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Value Investing with a focus on fundamentals

Mercury Investing is a site all about Value Investing with a focus on fundamentals. You won’t find hot tips, or the next big trade here. You will find resources to help learn Value Investing and tips on how to apply those techniques to help grow your investments. You can read some of our popular articles below, Sign up for our newsletter, or read more about this site here.

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3 Solid Value Investing Strategies for Finding Undervalued Stocks

Here I’m sharing 3 value investing strategies that have consistent success in finding undervalued stocks.

One is a fundamental analysis strategy from the father of value investing himself, Ben Graham.

Another is a blend of fundamental analysis with a dash of momentum and trend following and the last is a more modern fundamental analysis strategy developed by an academic in the 1990’s.

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Why Investors Don’t Need to Worry About Black Swan Events.

Black Swan events are often discussed and mostly dreaded in investing circles.

They seem to come from out of nowhere and lead to a stock market crash.

But as you will see in this article, you don’t need to be afraid of a Black Swan event.

You’ll also learn how to protect yourself from a stock market crash.

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Investors: Mind your K’s and Q’s

The Company is almost insolvent but management says everything is fine on earnings call?

Who should you believe?

This article covers the basics of an investors most powerful tools – the 10-K and 10-Q filings coupled with GAAP reporting.

A 10-K report, or filing, may include investor public relations material from the company’s annual report to investors, but that’s not why you should care about a company’s 10-K.


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From our bookshelf

Here are a few books from our collection of new and timeless books on value investing, methodology and mindset.

The Intelligent Investor: The Definitive Book on Value Investing. A Book of Practical Counsel (Revised Edition)

The Intelligent Investor: The Definitive Book on Value Investing. A Book of Practical Counsel (Revised Edition)

This classic text is annotated to update Graham’s timeless wisdom for today’s market conditions…

The greatest investment advisor of the twentieth century, Benjamin Graham, taught and inspired people worldwide. Graham’s philosophy of “value investing” — which shields investors from substantial error and teaches them to develop long-term strategies — has made The Intelligent Investor the stock market bible ever since its original publication in 1949.

Over the years, market developments have proven the wisdom of Graham’s strategies. While preserving the integrity of Graham’s original text, this revised edition includes updated commentary by noted financial journalist Jason Zweig, whose perspective incorporates the realities of today’s market, draws parallels between Graham’s examples and today’s financial headlines, and gives readers a more thorough understanding of how to apply Graham’s principles.


The Snowball

The personally revealing and complete biography of the man known everywhere as “The Oracle of Omaha”

Here is the book recounting the life and times of one of the most respected men in the world, Warren Buffett. The legendary Omaha investor has never written a memoir, but now he has allowed one writer, Alice Schroeder, unprecedented access to explore directly with him and with those closest to him his work, opinions, struggles, triumphs, follies, and wisdom.

When Alice Schroeder met Warren Buffett she was an insurance industry analyst and a gifted writer known for her keen perception and business acumen. Her writings on finance impressed him, and as she came to know him she realized that while much had been written on the subject of his investing style, no one had moved beyond that to explore his larger philosophy, which is bound up in a complex personality and the details of his life. Out of this came his decision to cooperate with her on the book about himself that he would never write.

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Rule #1: The Simple Strategy for Successful Investing in Only 15 Minutes a Week!

In this book, self-made millionaire Phil Towns will show you how he turned $1,000 into $1 million in only five years, and then proceeded to make many millions more.

Before I became “Phil Town, teacher of investing principles to more than 500,000 people a year,” I was a lot like you: someone who viewed individual stock investing as way too hard to do successfully.

Rule #1, as famed investor Warren Buffett will tell you, is don’t lose money. Through an intriguing process that I’ll clarify in this book, not losing money results in making more money than you ever imagined. What it comes down to is buying shares of companies only when the numbers—and the intangibles—are on your side.

If that sounds too good to be true, it’s because the mind-set I’ll be introducing you to leads not to bets but to certainties. Believe me, if there were anything genius-level about this, I’d still be a river guide collecting unemployment much of the year.


The Education of a Value Investor: My Transformative Quest for Wealth, Wisdom, and Enlightenment

What happens when a young hedge fund manager spends a small fortune to have lunch with Warren Buffett? He becomes a true value investor.

This book traces the arc of a transformation. Author Guy Spier started his career as a Gordon Gekko wannabe — brash, short-sighted and entirely out for himself. Then, a series of transformations and self-realizations led him from an investment banking job with a third-rate firm to managing his own fund, which has generated tremendous returns for his investors.

His journey began with the discovery of Ben Graham’s The Intelligent Investor, then took him on a path to a life-changing meeting with the renowned investor Mohnish Pabrai, followed by his famous lunch with Warren Buffett. That $650,100 meal proved to be a bargain, teaching Spier some of the most valuable lessons of his life.

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