Top Ten Investment Books

#The Theory of Investment Value by John Burr Williams

This book is still in print sixty years after it was written, despite never having been updated or revised. That testifies to its classic status, in a field, financial analysis, which generally changes rapidly.

The author defines the “Investment Value” of a stock to be the net present value of all its future dividends. This definition provides a measure of intrinsic value which is independent of stock market prices, enabling the investor to assess whether the current market price is high or low compared with the Investment Value of the stock.

A calculation of Investment Value inevitably requires estimation of factors such as future growth of earnings, the proportion of earnings that can be paid as dividends, and an appropriate discounting rate. The author does not shy away from making such estimates, and the book includes practical case studies for three … Read the rest of this article!