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Excellent but Completely Outdated
Reviewed in the United States on August 18, 2018
In it's time, I'm sure "The Intelligent Investor" was a blockbuster success, written by one of the foremost investment geniuses of all time. I'm also sure that most of the investment fundamentals outlined in the book still apply IN THEORY, but the book is so outdated, despite revisions, that it was of no use to me. Most of the examples, charts, graphs and illustrations were limited to industrial, brick & mortar businesses of the 60's and 70's. It's an entirely different world and investment mindset today. The "defensive investment" financial guidelines listed in chapter 14 were, in this day and time, completely unrealistic. Try finding a handful of stocks with a price to book ratio of less than 1.5, or companies with a recommended current ratio (current assets / current liabilities) of at least 2:1. Today, most companies with financial statistics like these are not growing AT ALL. Furthermore, the book is not up-to-date enough to guide the investor through the dizzying array of valuable online stock screening/research websites that are available. The book is so outdated, the Internet is barely, if at all, even mentioned in the book, much less covered as the ultimate stock research tool of all time. I'm now retired, and I wish I had read this book in 1972 when I graduated from college, but it was of no use to me today. Sorry !