Common Stocks and Uncommon Profits and Other Writings Summary

The SQUEEZE: Admired by Warren Buffett and recognized by contemporary investment leaders, Philip A. Fisher is simply the most influential investor of all time. Fisher’s investment philosophies are studied today by global financiers and are regarded as gospel. In Common Stocks and Uncommon Profits and Other Writings, Fisher offers investment wisdom, emphasizing prospective growth in earnings and quality in management. In the book, Fisher offers ”Fifteen Points to Look for in a Common Stock” as a qualitative guide to researching well-managed companies. These 15 points reference the need for companies to plan for a sustained period of spectacular growth by creating products that address large and expanding markets; the need for maturing markets to maintain above-average growth over a period of decades by developing new products; and the need for companies to develop above-average sales planning goals. These are just a few of the 15 points that make up the book. They provide insight for companies that want to improve their profit margins, reduce costs, and maintain a sound growth strategy.

Notable Endorsement: “I sought out Phil Fisher after reading his Common Stocks and Uncommon Profits...A thorough understanding of the business, obtained by using Phil's techniques...enables one to make intelligent investment commitments.”--Warren Buffet

Common Q’s Answered by this Book:

  • What should well-managed companies consider when creating a qualitative investment plan that ensures long-term growth?
  • How does creating products contribute to the expansion of capital?
  • What investment wisdom should be considered when creating products that address large and expanding markets?


About the Author: Philip Arthur Fisher is an American stock investor. Fisher began his career by dropping out of the Stanford Graduate School of Business to work as a securities analyst for the Anglo-London Bank in San Francisco. Fisher later started his own firm, Fisher & Co, which was founded in 1931. Through the firm, Fisher managed the company’s affairs through the age of retirement. Throughout his lifetime, Fisher practiced long-term investing, pioneered the field of growth investing, and published a book on the field of investing. Warren Buffet is a current follower of Fisher. For more information, visit:


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Publisher: Wiley (September 2003)

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