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The Intelligent Investor

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The greatest investment advisor of the twentieth century, Benjamin Graham taught and inspired people worldwide. Graham's philosophy of "value investing" -- which shields investors from substantial erro
Paperback, Collins Business Essentials, 623 pages
Published February 21st 2006 by Harper Business (first published 1949)
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Kevin Chidiac Personally i didn't read any books prior to reading this one. I just went over to, read all the basics about stocks, bonds, commo…morePersonally i didn't read any books prior to reading this one. I just went over to, read all the basics about stocks, bonds, commodities, trading floors(NYSE and NASDAQ chiefly), options, derivatives, etc... and in each page whenever some word was new to me i would lookup its definition and then resume reading. I've only taken one class of economics my entire life, so when i first started reading this book i couldn't understand a thing. But now i have the basic knowledge to understand - at least partially - what the author is talking about. Hope this helps :) (less)
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Jun 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Benjamin Graham’s last line in The Intelligent Investor sums up the entire book in his trade-mark common-sense way: “ To achieve satisfactory investment results is easier than most people realize; to achieve superior results is harder than it looks.”

First published in 1949, this version that I read was re-published in 2005 with a forward written by John Bogle who started Vangard Mutual Fund. Bogle’s forward serves as a very good summary of The Intelligent Investor, highlighting key points clearl
Kenyon Harbison
Jan 23, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Warren Buffett's pick as the greatest investment book of all time, and it really does live up to that review. Some highlights:

1) Your main goal should be to not LOSE money; so understand the distinction between 'investing' and 'speculating,' and understand that most so-called investors are actually speculators. Minimize the extent to which you are a speculator. If you go in trying to get rich quick, you'll lose.
2) To that end, trailing P/E should be less than 15 and P/E * P/B (tangible) should b
Nov 09, 2008 rated it it was amazing
OK, the recent stock market drops scared me. I got hit by the drops in 99 and said I would never let it happen again. This time I had what I thought would be value stocks. The problem was I didn't know if I should sell or hold the stocks. So for $8 I bought a used copy of Ben Graham's book. I stopped reading my other book and read this book like crazy.

It was the best $8 ever spent. It teaches you some basics about the behavior of the market and it teaches you to be very careful. I learned some
Vivek Verma
May 14, 2015 rated it it was ok
I had high expectations from the book, which it failed to meet. But then, this book is too old to have a lot of relevance now.

The essence is that an intelligent investor is one who doesn’t think of this as gambling. Do solid fundamental, qualitative analysis rather than looking at charts. Know what the company stands for. And you can’t beat the market.

Maybe if you know nothing about the stock market, then this book is for you to get an idea of what you are getting into and what to expect.

The f
Jun 20, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Investors
Shelves: finance, non-fiction
If you read investing books or magazines, you've undoubtedly heard of Benjamin Graham. He's considered the father of value investing, and Warren Buffett is one of his disciples. In fact, The Oracle of Omaha called this book "the best book about investing ever written."

I have to disagree with Buffett on this one, but that's because I'm a very different type of investor than Buffett. I'm a Boglehead (follower of Vanguard founder John Bogle), so I invest through broadly diversified, passive index f
Nov 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
Okay, this is the book to read if you are serious about investing in stocks. Benjamin Graham's "value investing" method is the time-tested "choose 'em carefully and hold 'em" long-term strategy used by Warren Buffett. Benjamin Graham is the man that Warren Buffett calls The Man. So, you know, if you want to be rich like Warren Buffett, read this book.

... Of course it's not that easy. This book is long, dense, and dry. And even if you read and absorb every page, you're still not going to be Warre
Tim Chang
Dec 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
To be honest, the commentary and footnotes of this book were more useful to me than the original content. The book in its original form is obviously outdated in terms of the specific examples it gives for ways to invest and the different companies it details. However, the commentary by Jason Zweig draws from the fundamental messages behind the book to provide more up-to-date advice on how to invest. Undoubtedly, Benjamin Graham provided the foundation for the commentary with his book, but I pers ...more
Sep 08, 2014 rated it did not like it
To be honest, I have never seen such a terrible book. I just can't imagine that this book worth nearly $22. Actually, it is too expensive for me to afford this book because it cost me almost all my pocket money. But it doesn't worth such much money. When I am reading this book, I can't see anything about investing. I even don't believe the author can speak English. There are so many stupid mistakes like spelling mistakes and grammar mistakes. And through the articles that Benjamin Graham wrote, ...more
Warren Buffet calls out, "(this is) by far the best book on investing ever written."

……rest other testimonials are just reiterations.

P.S. Not for traders.
P.P.S. Don't forget to read Jason Zweig's commentary after each chapter to get the current context. Most of the times, those help to understand the original text much better.
Maciej Nowicki
Jun 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Intelligent Investor by many is considered to be the best book on value investing that you will ever read. The book is written by Benjamin Graham who was Warren Buffett’s lecturer at Columbia University. Warren Buffett, one of the greatest investors of all time, personally endorses it and says that this is, by far, the best book on investing. He says that stock is an ownership interest in a company and is something completely opposite to speculation, day trading or anything like that.

At the begi
Q.T. Pi
Feb 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
I saw that Benjamin Graham was Buffet's professor at Columbia and one of his closest friends. In fact Buffet named one of his kids after Graham. The Intelligent Investor teaches the philosophy that Buffet learned at school and went on to find massive success with. It does not teach people to ride market waves or speculate. Instead it instructs those who follow its teachings to calculate the intrinsic value of companies, find the ones that are either under priced or successful, but proven to have ...more
Jason Navallo
Nov 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is an amazing book. I read it when I was 13 and what I've learned has stuck in my head ever since. It changed my whole way of thinking about the stock market and investing in general. ...more
Scott Dinsmore
Jul 09, 2009 rated it really liked it
Why I Read this Book: Warren Buffet became the successful man he is today greatly as a result of what he learned from the man who wrote this book. We have the chance to read exactly what he read.


Whether you are an avid investor with a complex understanding of the markets or a beginner who is yet to start learning, there is little doubt that you have heard of Warren Buffet. He represents a level of success that very few people ever reach. Most of us know Buffet as the second richest man in
Jan 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
I'd read several books about Benjamin Graham as well as articles by him in the past, but this was my first foray into reading a book authored by him. It's definitely a great primer into the world of value investing and not only outlines its tenets but also their rationale. Several historical examples are used to illustrate his points.

One criticism: for all the words spent on intrinic value, no clear cut way is proposed for its calculation, however. Several proxies (i.e. book value, fair value, e
Sep 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Wow ... This book is amazing. It is definitely a must read for investors in stock markets. It is not only a "book", it is a "reference".

The book shows enormous efforts from GRAHAM; the author, through the editions of this book.
The comments by ZWEIG are extremely beneficial and was up to the standard of the original text using updated info and statistics beyond GRAHAM's times. The piece written by BUFFET at the end of the book is such a wonderful one and - nearly - summarizes the whole idea of th
Mar 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: finance
This is a book that offers down-to-earth, practical advice on investing to a layman audience. Graham's message can be summarized in the last sentence, "to achieve satisfactory investment results is easier than most people realize; to achieve superior results is harder than it looks."

In particular, Graham introduces the following concepts:

1. Value Investing. Before selecting a stock, understand the company, protect yourself against serious losses, and aspire to "adequate" not extraordinary perfo
Sarthak Pranit
To say that this book is a heavy piece of work is like saying, obesity is not a problem in the US. No wonder Republicans don't talk about this piece of education enough.

It took me two months to read this book. At the end of this book, I ended up having a portfolio of an exigent value that was proofed through every piece of advice around the valuing of a stock. It just so happened that I was finishing this book before making any purchases as the stock market was collapsing due to the covid19 sit
Oct 12, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: investment
A must read for anyone considering actively managing their own investment portfolio. Out and out the best book I've ever read on investing. I highly recommend this version with forward by Warren Buffet and commentary at the end of each chapter by Jason Zweig. Zweig artfully ties Graham's principals to recent events and defends value investing in modern times.

Graham's central thesis is as follows:

An investors main goal should be to not LOSE money; To do this one must understand the distinction b
Sep 03, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
The classic book on investing by the man who taught Warren Buffett. Originally written 50 years ago, and it is still relevant. The same lessons applied to specific industries and companies at the time of the writing have obvious parallels to different industries and companies today.

And there are some radical ideas, despite it's age, that fly in the face of "conventional wisdom". The most important example in my opinion was the idea of how much risk you should have in your investments:
The "risk"
Apr 04, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: business, philosophy
The value investors Bible.

If value investing had a holy book of scripture, this would be it! Not only was Ben Graham's timeless investment advice unassailable, but the commentary's after each chapter by Jason Zweig were current and refreshing.

While I learned and re-learned many truths with this book, some of the most valuable ideas were to distinguish between "investing" and "speculation." Graham asserts that most of what is called investing today would be more accurately named speculation. Also
Aik Yong Heng
Apr 23, 2010 rated it really liked it
The central Idea that I got from this book is that an Index Stock Fund outperforms other equity funds on a historical basis. And sometimes it outperforms active investing too. And from my wife’s portfolio of 5 years, it seems to be true.

The other Idea is the emotional Mr. Market. The stock market as a speculative investment is a zero-sum game, and Mr. Market plays the role of the crazy trader who trades stocks at a different price everyday. Of course, the book encourages investing for the long t
Kara Lane
Aug 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I read Benjamin Graham's "Security Analysis" prior to reading "The Intelligent Investor," and while the earlier book is much more detailed and considerably longer than this one, Graham has captured all the important information here.

In this book, Graham makes his opinion on technical analysis clear. He notes that the one principle that applies to nearly all "technical" approaches is that one should buy because a stock or the market has gone up and sell because it has declined. He says this is th
Eero Ringmäe
Jan 29, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The main value of this book for me was it's age. The original book was published in 1949, after the shocks of Great Depression and WWII, revised in the 1970s after the energy crisis and had a commentary from Jason Zweig from early 2000s reflecting on the dot-com crash.

And for those feeling that what's going on in the stock market today is completely exceptional - read this book - in some shape or form, it's all happened before.

The book laid out a pretty good case for "value investing" and trie
May 28, 2021 rated it it was ok
This book is so long and so dry it's taken me foreverrrrrr to get through it... I put it down so many times and forced myself to open it back up. The delivery is just so f'n borin lol and also it's so old and some of it isn't even relevant anymore.

There are some great things to learn in this book but I feel it's a bit one sided and not very worldly if you will. Really looks at one side of the coin instead of showing everything and letting you decide. This is something I also didn't really like
M Jahangir kz
Sep 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
I would give it a 3.5 out of 5 stars.
As the fact that I left this book in the middle few month ago, and now picked it and finished the remaining portion of the book, so it was that I didn't enjoy the book, it was a bit boring, maybe I started this book without having any prior knowledge on the investing and stock market, but I would say that was the main reason that I wanted to read this book, to get myself familiar with the world of investing and stocks. Except few information, I don't find any
Arpit Agrawal
Jun 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: eco-finance
A good introduction to the world of investing especially for young people looking to manage their personal finances. A definitive read for those looking for a disciplined approach to investment
Apr 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
Ben Graham hoped every day to do “something foolish, something creative and something generous.”

The secret to your financial success is inside yourself. If you become a critical thinker and you invest with patient confidence, you can take steady advantage of even the worst bear market. By developing your discipline and courage, you can refuse to let other people’s mood swings govern your financial destiny. In the end, how your investments behave is much less important than how you behave.

All of
Laura (Kyahgirl)
I've been reading this book for ages, not because its boring or now worthwhile, but because it is so rich and detailed that I could only take it in small bites. (OK, and honestly, its so much easier to read escapist literature for entertainment!)

Why is this such a good book? Well, the particular edition I have, with a preface by Warren Buffet AND a preface by Jason Zwieg AND individual chapter commentaries by Jason Zwieg, gives the reader the teaching of legendary investor from an earlier time P
Oleksandr Golovatyi
For me, a person who does not understand anything at all in the stocks and trading on the stock exchange, the book was a little complicated at reading, it was necessary to google a lot on different terms and company names. But still, the book was very interesting and cognitive. Graham is one of the greatest gurus in investing. To warm up a little interest in his book, it is worth saying that he had studied one of the greatest investors in the modern world - Warren Buffett, who only received the ...more
Peter Schmeltzer
May 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: investing
Good. Pretty dry.
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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

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