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Common Stocks and Uncommon Profits and Other Writings

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ISBN-10: 047111927X

ISBN-13: 9780471119272

Edition: 1996

Authors: Philip A. Fisher

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List price: $19.95
Copyright year: 1996
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 6/7/1996
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

Philip A. Fisher began his career as a securities analyst in 1928 and founded Fisher & Company, an investment counseling business, in 1931. He is known as one of the pioneers of modern investment theory. Kenneth L. Fisher writes the "Portfolio Strategy" column for Forbes magazine and serves as Chairman and Chief Investment Officer of Fisher Investments, Inc., a firm that manages financial assets for institutions and high-net-worth individuals around the world.

Preface: What I Learned from My Father's Writings
Introduction
Common Stocks and Uncommon Profits
Preface
Clues from the Past
What "Scuttlebutt" Can Do
What to Buy: The Fifteen Points to Look for in a Common Stock
What to Buy: Applying This to Your Own Needs
When to Buy
When to Sell: And When Not To
The Hullabaloo about Dividends
Five Don'ts for Investors
Five More Don'ts for Investors
How I Go about Finding a Growth Stock
Summary and Conclusion
Conservative Investors Sleep Well
Epigraph
Introduction
The First Dimension of a Conservative Investment
The Second Dimension
The Third Dimension
The Fourth Dimension
More about the Fourth Dimension
Still More about the Fourth Dimension
Developing an Investment Philosophy
Dedication to Frank E. Block
Origins of a Philosophy
The Birth of Interest
Formative Experiences
First Lessons in the School of Experience
Building the Basics
The Great Bear Market
A Chance to Do My Thing
From Disaster, Opportunity Springs
A Foundation Is Formed
Learning from Experience
Food Machinery as an Investment Opportunity
Zigging and Zagging
Contrary, but Correct
Patience and Performance
To Every Rule, There Are Exceptions ... But Not Many
An Experiment with Market Timing
Reaching for Price, Foregoing Opportunity
The Philosophy Matures
E Pluribus Unum
History versus Opportunity
Lessons from the Vintage Years
Do Few Things Well
Stay or Sell in Anticipation of Possible Market Downturns?
In and Out May Be Out of the Money
The Long Shadow of Dividends
Is the Market Efficient?
The Fallacy of the Efficient Market
The Raychem Corporation
Raychem, Dashed Expectations, and the Crash
Raychem and the Efficient Market
Conclusion
Key Factors in Evaluating Promising Firms
Functional Factors
People Factors
Business Characteristics
Index