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The Intelligent Investor: The Definitive Book on Value Investing

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Among the library of investment books promising no-fail strategies for riches, Benjamin Graham's classic, The Intelligent Investor, offers no guarantees or gimmicks but overflows with the wisdom at the core of all good portfolio management.
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A classic still relevant to new traders
You have to remember that this is a classic, timeless book that has been updated throughout the years. It's probably the most prolific investment book out there. It's interesting to see how some things haven't changed 50 years later. The first few chapters contain information that would benefit nearly any type of trader. They provide a clear picture of how Wall Street operates, despite what you may see on TV or read in the papers. I found some of the material unrelated because I am more interested in futures. I found the author's application of a personality to the market as "Mr. Market" very relatable. I can't help but think about this market this way as I trade. Overall, this book has made me a better, more cautious trader.

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Must read for everyone involved with the stock market
Must read for everyone doing some kind of business on the stock market.

Although I am focused on day- and swing trading this helps you understand the market much better.

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Excellent
This review is based on reading the book in one day, and so not really having time to put into practice what Graham recommends. I'm however reviewing the text and style of the book, which is superb.

Good information and analysis, the web references are invaluable, and very balanced synopsis of the past performance of the market. What I would suggest for future revisions is the updating of the market's performance since 1972, upon which the original text is based. It's somewhat disconcerting to be reading about events that occurred almost 30 years ago in the conext of today's market.

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Good start for a new investor
I suppose it's dependent on the personal philosophy and nature of investors, but out of the highly recommend books on Amazon such as Common Stocks.., One up on Wall Street, Essays of Buffet, or A Random Walk..., the Intelligent Investor is probably my least favorite book.

I found the writing to be a bit obtuse. I think the reason many people found Graham's writing so clear is that in comparison to many business texts, it doesn't use fluffy business speak that's just too common. However, the writing is on the same level as reading an obscure manual on repairing televisions. It assumes a certain type of audience.

Undeniably, Graham's original examples are harder to relate to, because the mentioned companies don't have as much ring to them as say Zweig's examples. It's argued that the examples are timeless, so being outdated shouldn't matter. However, it's harder to see the timelessness if the reader can't relate to the companies. Zweig's commentary is very useful, because it takes an interpretive approach to modern examples helping to illustrate Graham's principles.

Despite my criticisms, I still have high respect for this book. Mr. Market, Margin of Safety, Intrinsic Value, Portfolio Allocation, and much more are lessons every reader should acquire from the book. Afterwards, the knowledge from such a text should help the reader develop a stronger investment strategy/philosophy.

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Makes you think differently
This book definitely made me appreciate investing more. It's a good read because the author is Warren Buffet's mentor. You cannot go wrong with that!

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A Bit obtuse
I suppose it's dependent on the personal philosophy and nature of investors, but out of the highly recommend books on Amazon such as Common Stocks.., One up on Wall Street, Essays of Buffet, or A Random Walk..., the Intelligent Investor is probably my least favorite book.

I found the writing to be a bit obtuse. I think the reason many people found Graham's writing so clear is that in comparison to many business texts, it doesn't use fluffy business speak that's just too common. However, the writing is on the same level as reading an obscure manual on repairing televisions. It assumes a certain type of audience.

Undeniably, Graham's original examples are harder to relate to, because the mentioned companies don't have as much ring to them as say Zweig's examples. It's argued that the examples are timeless, so being outdated shouldn't matter. However, it's harder to see the timelessness if the reader can't relate to the companies. Zweig's commentary is very useful, because it takes an interpretive approach to modern examples helping to illustrate Graham's principles.

Despite my criticisms, I still have high respect for this book. Mr. Market, Margin of Safety, Intrinsic Value, Portfolio Allocation, and much more are lessons every reader should acquire from the book. Afterwards, the knowledge from such a text should help the reader develop a stronger investment strategy/philosophy.

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