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  • The Lion commented on The Science of Hitting's article 01-10 16:07
    How to Analyze a Company
    A fellow GuruFocus reader recently sent me an email with the following question: “Which books would you recommend if I want to start investing in...
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    The Lion 01-10 16:07
    • TSOH,

      I enjoyed the write-up. Maybe to complete the circle you could do a post about what would make you want to gather all this info on a company in the first place? Building 15 years of financial data, doing the reading, asking the questions, etc., is exhaustive, not to mention exhausting. You need to have some kind of hunch that it's worth the exercise. What generally gets you to that point for a company?

      Another thing I'd enjoy your further comments on is this: your criticism about the average investment book failing to teach people how to analyze companies is spot on! That being said, what you have laid out here is extremely complex, you may not fully appreciate how you arrived at your own level of sophistication. Proposing this approach to a newbie may be "correct" in theory, but it could be overwhelming. Putting on your empathy hat, how might you recommend to a neophyte a way to wade into these waters such that they can eventually swim laps in the deep end, but don't drown themselves in the process?

      Maybe you could share a little bit about how you got to where you are in terms of your intellectual development with company analysis. If you looked back on it and could shortcut it somehow while still being sensitive to how big a challenge it would be to go from 0 to a comprehensive analysis like this, what might be the ideal steps for learning?

      I struggle to answer this question myself for people I try to help teach, so that is why I am curious!
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