Common Stocks and Uncommon Profits

  • by Philip A. Fisher
  • Narrated by George Guidall
  • 3 hrs and 0 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

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.

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What the Critics Say

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

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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.
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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.
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- Thomas

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-27-2001
  • Publisher: Penton Overseas