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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; 1 edition (19 Sept. 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471445509
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471445500
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.2 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 41,788 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"...written by American Investment genius.... We are delighted to have the opportunity to reproduce an extract from this classic, recently reissued..." ( Financial Director, November 2003)

"...these updated classics are packed with investment wisdom..." (What Investment, November 2003)



"...written by American Investment genius.... We are delighted to have the opportunity to reproduce an extract from this classic, recently reissued..." ( Financial Director, November 2003)

"...these updated classics are packed with investment wisdom..." (What Investment, November 2003)

From the Back Cover

"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."
Warren Buffett

"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


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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Davidsha on 11 Sept. 2011
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I enjoyed reading this book, although for a typical small investor this isn't the best stock picking book. This book describes the author's method to pick companies that one can expect to achieve high growth. However, for a typical private investor, there's a couple of weaknesses. First, the book was originally written in the 1950s so it's quite dated. Amusingly it talks about the new technology of the "pocket calculator" and then there's this gem: "If a man, he usually gives but a tiny fraction to handling his investments than he devotes to work. If a woman, the time and effort given is equally small to that devoted to her normal duties". More problematic is that it focuses mostly on manufacturing industry, which might have been the most relevant in the 1950s but less so now. For example, it says you should invest "when the factory is about to come on line". The main reason for this focus is, as the author explains, where his strengths and knowledge lie. By the author's own admission the advice is less relevant to other industries. Second, the advice it gives is more useful for someone who is managing a fund and has the time to spend investigating firms. The author's main point is to spend lots of time talking to management, employees and customers of the firm to find out its prospects. I doubt most small investors could do this. It's not as if I could get a luncheon appointment with a CEO. A fund manager with more experience in this may be able to, which is why I think this book is more suited to them.

One final point worth mentioning is the inexplicably pointless preface and introduction by his son, Kenneth. It serves no apparent purpose and worst comes across as an ego trip.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By book maniac on 6 Nov. 2007
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If you are expecting to learn how to make quick money from the stock market by reading this book, you'll be, without doubt, disappointed. It is, however, one of the best books to help develop sound and solid knowledge about surviving the stock market and making uncommon profits in the long run.

In order to grasp the general picture of the messages from the author, I rushed it through the first time I read it. And I have got a strong feeling that it pays to read this book from cover to cover. Now, I am about to read it the second time slowly, page by page.

Warren Buffett has scarcely recommended books about the stock market. This book is one of the exceptions. I am a follower of Buffett's philosophy, so I have no qualms at all about recommending this book to those who aim to develop a long-term perspective of the stock market.
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The book arrived quickly in excellent condition. This book is considered a classic so it needs little promotion. As I have limited funds I am only investing in a few stocks. So my desire for learning has dropped off. I am kind of following the advice in the book about choosing companies with a very good track record. Companies I sometimes buy from or know first hand about. Eliminating as many negatives as possible. Several companies in the UK are changing hands or going under right now and it's time to evaluate who is taking them over and whether they will go from almost zero value to the heights they achieved before. Some will quite easily. I found the book a dry read and soon I was reading other things by the time I was half way through. But I think it's a book worth keeping, not passing on. It's wisdom you need to keep reminding yourself about.
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I am portfolio manager and I think this books is outstanding. Having said that I was not too interested in the first section. This is a rare book that is full of insight and prctical suggestions from someone who has succeeded and who was a large influcence on the greatest of all investors Warren Buffett. I would reccommend this book to the beginner and the experienced. I expect to reread this book again and again to rinforce the approach he developed in his philosoph of investing. There were times when I could not put the book down and was disappointed when I reached the end.Common Stocks and Uncommon Profits and Other Writings (Wiley Investment Classics)
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Rolf Dobelli TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 22 Feb. 2011
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In 1958, for the first time, an investment guide made The New York Times' bestseller list. Since then, that book, Philip A. Fisher's Common Stocks and Uncommon Profits has become a classic of the personal finance genre, educating students and influencing top investors such as Warren Buffet. More than half a century after its publication, Fisher's advice on doing your homework so you can select long-term growth stocks still resonates. While some of the companies he refers to are long gone, many are still thriving, and though some of his examples evoke nostalgia (in 1958, for instance, color TV was new), he presciently calls for the coming of flat screen television. The book, which also includes Fisher's later writings, shows how he teased out great insights by asking companies "What are you doing that your competitors aren't doing yet?" getAbstract recommends this seminal classic on investing to business students, rookie securities analysts and private investors.
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