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Lisa Holton describes the way value investors find bargain stocks. She looks at a variety of financial formulas that can help you unearth good deals. This is a useful primer for investors, since it offers clear explanations of financial ratios. The book includes plenty of specific examples of ways to apply formulas to a company’s financial statements. She clearly describes the contents of SEC documents and offers helpful advice about when to sell a stock. getAbstract recommends this book for beginner to intermediate investors, for those unfamiliar with "value investing," and for those interested in basic portfolio planning. This book focuses on the United States stock market and may be less useful in other countries.

In this summary, you will learn

  • What value investing is;
  • What tools and value measures to use to find bargains; and
  • Why intelligent investors are patient and do their homework.

About the Author

Lisa Holton is a business writer whose work has appeared in the Chicago Tribune and Better Homes and Gardens. She is the former business editor of the Chicago Sun-Times and a board member of the Society of American Business Editors and Writers.



Value investors buy a stock for less than they think it’s worth. Benjamin Graham, who died in 1976, created value investing theory. He outlined his strategies in two books, Security Analysis and The Intelligent Investor. According to Graham’s theory, a value stock is one whose price has sunk almost ...

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