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Security Analysis Principles and Technique

Graham, Benjamin and David L. Dodd

Published by McGraw-Hill Companies/ Whittlesea House, New York, 1940
ISBN 10: 0070239576 / ISBN 13: 9780070239579
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Title: Security Analysis Principles and Technique

Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies/ Whittlesea House, New York

Publication Date: 1940

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Near Fine

Edition: Second Edition; Sixth.

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Small, thick and squat octovo hardcover in fine navy cloth cover, bright-crisp gilt lettering on spine, the binding is Square and tight, all edges knife-sharp, pages very bright and unfoxed, the cover has no discernable wear, prior owner name (small) on lightly toned endpaper, else NFINE, no dj. Very solid and handsome copy, looks great on the shelf, now in heavy mylar wrap. 851pp; a very decent early edition of this economic/investment classic which is still very relevant. Bookseller Inventory # 22158

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Synopsis: Originally published in 1934, and revised five times, this is an investment text used by many world wide. This collector's version edition, leather slipcase bound, allows today's investor to read Graham's original theories undiluted by other re-writes from other thinkers.

From the Author: Security Analysis is the bible of fundamental analysis. Originally published in 1934, the tome systematically lays bare the science of security analysis. Written with the assistance of cowriter David Dodd, Benjamin Graham's intellectual tour de force has yet to be equaled in the annals of investing. Written only a few years after the devastating stock market crash of 1929, Graham had one objective--to make the investment process as safe as possible using knowledge of key factors about the business.

Beginning with bonds and moving quickly to stocks, Graham and Dodd go over all of the angles. Articulating a comprehensive theory of fixed-value and common stock investment, they examine in detail the various factors that one should consider when valuing securities. Dividends, extraordinary items, depreciation, amortization, capital structure and balance sheet analysis are all described and defined in lurid detail. It is impossible to read Security Analysis and not come away with a deeper understanding of corporate finance and how it relates to investing.

On the downside, let's be frank--Security Analysis is not an easy book to read. However, it remains one of the key textbooks for communicating fundamental analysis to millions of MBAs, in spite of the fact that it first saw print 63 years ago. I personally believe that reading and understanding most of Security Analysis would make a great benchmark for determining whether or not you are ready to start investing your money in specific investments. Sure, Graham is very value-biased in his investment philosophy, but looking for growth without focusing on the price you are paying is the golden road to underperformance.

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