Book Review: 7 Commandments of Stock Investing
Gene Marcial’s 7 Commandments of Stock Investing features many of Gene’s successful investing concepts he’s developed over the last 27 years of experience. This book is tailored for you long-term investors looking to successfully invest in a stock over the long haul.
Author: Gene Marcial
Gene Marcial has been around for quite some time. He is best known for his editorials from “Inside Wall Street” on BusinessWeek. He has been in this business for more than 27 years now, and investors do follow his stock columns closely. On the other hand, his education background is pretty unique in that he graduated with a journalism degree for undergrad, a law degree from New York Law, and then a political science masters from NYU. Pretty interesting combo.
While he has had his days making great stock picks, he has seen worse days. Notably, he made several bullish calls in the past few years that went south rather quickly. Of the many, one of them was Dryships (DRYS) which he indicated as a buy last year before the stock tanked all the way down to $2.72. It’s hard to believe how battered this stock became given it once used to be over $100 a share.
He also said Citigroup (C) was a great buy when it was sitting at $27.55 in January 2008. We all know the rest from there. The stock is currently sitting at less than $5 per share as of May 2009. He quotes:
The bottom line: With its depressed valuation and bright prospects for further worldwide growth-in spite of the industry’s subprime woes–Citigroup stands out as a bargain selling at a firesale price.
Sorry you don’t get a credit for that Gene.
Content: The content is pretty solid with very a nicely organized index. He basically states the 7 key commandments of stock investing and cites several stocks in each section. The sections, or commandments include: Buy Panic, Concentrate, Buy the Losers, Forget Timing, Follow the Insider, Don’t Fear the Unknown, Always Invest Long-Term. In these sections, he mentions stocks like Citigroup, Bank of America, General Motors, Genentech, and many others.
Pros: It is a very easy read with good concepts on investing. He’s certainly had the experience to know the ups and downs of the stock market and helps translate that in his own words to the readers. If you’re one of the long-term investors, this book is a good read.
Cons: He is a very long-term focused investor. Gene’s book focuses on concepts appropriate for long-term trading and not many short-term. Therefore, if you are one of the short-term traders like me, you might not get much out of his book. He certainly won’t talk about stock technical analysis and swing trading.
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