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Fisher Investments on Utilities

ISBN: 978-1-118-00986-4
240 pages
February 2011
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The Fisher Investments On series is designed to provide individual investors, students, and aspiring investment professionals the tools necessary to understand and analyze investment opportunities—primarily for investing in global stocks. Each guide is an easily accessible primer to economic sectors, regions, or other components of the global stock market. While this guide is specifically on Utilities, the basic investment methodology is applicable for analyzing any global sector, regardless of the current macroeconomic environment.

Following a top-down approach to investing, Fisher Investments on Utilities can help you make more informed decisions within the Utilities sector. It skillfully addresses how to determine optimal times to invest in Utilities stocks and which Utilities industries have the potential to perform well in various environments.

Divided into three comprehensive parts—Getting Started, Utilities Details, and Thinking Like a Portfolio Manager—Fisher Investments on Utilities:

  • Explains some of the sector’s key macro drivers—like regulation, economic cycles, and investor sentiment
  • Shows how to capitalize on a wide array of macro conditions and industry-specific features to help you form an opinion on each of the industries within the sector
  • Takes you through the major components of the industries within the global Utilities sector and reveals how they operate
  • Offers investment strategies to help you determine when and how to overweight specific industries within the sector
  • Outlines a five-step process to help differentiate firms in this field—designed to help you identify ones with the greatest probability of outperforming

Filled with in-depth insights, Fisher Investments on Utilities provides a framework for understanding this sector and its industries to help you make better investment decisions—now and in the future. With this book as your guide, you can gain a global perspective of the Utilities sector and discover strategies to help achieve your investing goals.

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Table of Contents




Part I Getting Started in Utilities.

Chapter 1 Utilities Basics.

Utilities 101.

A Defensive Sector.

What Makes Utilities Defensive?

Chapter 2 A Brief History of the Electric Utilities Industry.

Early Development in the United States (1882-1935).

A Maturing Industry (1935-1978).

Market Liberalization and a New Set of Rules (1978-2009).

An Auspicious Start to the Twenty-First Century.

Part II Next Steps: Utilities Details.

Chapter 3 Utilities Sector Composition.

Global Industry Classifications Standards (GICS).

Global Utilities Benchmarks.

Why Don't Utilities Have More Weight?

Benchmark Differences.

Benchmark Changes.

Sector Benchmarks.

Industry Breakdown.

Chapter 4 The Electricity Business in Depth.

The Consumer: Who Uses Electricity?

The Vertically Integrated Electric Utility.

Power Generation.



Chapter 5 Utilities Sector Drivers.

Economic Drivers.

Political Drivers.

Sentiment Drivers.

Chapter 6 Utilities Investing in a Resource-Conscious World.

Energy Challenges.

Policy Solutions.

Technological Solutions.

Part III Thinking Like a Portfolio Manager.

Chapter 7 The Top-Down Method.

Investing Is a Science.

The Top-Down Method.

Top-Down Deconstructed.

Managing Against a Utilities Benchmark.

Chapter 8 Security Analysis.

Make Your Selection.

A Five-Step Process.

Utilities Analysis.

Chapter 9 Utilities Investing Strategies.

Adding Value at the Sector Level.

Adding Value at the Country or Industry Level.

Adding Value at the Security Level.


About the Authors.


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Author Information

THEODORE GILLILAND is a Research Analyst at Fisher Investments. Theodore graduated from the University of Colorado, Boulder, with a bachelor's degree in international affairs. He currently resides in San Francisco, California.

ANDREW S. TEUFEL has been with Fisher Investments since 1995, where he currently serves as a Vice Chairman. Prior to joining Fisher Investments, he worked at Bear Stearns as a corporate finance analyst in its Global Technology Group. Andrew also instructs at many seminars and educational workshops throughout the United States and United Kingdom, and has lectured at the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley. He is also the Editor in Chief of MarketMinder.com. Andrew is a graduate of UC Berkeley.

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