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Computerized Investing > September/October 2005

Graham’s Simplest Approach to Selecting Stocks

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by John Bajkowski

For over 70 years the works of Benjamin Graham have served as the bible for value investors. Successful money managers such as Warren Buffett and John Neff swear by the simple message put forth by Graham of looking for values with a significant margin of safety.

Reviewing the philosophy of successful investors such as Benjamin Graham can often prove enlightening. Graham’s philosophy continues to flourish primarily through two books—Graham and David Dodd’s "Security Analysis" and Graham’s "The Intelligent Investor." "Security Analysis" was first released as a college textbook; it examines the fundamental investment process by covering analysis of the economy, industries, financial statements, and bonds and stocks. McGraw-Hill owns the rights to this book and still publishes a number of textbook editions including the original 1934 version.

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