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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)

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Wiley; 2 edition (21 August 2003)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 320 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0471445509
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0471445500
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 15.24 x 2.54 x 22.61 cm
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I have always wondered, as to why does Warren buffet buy certain stocks, while avoiding equally good others ? If you read this book you will know for sure. Recommended by Buffet himself this book is one of the classics, as you already probably know. Although it is dated in some sense, however the core message remains quite relevant even in today's time, as much it did perhaps 70 years ago, when the book was originally written.

Philips Fisher introduces the reader with the "Scuttlebutt" approach to stock picking, quite early on in the book. As you move further he buttress his views with data and practical example. He begins by saying that the best time to sell a stock is "never" which he practiced himself when he held the stocks of Motorola, Texas Instrument and Raychem for the entirety fo his life, although his son in the preface admits that by the end of his fathers career, he had become recalcitrant to the new stock while solely focusing on the above mentioned three top stocks.

The book can be surmised by the following philosophies :
1. Growth companies : The company should be in a growth sector meaning it sales should grow to perpetuity.
2. New Growth : The company should be able to find new avenues of growth if the current lines dry up, either through Research and Development or through inorganic acquisitions.
3. Moat : There should be sufficient barriers to entry in the product line up to prevent other players from entering the same market and usurping the incumbent player (think IPhone).

Apart from these key message he also belabours upon the "Scuttlebutt" approach most of which I found to be quite irrelevant for retail investors, because this approach requires deep understanding of the company, its management, its customers, its debtors et al. He advices the investor to speak to the management, employees and customer and get a good sense of the culture and challenges. Also there is a focus on labour/unions. Although the book is written in a different time and most of the companies discussed perhaps don't even exist today, I still found this book to be quite refreshing to read.

It is a great book foe novice and Professionals alike. It is a must have in your library. It reinforces the philosophy of "value investing" in the fast paced world of "automated trading". Enjoy !
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