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Common Stocks and Uncommon Profits | [Philip A. Fisher]

Common Stocks and Uncommon Profits

One of the most important works ever written on investment theory, Common Stocks and Uncommon Profits lays out the fundamental principles of intelligent investing.
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Publisher's Summary

One of the most important works ever written on investment theory, Common Stocks and Uncommon Profits lays out the fundamental principles of intelligent investing. Widely respected and admired, Philip Fisher is among the most influential investors of all time. His investment philosophies are not only studied and applied by today's finance professionals, but are also regarded by many as gospel. He is a pioneer of modern investment theory.

©1986 by Philip A. Fisher; Published by Arrangement with John Wiley & Sons, Inc.; (P)2000 by Penton Overseas, Inc. Published by Penton Overseas, Inc. and Audio Scholar, Inc.

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"I am an eager reader of whatever Phil [Fisher] has to say, and I recommend him to you". (Warren Buffett)

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    Thomas WindsorUnited Kingdom 02-15-05
    Thomas WindsorUnited Kingdom 02-15-05 Member Since 2004
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    "Some useful ideas, some less so"

    This book provides some interesting ideas on how to manage your investments, but as another reviewer has already stated, some of the strategies are not easy for the individual investor to employ. I don't think I'll be able to meet the bankers of the companies I am investing in anytime soon!

    So, I would not put this at the top of my list of investing books to recommend, but do not completely pan it either. The author does espouse a long term investment strategy and offers what appears to be some sound advice for choosing investments. One particular bit of advice was a set of 14 points, some of which can be used as a screen to look for potential investments.

    If you have not read (or listened to) "One Up on Wall Street" by Peter Lynch, that is a work I highly recommend.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Jan Fullerton, CA, USA 03-18-03
    Jan Fullerton, CA, USA 03-18-03 Member Since 2001
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    "Uncommonly Technical"

    I picked this book based on its 5-star rating and my own dismal performance in selecting stocks for my retirement portfolio. If this is your motivation, you'll want to take a pass on this book. Helpful advice included: 1. Calling the corporation's competitors to find out what "warts" plagued the company, or 2. Speaking directly with the corporation's officers and/or directors to obtain information on a firsthand basis. Neither of these actions are practical or even possible.

    43 of 62 people found this review helpful
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    kris SONORA, CA, United States 02-08-14
    kris SONORA, CA, United States 02-08-14 Member Since 2012
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    "a must read for a long term investor"
    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    The author identifies 15 characteristics of good companies for investment in companies that can pay off big over 25 years. Identification of good management is a key theme.


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    If a company is to grow a few hundred percent or more, much more, over 25 years, does it really matter that much if you pay an extra 50 cents per share now? That, let us say 1.5% higher price on a good company that will continue to grow could cost a few hundred percent. Good companies rarely fall to bargain prices.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is one of Warren Buffet's favorites, and when it comes to the recommendation within to perform "Skuttlebutt", Warren certainly does. It is a good companion to The Intelligent Investor, another classic worth re-reading.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    William SALEM, OREGON, United States 01-27-13
    William SALEM, OREGON, United States 01-27-13
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    "Informative and organized; listen on fast"
    Would you listen to Common Stocks and Uncommon Profits again? Why?

    Yes... it is easier to get it all if you listen to a book like this more than once. The narrator's voice lacked much energy, and that made it hard to keep focused and listen. I undoubtedly missed several things and am listening to it again. I found that if you set the setting to 'fast' on your player, it makes it a bit easier to pay attention.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Early in the book, Mr. Fisher lays out his 15 principles. After that, he can continue to refer back to them throughout the text as needed.


    What aspect of George Guidall’s performance would you have changed?

    Increase the energy (significantly). The narrator seemed very bored with the material, and it showed.


    Any additional comments?

    I would rate this an high beginner/low intermediate for investors. Some of the information is relatively outdated (individual investors rarely go talk to management, and information is much easier to come by via the Internet and Regulation FD than finding employees or suppliers to visit with, for example), but the principles are still quite good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Robbie Seattle, WA, United States 09-27-12
    Robbie Seattle, WA, United States 09-27-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Investment wisdom, superbly stated"
    If you could sum up Common Stocks and Uncommon Profits in three words, what would they be?

    Thought through, engaging!


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    It's not really what's said that's so different from other books of this type, but that this very commonsense approach is so thoughtfully and wonderfully stated. Very, very well-crafted.


    What about George Guidall’s performance did you like?

    I'm partial. George Guidall, who, to me, is at the top of my list of narrators (this is one of many audio books I've heard him narrate), brings the incredible dramatic skill that can narrate a classic like The Iliad, to a book of finance. Yes, this is a classic investment text, but I can never minimize how George Guidall can make a book, even one that might seem dry to some, come across with power and weight.


    What insight do you think you’ll apply from Common Stocks and Uncommon Profits?

    Stock investing for uncommon profits is hard work, but if approached with serious intent, as well as perseverance, it is a possibility. For those who find this intellectually stimulating, it just might be a possibility working hard for.


    Any additional comments?

    The only obstacle to giving this an overall 5 stars is that the ideas are not groundbreaking. It's as if I'd heard these thoughts expressed before, but never this well stated.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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