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A Blast of Wisdom
Reviewed in the United States on December 15, 2018
So, here we have an artisan unveiling the secrets about his craft. I really could not provide enough praise to this piece. I guess all I can say is that this book made it to my car...and stayed! Many books have taken a couple of rides with me in my car just to return to the shelf. I just happen to have two little kids (4 and 2) so I have spent a lot of time in my car during the last 4 years (you know, to get them to nap). So, as they nap, I read. And the read better be good, because I don’t have a lot of time for it.
Now, back to the book. This book is known for emphasizing some of the advantages that individual investors have (say, over institutional ones) when it comes to finding investment opportunities. One of these advantages relates to the fact that -due to mandate or sheer size- institutional managers cannot even start considering investing in small caps. This leads to a second advantage, which is that individual investors can find very attractive opportunities by just looking around them. This advantage is even more true today considering the easy access everybody has to stock and company related data.
This is one of those books where, If you randomly pick a paragraph on any page, it will find a way to keep you engaged. The writing style is just too good. And I think it is that good because this man is pure wisdom. He could sit in front of me for the rest of my life and that probably would not be enough time for him to pass on all his knowledge. He was an investor, a trader, an equity analyst, a portfolio manager, and a businessman all in one. Incredible!
The three sections I found most valuable are these:
1- company/stock classification (slow/fast growers, stalwarts, turnarounds, etc)
2- description of the characteristics of a fast grower or 10-bagger.
3- details of the effect of interest rates on the markets’ historical P/E ratio.
Do yourself a favor a read this book. You won’t regret it.