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Benjamin Graham

Benjamin Graham (/ɡræm/; born Benjamin Grossbaum; May 8, 1894 - September 21, 1976) was a British-born American economist and professional investor. Graham is considered the father 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. Graham had many disciples in his lifetime, a number of whom went on to become successful investors themselves. Graham's most well-known disciples include Warren Buffett, William J. Ruane, Irving Kahn and Walter J. Schloss, among others. Buffett, who credits Graham as grounding him with a sound intellectual investment framework, described him as the second most influential person in his life after his own father. In fact, Graham had such an overwhelming influence on his students that two of them, Buffett and Kahn, named their sons Howard Graham Buffett and Thomas Graham Kahn after him. Graham also taught at the UCLA Anderson School of Management. Bio from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

The Best 15 Books on Benjamin Graham

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The Intelligent Investor: The Definitive Book on Value Investing. A Book of Practical Counsel (Revised Edition) (Collins Business Essentials)

This classic text is annotated to update Graham's timeless wisdom for today's market conditions...

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 error and teaches them to develop long-term strategies -- has made The Intelligent Investor the stock market bible ever since its original publication in 1949.

Over the years, market developments have proven the wisdom of Graham's strategies. While preserving the integrity of Graham's original text, this revised edition includes updated commentary by noted financial journalist Jason Zweig, whose perspective incorporates the realities of today's market, draws parallels between Graham's examples and today's financial headlines, and gives readers a more thorough understanding of how to apply Graham's principles.

Vital and indispensable, this HarperBusiness Essentials edition of The Intelligent Investor is the most important book you will ever read on how to reach your financial goals.

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Security Analysis: Sixth Edition, Foreword by Warren Buffett (Security Analysis Prior Editions)

"A road map for investing that I have now been following for 57 years."
--From the Foreword by Warren E. Buffett

First published in 1934, Security Analysis is one of the most influential financial books ever written. Selling more than one million copies through five editions, it has provided generations of investors with the timeless value investing philosophy and techniques of Benjamin Graham and David L. Dodd.

As relevant today as when they first appeared nearly 75 years ago, the teachings of Benjamin Graham, “the father of value investing,” have withstood the test of time across a wide diversity of market conditions, countries, and asset classes.

This new sixth edition, based on the classic 1940 version, is enhanced with 200 additional pages of commentary from some of today’s leading Wall Street money managers. These masters of value investing explain why the principles and techniques of Graham and Dodd are still highly relevant even in today’s vastly different markets. The contributor list includes:

  • Seth A. Klarman, president of The Baupost Group, L.L.C. and author of Margin of Safety
  • James Grant, founder of Grant's Interest Rate Observer, general partner of Nippon Partners
  • Jeffrey M. Laderman, twenty-five year veteran of BusinessWeek
  • Roger Lowenstein, author of Buffett: The Making of an American Capitalist and When America Aged and Outside Director, Sequoia Fund
  • Howard S. Marks, CFA, Chairman and Co-Founder, Oaktree Capital Management L.P.
  • J. Ezra Merkin, Managing Partner, Gabriel Capital Group .
  • Bruce Berkowitz, Founder, Fairholme Capital Management.
  • Glenn H. Greenberg, Co-Founder and Managing Director, Chieftain Capital Management
  • Bruce Greenwald, Robert Heilbrunn Professor of Finance and Asset Management, Columbia Business School
  • David Abrams, Managing Member, Abrams Capital

Featuring a foreword by Warren E. Buffett (in which he reveals that he has read the 1940 masterwork “at least four times”), this new edition of Security Analysis will reacquaint you with the foundations of value investing―more relevant than ever in the tumultuous 21st century markets.

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Security Analysis: Principles and Techniques

"Graham's ideas inspired the investment community for nearly a century."--Smart Money

"Graham's method of investing is as relevant today as it was when he first espoused it during the Roaring Twenties."--Investor's Business Daily

Benjamin Graham's revolutionary theories have influenced and inspired investors for nearly 70 years. First published in 1934, his Security Analysis is still considered to be the value investing bible for investors of every ilk. Yet, it is the second edition of that book, published in 1940 and long since out of print, that many experts--including Graham protégé Warren Buffet--consider to be the definitive edition. This facsimile reproduction of that seminal work makes available to investors, once again, the original thinking of "this century's (and perhaps history's) most important thinker on applied portfolio investment."

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Benjamin Graham: The Memoirs of the Dean of Wall Street

The author describes his childhood, education, and professional career in security analysis, and recounts what Wall Street was like in the roaring twenties
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Security Analysis: The Classic 1934 Edition

Rare is the opportunity to see, much less own, an original. But this unusual, carefully crafted reproduction of Benjamin Graham and David Dodd's immortal Security Analysis gives you that chance--to read and treasure a true classic--the book that gave birth to value investing.

Continuously in print through five editions, for more than 60 years, and through nearly a million copies, the primer for many of America's most illustrious investors--and the wellspring of Graham and Dodd's Wall Street Immortality--Security Analysis is indisputably the most influential book on investing ever written. Still the investors' bible, it's as frequently consulted today as it was when it first appeared in 1934.

Of course, over the years and over five editions, Security Analysis changed. Its language was modernized. New material was added. Metaphors and examples were brought up to date. In the light of changing times, these alterations were necessary and appropriate.

But what of the original book? The very durability of this work arouses our curiosity. And what we discover when we return to the original is very simply a classic, a work whose uncompromising worth has not paled since it first saw the light of day in 1934.

The original words of Benjamin Graham and David Dodd--put to paper not long after the disastrous Stock Market Crash of 1929--still have the mesmerizing qualities of rigorous honesty and diligent scrutiny, the same riveting power of disciplined thought and determined logic that gave the work its first distinction and began its illustrious career.

The words you will read here are eloquent. Not only a financial genius and a man of high repute for honorable dealings, Graham was a man of letters invited to teach in the literature department at Columbia University (as well as in the economics and philosophy departments).

But this reproduction is far more than a historical curiosity, an interesting object, and a delightful read. It presents the original Graham/Dodd method of investing--told in their own words as they first described it in the 1930s.

What exactly is this method that has drawn such longterm devotion in the notably fickle reaches of Wall Street?

Graham and Dodd were Wall Street's first bargain shoppers. In this book they first explain their methods for locating bonds and stocks "which are selling well below the levels apparently justified by a careful analysis of the relevant facts." In this book, they tell you precisely how to find these undervalued securities and analyze those "relevant facts."

Are these methods still practical and usable today? The great fortunes created by value investors Warren Buffett, Mario Gabelli, John Neff, Michael Price, and John Bogle testify that they certainly are.

In their preface to this book, Graham and Dodd write that they hope their work "will stand the test of the ever enigmatic future." There is no doubt that it has.

This distinctively wrought book is a careful reproduction of the 1934 edition, containing every word of the original.

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The Intelligent Investor: A Book of Practical Counsel

The classic bestseller by Benjamin Graham, perhaps the greatest investment advisor of the 20th century, The Intelligent Investor has taught and inspired hundreds of thousands of people worldwide. Since its original publication in 1949, Benjamin Graham's book has remained the most respected guide to investing, due to his timeless philosophy of "value investing," which helps protect investors against the areas of possible substantial error and teaches them to develop long-term strategies with which they will be comfortable down the road.

Over the years, market developments have borne out the wisdom of Benjamin Graham's basic policies. Here he takes account of both the defensive and the enterprising investor, outlining the principles of stock selection for each, and stressing the advantages of a simple portfolio policy. Among the book's special features are the use of numerous comparisons of pairs of common stocks to bring out their elements of strength and weakness and the construction of investment portfolios designed to meet specific requirements of quality and price attractiveness.

The Intelligent Investor may be the most important book you will ever read on making your investments a success.

"The Intelligent Investor is the best book ever written for the stockholder," says author and investment counselor John Train. Benjamin Graham's classic work offers sound and safe principles for investing-principles that have worked for more than forty years since the first edition was published. With an introduction and appendix by Warren Buffett, one of Graham's most famous students in investing strategy, this book takes account of both the defensive and the enterprising investor.

"By far the best book on investing ever written." -- Warren E. Buffett

"There have been other good books written about money since 1841, but only a few hold up. The best known and most likely to make you money is The Intelligent Investor." -- Andrew Tobias

"Graham ranks as this century's (and perhaps history's) most important thinker on applied portfolio investment." -- John Train, author of The Money Masters

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The Interpretation of Financial Statements

"All investors, from beginners to old hands, should gain from the use of this guide, as I have."
From the Introduction by Michael F. Price, president, Franklin Mutual Advisors, Inc.

Benjamin Graham has been called the most important investment thinker of the twentieth century. As a master investor, pioneering stock analyst, and mentor to investment superstars, he has no peer.

The volume you hold in your hands is Graham's timeless guide to interpreting and understanding financial statements. It has long been out of print, but now joins Graham's other masterpieces, The Intelligent Investor and Security Analysis, as the three priceless keys to understanding Graham and value investing.

The advice he offers in this book is as useful and prescient today as it was sixty years ago. As he writes in the preface, "if you have precise information as to a company's present financial position and its past earnings record, you are better equipped to gauge its future possibilities. And this is the essential function and value of security analysis."

Written just three years after his landmark Security Analysis, The Interpretation of Financial Statements gets to the heart of the master's ideas on value investing in astonishingly few pages. Readers will learn to analyze a company's balance sheets and income statements and arrive at a true understanding of its financial position and earnings record. Graham provides simple tests any reader can apply to determine the financial health and well-being of any company.

This volume is an exact text replica of the first edition of The Interpretation of Financial Statements, published by Harper & Brothers in 1937. Graham's original language has been restored, and readers can be assured that every idea and technique presented here appears exactly as Graham intended.

Highly practical and accessible, it is an essential guide for all business people--and makes the perfect companion volume to Graham's investment masterpiece The Intelligent Investor.

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Storage and Stability: A Modern Ever-Normal Granary (Benjamin Graham Classics)

This reissue of Storage and Stability is the first in the new Benjamin Graham Classics series. This series will feature beautifully packaged reprints of several of Graham's early works, each of which will have new forewords from some of today's most well-known investment gurus. Highly controversial in its day, this 1937 treatise, written during the Drepression to spur Congress and American public to greater financial awareness, shares Graham's own thoughts on the importance of supply and demand, production and consumption, and their inherent influences on value investing.
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Security Analysis: Principles and Techniques

"Graham's ideas inspired the investment community for nearly a century."--Smart Money

"Graham's method of investing is as relevant today as it was when he first espoused it during the Roaring Twenties."--Investor's Business Daily

Benjamin Graham's revolutionary theories have influenced and inspired investors for nearly 70 years. First published in 1934, his Security Analysis is still considered to be the value investing bible for investors of every ilk. Yet, it is the second edition of that book, published in 1940 and long since out of print, that many experts--including Graham protégé Warren Buffet--consider to be the definitive edition. This facsimile reproduction of that seminal work makes available to investors, once again, the original thinking of "this century's (and perhaps history's) most important thinker on applied portfolio investment."

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Current Problems in Security Analysis (Two volumes in One)

2010 Reprint of 1947 Edition. Two volumes in one.Benjamin Graham (1894 - 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. Graham intended the lectures transcribed in Current Issues in Security Analysis as a way to update the 1940 revision of his classic work, Security Analysis. These lectures are from the series entitled Current Problems in Security Analysis that Mr. Graham presented at the New York Institute of Finance from September 1946 to February 1947. Published using a typewriter, these are the transcripts of ten lectures given by Graham. They communicate Graham's understanding of the main issues and perils of investing. The format is the teacher/student interaction, with Graham providing a formal lecture and later answering questions.
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Benjamin Graham on Investing: Enduring Lessons from the Father of Value Investing

“They laid out a road map for investing that I have now been following for 57 years. There’s been no reason to look for another.”
―Warren Buffett, on the writings of Benjamin Graham

Legendary investing author and philosopher Benjamin Graham lived through interesting times. Soon after his graduation from Columbia College, the nation entered the First World War. As the stock market fluctuated in wild dips and peaks, the government seized control of the railroad industry, inflation and interest rates rose dramatically, and economic depression loomed on the horizon.

During these events―and perhaps inspired by them―Graham began writing articles for The Magazine of Wall Street, putting to paper his earliest ideas on value investing and security analysis.

For the first time, these important works have been anthologized into a single volume. Benjamin Graham on Investing is a treasure trove of rare and out-of-print articles that document the early flashes of genius from a man whose ideas and theories would revolutionize investment philosophy and inspire the careers of such luminaries as Warren Buffett, Seth Klarman, Charlie Munger, and countless other top-tier investors.

The early works of Benjamin Graham have never been as relevant as they are today. The world’s markets are undergoing changeon a scale not unlike that of Graham’s era. David Darst, one of the world’s most respected experts on asset allocation, provides insightful analyses connecting Graham’s articles to events today.

,i>Benjamin Graham on Investing is a timeless classic that continues to have relevance more than 30 years after the author’s death.

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The Rediscovered Benjamin Graham: Selected Writings of the Wall Street Legend

"The sillier the market's behavior, the greater the opportunity forthe business-like investor. Follow Graham and you will profit fromfolly rather than participate in it."-Warren E. Buffett.

"[Graham] is the genius who literally created the framework forinvestment analysis that leads to successful investing. Like thatother genius Edison, Graham created light where there was none."-Bill Ruane, Sequoia Fund.

"It's never the wrong time to invoke the name of Benjamin Graham,value investor par excellence." -Money

"The search for intelligent investing should begin with theremarkable Benjamin Graham's timeless teachings. Read Lowe's bookand you'll learn to seek what the original master sought as shehelps Graham reclaim his rightful place as the most important andextraordinary investment writer of any generation."-Kenneth Lee,author of Trouncing the Dow.

Known as the "father of value investing," Benjamin Graham was-andis-one of America's most lauded financial thinkers. Billionaireinvestor Warren Buffett, a former student of Graham, extols him tothis day. Brilliant, successful, and ethical, he revolutionizedinvestment philosophy by introducing the concepts of securityanalysis, fundamental analysis, and value investing-theories thathave become timeless essentials of the field. Now, Janet Lowe,author of Benjamin Graham on Value Investing and Warren BuffettSpeaks, reintroduces the foundations of Graham's eminence-includinghis ever-relevant market observations and his assessment oflong-term economic problems-by presenting a unique compilation ofhis writings that contains rare and/or previously unpublishedarticles, lectures, and interviews.

Almost twenty-five years after his death, Benjamin Graham continuesto have one of the largest and most loyal followings of anyinvestment philosopher of this century. A prolific and popularwriter whose trademark was blending original ideas with wit andintelligence, he has guided and inspired Wall Street professionalswith his thoughtful ruminations and piercing insights on a host ofinvestment and economic topics. Though bits and pieces of thismaterial are widely quoted even today, the full writings have notalways been easy to find-until now.

The result of in-depth research, The Rediscovered Benjamin Grahambrings together the very best the investment legend had to offer,including such incisive works as:
* "Inflated Treasuries and Deflated Stocks: Are CorporationsMilking Their Owners?"
* "The Ethics of American Capitalism".
* "Proposals for an International Commodity-ReserveCurrency".
* "The New Speculation in Common Stocks".
* "Is American Business Worth More Dead Than Alive?".
* "The Simplest Way to Select Bargain Stocks".

A groundbreaking volume that fills an important niche in investmentliterature, The Rediscovered Benjamin Graham is destined to becomeas timeless a classic as its distinguished subject.

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Security Analysis: The Classic 1951 Edition

With nearly a million copies sold, Security Analysis has been continuously in print for more than sixty years. No investment book in history had either the immediate impact, or the long-term relevance and value, of its first edition in 1934. By 1951, seventeen years past its original publication and more than a decade beyond its revised and acclaimed 1940 second edition, authors Benjamin Graham and David Dodd had seen business and investment markets travel from the depths of Depression to the heights of recovery, and had observed investor behavior during both the calm of peacetime and the chaos of World War II.

The prescient thinking and insight displayed by Graham and Dodd in the first two editions of Security Analysis reached new heights in the third edition. In words that could just as easily have been written today as fifty years ago, they detail techniques and strategies for attaining success as individual investors, as well as the responsibilities of corporate decision makers to build shareholder value and transparency for those investors.

The focus of the book, however, remains its timeless guidance and advice--that careful analysis of balance sheets is the primary road to investment success, with all other considerations little more than distractions. The authors had seen and survived the Great Depression as well as the political and financial instabilities of World War II and were now better able to outline a program for sensible and profitable investing in the latter half of the century.

Security Analysis: The Classic 1951 Edition marks the return of this long-out-of-print work to the investment canon. It will reacquaint you with the foundations of value investing--more relevant than ever in tumultuous twenty-first century markets--and allow you to own the third installment in what has come to be regarded as the most accessible and usable title in the history of investment publishing.

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Benjamin Graham, Building a Profession: The Early Writings of the Father of Security Analysis

How One Man Created a Profession―and Entirely Transformed the World of Investing

“The small list of investment books that must grace the library of any serious investor―not to gather dust, but to be opened over and over again―just grew by one. This wonderful compilation of the wit and wisdom of Benjamin Graham is the new addition. Savor it. Learn from it. Treasure it.”
John C. Bogle, founder and former Chief Executive, The Vanguard Group

“If youth is measured by creativity and excitement about new ideas and a thirst for learning, then Ben Graham-in his early 80s-was the youngest guy in the room when two-dozen stellar investment managers met for three days to explain the inner workings of investment management.”
Charles D. Ellis, CFA, Bestselling Author of Winning the Loser's Game

“These writings, spanning over 30 years, help us understand even better the remarkable achievement of this visionary man and his lasting influence on the finance profession.”
Burton Malkiel, Princeton University, Bestselling Author of A Random Walk Down Wall Street

“Investing involves the intelligent triangulation between fundamentals, psychology, and prices. Benjamin Graham, Building a Profession . . . illustrates how this investment legend never stopped thinking about this multi-dimensional challenge.”
Seth Klarman, The Baupost Group

“Serious professionals in the investment business will delight in pouring over this and checking their own thoughts against those of the master.”
Jeffrey J. Diermeier, CFA, Diermeier Family Foundation, and former CFA Institute president and CEO

“This is a must-read for anyone interested in the history and development of our profession and the importance of critical investment thinking.”
Gary P. Brinson, CFA, GP Brinson Investments

“Some investors ('the happy few') know that Ben Graham's writings on financial analysis give them a leg up. So they will want to read this book, and other investors should.”
Jean-Marie Eveillard, First Eagle Funds

“The CFA Institute and Jason Zweig have performed an invaluable service to our profession in collecting these [writings] in one volume.”
William H. Miller, CFA, Legg Mason Funds Management

About the Book:

When Benjamin Graham began working on Wall Street in 1914, the center of American finance resembled a lawless frontier. The concept of regulatory laws was in its infancy, the SEC wouldn’t see the light of day for 20 years, and many firms hid assets and earnings from nosy outsiders.

And security analysts didn’t exist as we know them. They were called “diagnosticians,” and they didn’t do much analyzing. These investors prided themselves on going with the “feel” of the market, and most of them rarely looked at a financial statement.

Appalled by the lack of research and quantification, Benjamin Graham set out to change all this―and ended up creating the discipline of modern security analysis.

A collection of rare writings by and interviews with one of financial history’s most brilliant visionaries, Benjamin Graham, Building a Profession presents Graham’s evolution of ideas on security analysis spanning five decades. Articles include:

  • “Should Security Analysts Have a Professional Rating? The Affirmative Case”
    Financial Analysts Journal (1945)
  • “Toward a Science of Security Analysis”
    Financial Analysts Journal (1952)
  • “Inflated Treasuries and Deflated Stockholders: Are Corporations Milking Their Owners?”
    Forbes (1932)
  • “The Future of Financial Analysis”
    Financial Analysts Journal (1963)
  • “Controlling versus Outside Stockholders”
    Virginia Law Weekly (1953)

These pages reveal the revolutionary ideas of a man who didn’t so much find his calling as he created it from scratch―and opened the door for entire generations of investors.

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