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The Midas Touch


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2009 Foreword 1. A Master Investor Starting early Influences: 85 percent Ben Graham, 16 percent Phil Fisher 2. Some Favourite Investing Principles Good Businesses and Bad Businesses The Market and Fair Value Nothing Exceeds Like Success Pricing the Whole House The Part Is Better Than the Whole Risk and Reward The Margin of Safety Zigging When You Ought to Zag The Efficient Market Hypothesis The Out of My League Dilemma The Leverage in Insurance Companies The Cash Magnification Effect The 12 Percent Equity Bond Goodwill - the Gift that Keeps Giving 3. Buffett's Methods Keep It Simple Networking Gold Is Where You Find It Corporate Stock Repurchase Programs Special Distributions Stock Options Corporate Philanthropy 4. How to Invest Like Buffett Understand the Figures Apply Your Own Business Experience Go and Look Know the Values The Secret: Steady Compounding Avoid Risk What It Takes to Be a Good Investor What Makes a Bad Investor

About the Author

John Train founded Train Smith Investment Counsel and is the chairman of Montrose Advisors. He has written hundreds of columns for the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, Forbes magazine, Harvard Magazine, and the Financial Times. Apart from 'The Midas Touch', his bestselling books include 'The Craft of Investing', 'The Money Masters' and 'The New Money Masters'.


'The Midas Touch' traces the highlights of Mr Buffett's life and career from his childhood in Omaha ... to his spectacular coups in the market over the past 30 years.' New York Times 'The Midas Touch is definitely not for a total beginner as it assumes a certain basic level of knowledge. If you don't know what a PE ratio is then you need something more basic. But if you think that you are going to double your money in two months because you have just bought a stock on a PE of 35 after it was tipped in Shares magazine you need to read on. Advanced Buffettologists won't learn much from this book - they have probably read it already. But if you know that Warren Buffett is a legend but not why, this is a concise and easy to ready way of finding out.' Tom Winnifrith 'Provides an excellent glimpse into Buffett's life, ideas, and background as well as detailed discussions of Buffett's investment philosophy and techniques.' Dow Theory Letters 'The Midas Touch is a fabulous value ... imparts a wealth of lessons for any investor to emulate, no matter how skilled.' The Market Chronicle 'John Train has a global vision of investing. He understands men and markets. He is an outstanding market forecaster. He writes elegantly. Like the Midas of his title, the things he touches turn to gold.' Lewis E. Lehman, Morgan Stanley

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