Common Stocks And Uncommon Profits

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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 ofmodern investment thinking," and a "giant" by investment wizardWarren Buffett, Philip Fisher is one of the most influentialinvestors of all time. Admired for his investment success, he iseven more widely respected for his sound investmentphilosophies—philosophies that have withstood the test ofalmost forty years and that are regarded as gospel by the investorsof today. These ...

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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 ofmodern investment thinking," and a "giant" by investment wizardWarren Buffett, Philip Fisher is one of the most influentialinvestors of all time. Admired for his investment success, he iseven more widely respected for his sound investmentphilosophies—philosophies that have withstood the test ofalmost forty years and that are regarded as gospel by the investorsof today. These principles and theories were introduced by Fisherin Common Stocks and Uncommon Profits. Initially published in 1958,it is today considered an invaluable reference for investmentsuccess. Now, for the first time, a new, single edition brings thistimeless classic together with the investment wisdom and insightoffered in Fisher’s other acclaimed writings—ConservativeInvestors Sleep Well and Developing an Investment Philosophy. Asthe first to consider a stock’s worth in terms of potentialgrowth rather than price trends and absolute value, Fisher laid thefoundation for many of today’s popular investment beliefs. Hisprinciples of selecting long-term growth stocks for their emergingvalue over short-term trades for initial profit continue to bestudied and applied by today’s top finance professionals. InCommon Stocks and Uncommon Profits, Fisher shares his philosophy,offering valuable insights into the most fundamental and importantaspects of buying and selling stock. Here are solid guidelines onwhen and what to buy, sound reasons for selling common stock, aswell as critical information on profit margins and dividends. Thereis also Fisher’s famous list of Top-Ten "Don’ts" forinvestors, complete with warnings against buying into promotionalcompanies, over-stressing diversification, following the crowd, andbuying stock just for the "tone" of its annual report. As an idealcomplement to Common Stocks and Uncommon Profits, ConservativeInvestors Sleep Well and Developing an Investment Philosophyexplore, respectively, the myriad intricacies of conservativeinvestments and the genesis of Fisher’s unique philosophy.Both selections offer further insight into the wisdom of this greatinvestor. As indispensable today as when they were first published,these classic writings provide keys to investment success whichevery investor will relish.

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Editorial Reviews

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: 9780471119289
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 5/28/1996
  • Series: Wiley Investment Classics Series , #6
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 234,581
  • Product dimensions: 0.81 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 6.00 (d)

Meet the Author

PHILIP A. FISHER began his career as a securities analyst in 1928,and founded Fisher & Company, an investment counselingbusiness, in 1931. He is known as one of the pioneers of moderninvestment theory.

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Table of Contents

Partial table of contents:

COMMON STOCKS AND UNCOMMON PROFITS.

Clues from the Past.

When to Buy.

The Hullabaloo About Dividends.

How I Go About Finding a Growth Stock.

CONSERVATIVE INVESTORS SLEEP WELL.

The First Dimension of a Conservative Investment—Superiority inProduction, Marketing, Research, and Financial Skills.

The Second Dimension—The People Factor.

The Third Dimension—Investment.

The Fourth Dimension—Price of a Conservative Investment.

DEVELOPING AN INVESTMENT PHILOSOPHY.

Origins of a Philosophy.

Learning from Experience.

The Philosophy Matures.

Key Factors in Evaluating Promising Firms.

Appendix.

Index.

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