The Sophisticated Investor : A Guide to stock market profits by Burton Crane
New York : Simon and Schuster, 1959. Seventh Printing. Hardcover. 273 pages ; graphs ; 22 cm. $3.95 dust jacket with minimal wear. Gift inscription on flyleaf. Pages toned and unmarked. Binding firm.
There are times for buying cyclical stocks; there are times for defensive issues, times when it is safer to be a speculator than an investor, times when you should be out of the market completely. When?
What 13 questions do security analysts ask themselves before reaching a decision and making a recommendation?
Experienced traders watch for certain patterns to emerge that guide them to profitable investments. What are they?
These questions and a great many others are answered by Burton Crane, who covers the stock market for The New York Times and is in daily communication with the "insiders" of Wall Street. In this book, one of the country's leading writers on finance offers you down-to-earth guidance on how to avoid tactical errors with your investments and how to recognize the signals that spell out immediate and long-term capital gains.
Here is a book that is an eye-opener. It gives you both the fundamentals and the refinements of market operations as they are known to the professionals, yet there is information in it that even the professionals don't know. Therefore, this important self-help guide can be used with profit by the experienced investor as well as by the neophyte.
Just as an attorney is often referred to as a lawyer's lawyer, Burton Crane is the stock market analyst's analyst. In the course of gathering information for his daily column, he reviews market information with about 300 different Wall Streeters each month.
About the Author
BURTON CRANE first heard his grandfather and two uncles discussing the relative merits of railroad bonds when he was in the third grade. About fourteen years later, in 1923, he joined the Associated Press in Philadelphia and began covering markets. In 1925, he went to Tokyo as financial editor for the Japan Advertiser. I Ie soon took on additional assignments as correspondent for the Wall Street Journal and for the Financial Times of London.
In 1937, Mr. Crane joined The NewYork Times to cover the stock market. Save for six years spent in the Orient for OSS and later the Times, he has written financial news for this great newspaper ever since.
After he had gone into newspaper work, he recalls, his father remarked that no newspaperman would ever write a great book. Naturally, he asked why. "Abraham wouldn't have had a full beard if he'd shaved every day" was the reply.
The Sophisticated Investor proves that the elder Mr. Crane sold short in a bull market.
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