Pat Dorsey – The 5 Rules for Successesful Stock Investing

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Author: Pat Dorsey

PAT DORSEY, CFA, is the Director of Stock Analysis for Morningstar, Inc. He writes regularly for Morningstar.com and heads Morningstar’s team of equity analysts. He was instrumental in developing the Morningstar Rating for stocks and played a key role in building Morningstar’s stock coverage. Dorsey is widely quoted in the media, including USA TodayU.S. News & World Report, NBC Nightly NewsCNBC, and CNN. He also appears weekly on the Bulls and Bears financial show on FOX News Channel.

The 5 Rules for Successesful Stock Investing

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Not long ago, MagicDiligence reviewed Mary Buffett and David Clark’s Warren Buffett and the Interpretation of Financial Statem…… and concluded that, while possibly useful for beginners, experienced stock investors would dismiss the book as simplistic and adding nothing new. The review also mentioned that a good alternative for more experienced investors looking to add to their knowledge is Pat Dorsey’s The Five Rules for Successful Stock Investing.

Today we’ll take a look at that book. The author, Pat Dorsey, is currently the Director of Equity Research for Morningstar. Morningstar has historically been known for their 5-star scale of mutual fund ratings, but several years ago began applying the same scale to individual stocks. Since Morningstar’s focus is on durable competitive advantage, the firm’s investing philosophy correlates very well with that of the Magic Formula and of MagicDiligence. That makes the book particularly relevant and much of my stock analysis is based on techniques outlined in it. The Five Rules… is more or less a two part book. The first half deals covers the title, laying out the five rules for successful investing and then proceeding to expand on each of them. Without spoiling too much of the book, Dorsey’s five rules are:

1) Do your homework.

2) Find economic moats.

3) Have a margin of safety.

4) Hold for the long haul.

5) Know when to sell.

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