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What Would Ben Graham Do Now?


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Acknowledgments xvAbout the Author xviPreface xviiChapter 1: Introduction 1Chapter 2: Rethinking Value in a Global Age 17Chapter 3: Value Point 45Chapter 4: Investing in Politicized Markets 67Chapter 5: How Political Access Adds Value 87Chapter 6: The World Is Biased 107Chapter 7: The Profits and Perils of Reputation 125Chapter 8: Capability Deals in Theory 145Chapter 9: Capability Deals in Practice 169Chapter 10: Global Tycoons, Value Tanks, and Other "Go for the Jugular" Strategies 189Chapter 11: It's Still About Price and Quality 211Chapter 12: A Global Investment Playbook 235Chapter 13: After Markets Collide: The Next Twenty Years 265Notes 281Index 287

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As originally conceived by the legendary Benjamin Graham, traditional value investing involves purchasing relatively stable stocks and companies at a percentage below their intrinsic value. But this approach contains many hidden, U.S.-centric assumptions that simply don't work well in today's high-growth emerging markets. In this book, leading global value investor Jeffrey Towson extends and modernizes value investing, helping you apply its core principles while you access tremendous opportunities available in today's fastest-growing markets. Towson introduces the powerful Value Point system that grows out of his experience on the elite investing team selected by Prince Alwaleed, the "Arabian Warren Buffett." While retaining Graham's relentless focus on price and quality, he shows how to integrate three crucial additional forms of value into your stock assessments:

  • The value of political access in a government-infused investment world.
  • The value of reputation in a world of colliding markets, actors and biases.
  • The value of capabilities in a multi-local world.

Building on these techniques, Towson presents a complete investment playbook for the next five years. Next, he shows how to invest for the next twenty years-successfully navigating the titanic market collisions that will batter investors who aren't prepared for them.

About the Author

Jeffrey Towson is a specialist in global and cross-border investing, and is Managing Partner of the Towson Group, an investment firm based in New York, Dubai, and Shanghai. He previously served as Head of Direct Investments for Middle East North Africa and Asia Pacific for Prince Waleed, arguably the world's first private global investor and nicknamed the "Arabian Warren Buffett" by Time Magazine. Towson is a frequent writer and speaker on the topic of global investing ( He is a Fellow at Cambridge University's Judge School of Business and cohead of the Current Topics in Chinese Strategy and Investment Course at Peking University Guanghua Business School in Beijing.

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