Lessons from the Legends of Wall Street : How Warren Buffett, Benjamin Graham, Phil Fisher, T. Rowe Price, and John Templeton Can Help You Grow Rich

Lessons from the Legends of Wall Street : How Warren Buffett, Benjamin Graham, Phil Fisher, T. Rowe Price, and John Templeton Can Help You Grow Rich

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By: Nikki Ross CFP

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For the first time, investors will discover how to apply the three vital investment steps for todays markets along with time-tested strategies for acquiring wealth and keeping it. Nikki Ross profiles five legends, revealing how they gather and evaluate information and make investment decisions.

Each chapter provides vital strategies for creating a sound investment plan.

*WARREN BUFFETT: the super-combination investor shares insights about how to profit from annual reports and what to look for in stock research reports. *PHIL FISHER: the investigative growth investor tells how to pick stocks with tremendous profit potential by evaluating management, products, and policies of companies. *BENJAMIN GRAHAM: the value numbers investor provides important financial numbers and ratios to evaluate companies. Grahams followers give expanded criteria for 21st century value investing. *T. ROWE PRICE: the visionary growth investor discusses how to evaluate the life stage of a company, warning signals of slowing growth, and trends affecting stocks, updated by disciples. *JOHN MARKS TEMPLETON: the spiritual global investor, and one of the first money managers to invest internationally, gives 16 timeless investment rules and strategies for global investing in todays volatile markets.

Reads like a series of short stories, but investment related. Not a math book. Don't expect formulas or spreadsheet macros. Expect to be introduced to qualitative thought processes and mental frameworks of some very successful investors.

- makenna_allen

Very well written and a wealth of information on how the best investors choose their holdings. Easy to read and much less boring than one would expect. Wish I had book like this when I was 22 yr young!

- adelynn_garcia

This book is a great read, I mean look at the people who worte it. Highly recommend any one interested in investing check this book out.

- lindsey_reed

This book encompasses the philosophy, methods, and experience of the foremost investors and financial thinkers of the twentieth century. It is a priceless study for all serious investors, or students of the market, or both.

- augustus_thompson

Good book

- reid_mendoza

Before commenting on what's in the book, I would like to take a moment to point out what is not. When the history of the great investors is written about the years 2000 to 2020, it will be filled with names different than those studied in this book. We don't know who those people are yet, but they will probably do something different from what these great investors of the past have done. Caveat investor! A backwards look at investment styles often does not translate into superior rewards in the future. That's one reason why 80 percent of professionals cannot beat the market averages. See John Bogle's Common Sense About Mutual Funds for more details on that perspective.
If you already know who Warren Buffett, Benjamin Graham, Phil Fisher, T. Rowe Price, and John Templeton are and what their investment styles are or were, you don't need this book. If these people or the details of their work are unfamiliar to you, this book will serve as a good introduction to those perspectives. It will also take you less time to study than reading the more definitive works on these people. If any of the approaches excite you, I suggest you go in for more depth elsewhere.
What is unique and valuable about this book is an attempt to blend the styles into one you can use to pick stocks and bonds. I thought that it was done reasonably well. Each investor is laid out in the same format, and then the results are summarized in the last part of the book. Basically, you are shown how to gather and evaluate the most appropriate information, and then to make a decision based on your evaluation.
There is also some good material to help you understand your risk profile, so you can focus on the relevant types of investments for you. There are also some questions to fill out like those that financial planners often use (that should be no surprise, given that the author is a certified financial planner).
My only concern is that this book could encourage you to try to do too much of your own investment picking and monitoring. Most people don't want to be that involved. And most people don't have the time or interest to do the job well, even if they want to. Although it is exciting to think about getting great investment returns, the odds are actually against you. If great results interest you, even after those caveats, I suggest you read ChangeWave Investing and think about putting 10 percent or less of your money into that approach. It could be the outstanding result that will become equally respected with the past greats in the future.
In any case, enjoy using this well done book to overcome your misconception, disbelief and procrastination stalls about personal investing. Your brief apprenticeship with the masters outlined in this book will give you a better understanding of what successful investment processes have looked like. Then see if they fit you.
Live long and prosper!

- chad_parker

This book discusses on the techniques Warren Buffet (value/growth), Benjamin Graham (value), Phil Fisher (growth), T. Rowe Price (growth), and John Templeton (growth use or have used to make their fortunes.
The book is divided into 6 parts on one each of these legends and another on how to combine the knowledge of these experts. The sections are organized in an interesting way first off you learn what some of the stocks the well known investor has bought and why they met their purchasing criteria. There is also a nice 3 steps to how you can use their methods in your investments, this in turn is organized by:
1. Gathering information (this part it almost worthless in my opinion since it is very similar for each of the investors)
2. Evaluate (this is the best part of each of the areas in the book, you learn the questions these masters would ask a company and themselves. It's very good.)
3. Making decisions discusses how the masters decide when to buy and sell the stock.
This book and "The Money Masters" by John Train are interesting reads if you enjoy learning about the careers and wisdom these masters are willing to share.
I believe this book wouldn't be very useful for strict CAN SLIM investors or day traders but good for the buy and hold or long term growth and value investors it definitely shows you some of the possibilities.
Reed Floren

- baylor_evans

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