Getting Started in Value Investing


"Beginning investors will find all the ABCs of success in Getting Started in Value Investing. Seasoned investors will want to keep it close by as their reference manual. You can't say enough about Charles Mizrahi's strategy of studying companies and buying them at good prices. It pays off handsomely."
—Timothy Vick, Senior Portfolio Manager, The Sanibel Captiva Trust Co., author, How to Pick Stocks Like Warren Buffett

"A marvelous introduction to value investing filled with anecdotes about the subject and the people behind the investment headlines. A delightful and practical read."
—Donald A. Yacktman, Portfolio Manager, The Yacktman Funds, Morningstar Portfolio Manager of the Year-1991

"Charles Mizrahi knows how to take the most boring stocks in the world, dress them up with his strategy, and turn them into stock market super stars."
—James Altucher, author, Trade Like a Hedge Fund, Managing Director, Formula Capital

While there are many ways to make money in today's markets, only one strategy has consistently proven itself over time—value investing.

Now, with Getting Started in Value Investing, author and veteran money manager Charles Mizrahi breaks down this successful strategy so that you can learn how to effectively incorporate it into your own investment activities.

Written in a straightforward and accessible style, Getting Started in Value Investing offers you clear insights on this profitable approach. Step by step, it will:

  • Examine the importance of picking businesses that have an enduring competitive advantage

  • Discuss the difference between price and value, and how to determine exactly what to pay for a stock

  • Provide non-technical explanations of a company's financial statements and how to read them

Investing isn't hard, but it does take some work. With Getting Started in Value Investing as your guide, you'll quickly discover how to cut through the noise surrounding today's markets and enhance the overall performance of your portfolio.

Charles S. Mizrahi is Managing Partner of CGM Partners LP. He is also Editor of Hidden Values Alert, a monthly newsletter focused on value investing. Mizrahi has more than twenty years of investment experience and is frequently quoted in the press. Many of his articles appear online at as well as on other financial sites.


Introduction. Value Really Means Something.

Chapter 1. The 5 Misconceptions of Value Investing.

Chapter 2. The Basics of Value Investing: A Few Things You Must Know.

Chapter 3. Market Caveats: Lessons from the Past.

Chapter 4. Are Great Companies Great Investments? Stick with the Champs.

Chapter 5. Who's In Charge? Management Counts (more than money): Getting Comfortable with Management.

Chapter 6. Competition: Threat or Opportunity? The Enduring Competitive Advantage.

Chapter 7. The Essential Valuation Variables that Really Count: Part 1 - Financial Statement Basics.

Chapter 8. The Essential Operating Variables that Really Count: Part II - Bringing the Numbers to Life.

Chapter 9. The Price of a Stock versus the Value of the Company.

Chapter 10. Your Own Worst Enemy.

Chapter 11. My Final Words of Value.


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