Recommendation of Warren Buffett, this book Common Stocks and Uncommon Profits and other writings is the third place of our list of must read books for investors, written by American investment genius Philip Fisher.
This book is invaluable reading and has been since it was first published in 1958. The updated paperback retains the investment wisdom of the original edition and includes the perspectives of the author’s son Ken Fisher, an investment guru in his own right in an expanded preface and introduction.
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I sought out Phil Fisher after reading his Common Stocks and Uncommon Profits…A thorough understanding of the business, obtained by using Phil’s techniques…enables one to make intelligent investment commitments.Warren Buffett
Common Stocks and Uncommon Profits Book Description
This is among the most beloved investment books of all times, among the bestselling of classic investment books, and now Sixty-three years old.
Common Stocks and Uncommon Profits and Other Writings by Philip A. Fisher Hailed by Forbes magazine as “one of the seminal figures of modern investment thinking,” and a “giant” by investment wizard Warren Buffett, Philip Fisher is one of the most influential investors of all time.
Admired for his investment success, he is even more widely respected for his sound investment philosophies philosophies that have withstood the test of almost forty years and that are regarded as gospel by the investors of today.
These principles and theories were introduced by Fisher in Common Stocks and Uncommon Profits.
In Common Stocks and Uncommon Profits, Fisher shares his philosophy, offering valuable insights into the most fundamental and important aspects of buying and selling stock. Here are solid guidelines on when and what to buy, sound reasons for selling common stock, as well as critical information on profit margins and dividends.
There is also Fisher’s famous list of Top–Ten “Don’ts” for investors, complete with warnings against buying into promotional companies, over–stressing diversification, following the crowd, and buying stock just for the “tone” of its annual report.
Common Stocks and Uncommon Profits Book Reviews
“I am an eager reader of whatever Phil has to say, and I recommend him to you.”
“You will find lots of jewels in these pages that may do as much for you as they have for me.”
–from the Introduction by Kenneth L. Fisher Forbes columnist
Widely respected and admired, Philip Fisher is among the most influential investors of all time. His investment philosophies, introduced almost forty years ago, are not only studied and applied by today’s finance professionals, but are also regarded by many as gospel. He recorded these philosophies in Common Stocks and Uncommon Profits, a book considered invaluable reading when it was first published in 1958, and a must-read today.
Acclaim for Common Stocks and Uncommon Profits
“I sought out Phil Fisher after reading his Common Stocks and Uncommon Profits…When I met him, I was impressed by the man as by his ideas. A thorough understanding of the business, obtained by using Phil’s techniques…enables one to make intelligent investment commitments.”
“Little known to the public, rarely interviewed and accepting few clients, Philip Fisher is nevertheless read and studied by most thoughtful investment professionals . . . everyone will profit from pondering–as Warren Buffett has done–the investment principles Fisher espouses.”
–James W. Michaels Editor, Forbes
“My own copy [of Common Stocks and Uncommon Profits] has underlinings and marginal thoughts throughout.”
–John Train author of Dance of the Money Bees
About Philip A. Fisher
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.