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Modern Security Analysis: Understanding Wall Street Fundamentals

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A legendary value investor on security analysis for a modern era This book outlines Whitman's approach to business and security analysis that departs from most conventional security analysts. This approach has more in common with corporate finance than it does with the conventional approach. The key factors in appraising a company and its securities: 1) Credit worthiness, ...more
Hardcover, 480 pages
Published May 20th 2013 by John Wiley & Sons (first published May 2nd 2013)
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todd
Jul 16, 2013 todd rated it really liked it
Marty Whitman is a legend in value investing. 88 years young and still forcefully explaining how markets aren't always efficient and how disciplined analysis and purchasing are the keys to long-term investment sense. Throughout the book he points to what he believes are serious flaws or oversimplifications among modern portfolio theorists on the one hand and Graham and Dodd on the other. Since the latter pair have long departed the scene, there's no chance for them to come back and say, "Of ...more
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Jun 19, 2016 Mathias rated it really liked it
A good compilation of Whitman's ideas. His magnum opus of sort. Having read his earlier books, you realize this is just an updated combination of earlier material, and some parts with serious repetition. But that doesn't take away from the quality and insightfulness of his work. To the contrary, it gives you an opportunity to truly understand and remember the ideas (altough some parts feel like he's physically hammers it into your head).
I would recommend this to all serious investors and busine
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Jun 24, 2014 Mike Jaksa rated it liked it
More of a textbook. Good tactics and outlines new things to consider before investment decision but did not fit my current needs. Still excited to read Whitman's "Aggressive Conservative Investor" though.
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