thoughts throughout..
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471246091
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/1/1997
  • Series: Wiley Investment Classics Series , #16
  • Edition description: Limited
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 182
  • Product dimensions: 5.96 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.76 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: What I Learned from My Father's Writings
Pt. 1 Common Stocks and Uncommon Profits 1
Ch. 1 Clues from the Past 6
Ch. 2 What "Scuttlebutt" Can Do 16
Ch. 3 What to Buy - The Fifteen Points to Look for in a Common Stock 19
Ch. 4 What to Buy - Applying This to Your Own Needs 51
Ch. 5 When to Buy 61
Ch. 6 When to Sell - and When Not to 77
Ch. 7 The Hullabaloo about Dividends 86
Ch. 8 Five Don'ts for Investors 96
Ch. 9 Five More Don'ts for Investors 108
Ch. 10 How I Go about Finding a Growth Stock 136
Ch. 11 Summary and Conclusion 147
Pt. 2 Conservative Investors Sleep Well 149
Ch. 1 The First Dimension of a Conservative Investment - Superiority in Production, Marketing, Research, and Financial Skills 154
Ch. 2 The Second Dimension - The People Factor 161
Ch. 3 The Third Dimension - Investment Characteristics of Some Businesses 172
Ch. 4 The Fourth Dimension - Price of a Conservative Investment 181
Ch. 5 More About the Fourth Dimension 187
Ch. 6 Still More About the Fourth Dimension 192
Pt. 3 Developing an Investment Philosophy 201
Dedication to Frank E. Block 202
Ch. 1 Origins of a Philosophy 203
Ch. 2 Learning from Experience 214
Ch. 3 The Philosophy Matures 228
Ch. 4 Is the Market Efficient? 243
Appendix: Key Factors in Evaluating Promising Firms 256
Index 261
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