The Intelligent Investor by Benjamin Graham Book Review


The Intelligent Investor by Benjamin Graham is widely acclaimed as one of the most important books in the history of modern investing. First published in 1949 and since then updated several times, the book is meant to provide insight on the principles of sound investing, and how investors can protect themselves from making costly mistakes.

The Intelligent Investor is written for the general investing public, and Graham does a great job of making complex topics understandable and easy to grasp. The book is divided into three sections: “Investment Principles and Policies,” “Analysis of Common Stocks,” and “Security and Portfolio Selection.” In the first section, Graham provides an overview of the basics of investing, covers the importance of the time value of money and the concept of risk and reward. He then goes on to discuss long-term investment strategies, including the use of diversification and the importance of being patient when making investments.

The second section of the book focuses on analyzing common stocks, or stock investments. Here, Graham provides a detailed overview of technical analysis and fundamental analysis. He also provides an overview of balance sheets, financial statements, and other financial documents. This section gets into details about the various types of stocks, how to value them, and how to recognize the signs of a good stock.

Finally, Graham looks at portfolio selection in the third section. He provides advice on how to construct a portfolio that is diversified and maximizes returns, while minimizing risk. He also looks at how to plan for retirement, how to adjust a portfolio in different economic climates, and how to create a system of portfolio management.

In conclusion, The Intelligent Investor is a timeless classic and an essential read for any investor. Its comprehensive approach to investing and its timeless wisdom have stood the test of time and will continue to be relevant for many years to come. Benjamin Graham provides us with an in-depth, yet easy to understand view of the world of investing and provides valuable insight into how to become a successful investor.