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Dead Companies Walking: An Interesting Book on Short Selling

Summarizing Scott Fearon's book

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About the author:

A global value investor constantly seeking to acquire worldly wisdom. My investment philosophy has been inspired by Warren Buffett, Charlie Munger, Howard Marks, Chuck Akre, Li Lu, Zhang Lei and Peter Lynch.

Rating: 5.0/5 (12 votes)



Dark Matter Capital
Dark Matter Capital - 3 years ago    Report SPAM

Good article. Thanks for sharing.

The Science of Hitting
The Science of Hitting - 3 years ago    Report SPAM

Good article Grahamites. I really like the big ideas + case studies approach. Thanks for sharing!

Kyle Ferguson
Kyle Ferguson premium member - 3 years ago

When I am reading books, I always remember the Pareto Principle, or better known as the 80/20 principle. Examples of 80/20 are: Roughly 80% of all stock market gains are realized by 20% of the investors, and 20% of an individual portfolio. Roughly 80% of your sales come from 20% of your clients, Roughly 20% of the roads have 80% of the traffic. I remember this principle and I do my best to make detailed notes on the information that I believe to be the most important. Usually that equates to approximately 20% of information inside of any book that I read. There is a great book written by Richard Koch called the 80/20 principle. I highly recommend reading it!

Thanks Grahamites,

Grahamites - 3 years ago    Report SPAM

Dark Matter Capital - You are welcome.

Science - Thanks for the nice words. Glad you liked it.

Kyle - Thanks for bringing up the Pareto Principle, it should be a big big mental model.

Jack1989 - 3 years ago    Report SPAM

Thank you for the wonderful article. I think that this book going to be interesting not only to investors. 'Dead Companies Walking' promotes self-improvement and development of innovative thinking. So everyone who wants to evolve and not to stand in place should read it. Especially I would like to draw attention to the first common mistake committed by leaders of failing companies. In order to move forward against the tide should not only take into account the mistakes of the past but also anticipate future threats and prospects. I think this is one of the secrets of successful companies not only successful companies but also successful people in general.
Also very interesting idea about the Pareto Principle.

Jack Turner from the ThaBinaryAdvisor

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