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Benjamin Graham and David Dodd literally wrote the book (the classic Security Analysis, 1940) on value investing. Warren Buffett followed their advice, which helped make him a household name. But Graham and Dodd devised their investing approach in the 1930s and, obviously, the markets have changed. Investors face different accounting requirements, international investments and non-equity alternatives to traditional corporate stocks. Author Thomas P. Au has undertaken to update the vintage Graham and Dodd approach and, by using numerous examples and explanations, to make it relevant to today’s markets. The basic emphasis on value remains, but he has adapted it to suit a faster, more complex investment world than the old masters ever imagined. thinks that they would have approved of Au’s clear, lucid, well-organized book, which is highly recommended for investors.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How to apply Graham and Dodd’s 1930s investing approach to contemporary markets; and
  • Why most of their methods still work.

About the Author

Thomas P. Au is a vice president and portfolio manager for the investment arm of a large insurance and healthcare provider. He worked previously for an emerging markets firm based in Geneva, Switzerland, and for a New York City investment information firm.



The Birth of Graham and Dodd Investing
The crash of 1929 and the ensuing Depression took the Dow Industrial Average from a high of 381.17 to a low of 41.22 in 1932. The so-called "recovery" brought the market to around 200, where it leveled off for some time. In 1934, David Dodd...

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