Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Security Analysis” as Want to Read:
Security Analysis
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Security Analysis

4.29  ·  Rating Details ·  4,272 Ratings  ·  79 Reviews
"A road map for investing that I have now been following for 57 years."
--From the Foreword by Warren E. Buffett

First published in 1934, "Security Analysis" is one of the most influential financial books ever written. Selling more than one million copies through five editions, it has provided generations of investors with the timeless value investing philosophy and techniqu
Hardcover, Sixth Edition, 700 pages
Published September 1st 2008 by McGraw-Hill Education (first published 1962)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Security Analysis, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Security Analysis

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 3,000)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  Rating Details
Feb 06, 2011 Phillip rated it it was amazing
The 6th edition (which is the 75th anniversary of the 1st edition) has an absolutely wonderful and very heartfelt introduction by Buffett. This is actually a reprint of the 2nd edition but annotated by revered investors/academics, which I enjoyed. I have to warn this is basically a textbook and will come across as very dry. The first few times I read Graham I thought it was very dry but I've acclimated myself to him and now enjoy his writing. Graham is always very careful never to inject any fla ...more
Jan 28, 2009 Brian rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Reads very much like a textbook, but a must read for anybody considering stepping outside the world of mutual funds and actually investing in individual companies by using a value based approach. This book will provide the basic tools on how to evaluate the intrinsic value of a company, which is the first step in determining whether a security is a worthy investment. Certainly not an easy read, but well worth the time and effort.
Aug 24, 2014 Hamoon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm no investor, but I enjoy keeping up with the markets the same way some baseball fans like digging into stats and nerding out on numbers. And that's why I decided to pick up this book and start learning more about value investing from a classic source.

Holy crap, I couldn't put it down and was surprised at just how simple it was. Now I do have training and experience as an accountant, so I wasn't worried about jargon or complicated math... more often than not the math and terms used in the fi
Jul 22, 2015 Anna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: economy
A book that really touches the issue in detail, but it is still carrying old facts of 1920s-1940s. Hence its broad mention upon railroad issues, public utility is too stretched that I suspect would benefit little to the analysis of popular industries nowadays.

In my opinion the recent edition of "Intelligent Investor" does better in updating and put some footnotes to adjust the statements with the now condition. In this book, even one of the co-author added to this edition humbly admitted that h
Jul 07, 2010 Bill rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I feel like this book should be required reading before anyone is allowed to invest in the stock market
Brad Gillespie
Feb 17, 2015 Brad Gillespie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Extremely hard to read, but well worth it.
Jaroslav Tuček
Apr 10, 2016 Jaroslav Tuček rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The 6th edition is basically the 1940 2nd edition with a number of chapters, plus the appendix, removed to make room for contemporary commentary. The chapters are available as a separate download, nevertheless their omission is unfortunate as many of them are very informative and access to the separate material inconvenient. Certainly at least for the Kindle version, where size is not a concern, the omission is inexcusable -- and doubly so if you examine what it is that they have been left for.

Daniel Bratell
May 11, 2015 Daniel Bratell rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
Without a doubt Graham and Dodd were wise men and they would still be wise men. That makes this book interesting regardless of age, but it has lost some of its significance. Not because they are wrong but because the things they are pointing out is of much less relevance in a world where fixed income securities are not mainstay investments, and where fixed assets are less important to a company's wellbeing than it used to be.

So what is left? A lot of really wise advice of the general kind (see q
Kara Lane
Aug 20, 2014 Kara Lane rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I had always intended to read Security Analysis, but due to the size of the book (over 700 pages), I did not get around to reading it until around 2008. It was well worth the read. True, some of the examples are dated, like the emphasis on railroad securities and some old accounting rules, but the underlying principles still apply today.

The book emphasizes concepts, methods, standards, principles and logical reasoning, so it works in the current environment, just as it did when Graham and Dodd w
Alvin Lim
Sep 05, 2012 Alvin Lim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: investing-books
With nearly a million copies sold, "Security Analysis" has been continuously in print for more than sixty years. No investment book in history had either the immediate impact, or the long-term relevance and value, of its first edition in 1934. By 1951, seventeen years past its original publication and more than a decade beyond its revised and acclaimed 1940 second edition, authors Benjamin Graham and David Dodd had seen business and investment markets travel from the depths of Depression to the ...more
Joe Crane
Apr 30, 2016 Joe Crane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this book (and will be reading The Intelligent Investor) as they are the books that shaped Warren Buffett's career. This tome is thick and written in the 1920-30s, so it is a bit difficult to read; however, a careful reading will help an entrepreneur better understand how people can lie to you with financial statements. It was a seminal read for me and an important reading experience.

As someone who only invests in private companies and owns no public stocks, I was hoping for a bit more da
Vivek Rajan Vivek
Benjamin Graham is the god father of security analysis or investing if you may. This book is for the serious to very serious investor.

It's heavy - not just the reading but the book itself is hard to hold in one's hand and a lot of the examples are over half a century old.

Graham grew up poor and one incident that took place when he was little changed him forever. His mother was insulted by a banker who questioned her credit worthiness. That went deep into his psyche.

He married four times and spen
Iliya Polihronov
This book has more useful, practical and well reasoned information per page than anything else I've read about investing. It is however a heavy book, both figuratively and literally. It's doubtful whether you can appreciate all of it without already having some meaningful experience. Probably worth reading multiple times over ones investment career.
Kari Olfert
Nov 14, 2015 Kari Olfert rated it it was amazing
Security Analysis is not for the amateur or newbie investor wanna be. That being said, I didn't understand approximately 63% of it but the parts I did understand seem to me to be investing wisdom at its finest. If you are a seasoned investor, you will want to read this book and refine your skills. I'll come back to this one.
Feb 12, 2015 Kirill rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Очень странно написанная книга. Вроде бы для профессионалов, но все разжевано очень сильно. Очень много специфики рынка США 70ых и 80ых годов, книга совсем не обновлялась с того времени.
Прочитал начало, некоторые полезные вещи узнал, дальше только пролистал.
M.R. Raghu
Feb 03, 2016 M.R. Raghu rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely fantastic stuff especially by contributing authors like Warren Buffet, Seth Klarman, etc If you have spent some time in the investing arena and feel out of touch with concepts and thoughts, here we go...
George Jankovic
May 07, 2016 George Jankovic rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The bible of securities investing i.e. studying financial statements and investing in stocks. Written in the 1930s. Still unsurpassed.
Drew Johnson
Text book like covering a breadth of topics without much focus on any one thing. Good over view but not fun nor deep enough to fully engage
Denis Lipov
Aug 22, 2012 Denis Lipov rated it it was amazing
Great book for those who are interested in long-term investments.
Certain understanding of financial reporting is required.
Brian Zheng
Nov 09, 2013 Brian Zheng rated it it was amazing
About the edition:
I read the most recent 6th edition which is essentially an abridged 2nd edition plus some industry gurus' comments on each part and the relevance to today's investment. People also recommend replacing the first part of the 2nd edition with 3rd edition which is more detailed and comprehensive.

I think the 2nd edition flows better than the 3rd. It started with evaluation of company for bond investment and followed by the idea that stock evaluation should be built on the bond eva
Mar 30, 2008 William rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Oftentimes referred to as the best of the many editions, I wanted to read this version because it was released 10 years after the start of the Great Depression. The 'links' between investing after the 1920s offer some insights into a similar period as investing after the massive technology bubble of the 1990s.

Of course, we did not experience a global depression after the 1990s (due to Greenspan and the Greatest Global Boom of all time), but there are some common threads. In addition, Benjamin G
Steve Bradshaw
Not a waste of time, but much more dated than the Intelligent Investors. I thought much of the good work done by the Intelligent Investor was weakened by the sanctioning of speculation.

Also overly prescriptive and narrowly framed based on the valuation levels of the day. It's a little like reading the bible - some parts you can take literally (like say the crucifixion), others you can only take figuratively (like say the story of genesis or noah's ark) and others you must throw out entirely (li
Dec 02, 2013 Sean rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The bible of value investing, Security Analysis instructs readers on how to invest -- rather than speculate -- in fixed income and equity securities. The authors appropriately highlight the importance of identifying and investing in good businesses selling at attractive prices relative to their intrinsic valuation. Much of the text, however, gets caught up in lengthy examples that weigh down this tome. Overall, this book reads well although the Intelligent Investor -- also written by Graham and ...more
Read the classic version but found that the thoughts and standards of the time are far outdated from today's. The classic was written at a time when ticker tapes were in place, not when hundreds of billions of institutional funds move in and out of a country or industry equity sector within a week or 2. The principles are still true today as they were when they were first written, but context is what limits me from rating it a full 5!
Nov 10, 2008 Mike is currently reading it
A clear, oh-so-thorough review of a field in which I have little to no knowledge or expertise. If you have the patience to make it through, it represents a worldview that I find very interesting--you can follow the paper trail to very what has happened, to understand a group of people's decision making in the present, and to make educated guesses as to what could happen in the future. Fascinating.
Czytałam znacznie dłużej, niż Regulamin tłoczni win Irvinga, i to pokazuje mój stosunek do tej książki. Trochę za dużo tu polityki USA z czasów wojny w Wietnamie, trochę za dużo tajemnic na siłę rozwiązywanych w ostatnim momencie i te dłużyzny mnie znudziły. Ale ostatecznie przeczytałam, bo język jednak Irving ma piękny i gładko prowadzi opowieść.
Tom Wallace
Mar 31, 2009 Tom Wallace rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The examples tend to be from the 1930's. Just surviving this period in the securities business was a major accomplishment. Simple mean reversion didn't work very well -- anyone who tried it was already gone. Meanwhile the examples are excellent.
Especially the selections on 1920's mortgage backed securities -- yea they had them.
Aaron Rinehart
Great knowledge from the Master Benjamin Graham himself but a very hard book to get through. I would read War and Peace twice again before attempting to battle through it again. But don't get me wrong he is the founder of value investing and Warren Buffet's Teacher!
Tyson Strauser
Nov 23, 2014 Tyson Strauser rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
While this may the most commonly cited first book on most value investors shelves I will say that after getting about half way through you'll get the gist. Margin of safety through a disciplined valuation framework is necessary to sustainable returns
Andrew Endicott
Feb 07, 2009 Andrew Endicott rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm probably the only person I know that could enjoy this book, but nonetheless, I found it very entertaining, despite its length. Don't read this unless you are very interested in the capital markets, though. It would be very boring.
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 99 100 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
  • Common Stocks and Uncommon Profits and Other Writings
  • The Aggressive Conservative Investor
  • Margin of Safety: Risk-Averse Value Investing Strategies for the Thoughtful Investor
  • Financial Shenanigans: How to Detect Accounting Gimmicks & Fraud in Financial Reports
  • Value Investing: From Graham to Buffett and Beyond
  • Quality of Earnings
  • Theory of Investment Value
  • You Can Be a Stock Market Genius: Uncover the Secret Hiding Places of Stock Market Profits
  • The Art of Short Selling
  • The Dhandho Investor: The Low-Risk Value Method to High Returns
  • The Essays of Warren Buffett: Lessons for Corporate America
  • The Little Book of Value Investing
  • Buffettology: The Previously Unexplained Techniques That Have Made Warren Buffett the World's Most Famous Investor
  • Contrarian Investment Strategies: The Classic Edition
  • More Than You Know: Finding Financial Wisdom in Unconventional Places
  • One Up On Wall Street: How To Use What You Already Know To Make Money In The Market
  • The Warren Buffett Portfolio: Mastering the Power of the Focus Investment Strategy
  • Value Investing: Tools and Techniques for Intelligent Investment

Goodreads is hiring!

If you like books and love to build cool products, we may be looking for you.
Learn more »
Benjamin Graham (May 8, 1894 – September 21, 1976) was an American economist and professional investor. Graham is considered the first proponent of value investing, an investment approach he began teaching at Columbia Business School in 1928 and subsequently refined with David Dodd through various editions of their famous book Security Analysis. Disciples of value investing include Jean-Marie Evei ...more
More about Benjamin Graham...

Share This Book

“In other words, the market is not a weighing machine, on which the value of each issue is recorded by an exact and impersonal mechanism, in accordance with its specific qualities. Rather should we say that the market is a voting machine, whereon countless individuals register choices which are the product partly of reason and partly of emotion.” 1 likes
“One example of a high-tech company that submits to a Graham type of analysis is Though it does business exclusively on the Web, Amazon is essentially a retailer, and it may be evaluated in the same way as Wal-Mart, Sears, and so forth. The question, as always, is, does the business provide an adequate margin of safety at a given market price. For much of Amazon’s short life, the stock was wildly overpriced. But when the dot-com bubble burst, its securities collapsed. Buffett himself bought Amazon’s deeply discounted bonds after the crash, when there was much fearful talk that Amazon was headed for bankruptcy. The bonds subsequently rose to par, and Buffett made a killing.” 1 likes
More quotes…