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The Little Book of Valuation: How to Value a Company, Pick a Stock and Profit

ISBN: 978-1-118-06414-6
256 pages
March 2011
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An accessible, and intuitive, guide to stock valuation

Valuation is at the heart of any investment decision, whether that decision is to buy, sell, or hold. In The Little Book of Valuation, expert Aswath Damodaran explains the techniques in language that any investors can understand, so you can make better investment decisions when reviewing stock research reports and engaging in independent efforts to value and pick stocks.

Page by page, Damodaran distills the fundamentals of valuation, without glossing over or ignoring key concepts, and develops models that you can easily understand and use. Along the way, he covers various valuation approaches from intrinsic or discounted cash flow valuation and multiples or relative valuation to some elements of real option valuation.

  • Includes case studies and examples that will help build your valuation skills
  • Written by Aswath Damodaran, one of today's most respected valuation experts
  • Includes an accompanying iPhone application (iVal) that makes the lessons of the book immediately useable

Written with the individual investor in mind, this reliable guide will not only help you value a company quickly, but will also help you make sense of valuations done by others or found in comprehensive equity research reports.

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Table of Contents



Hit the Ground Running —Valuation Basics.

Chapter One Value – More Than a Number!

Chapter Two Power Tools of the Trade.

Chapter Three Yes, Virginia, Every Asset has an Intrinsic Value.

Chapter Four It's all Relative!

From Cradle to Grave —Life Cycle and Valuation.

Chapter Five Promise Aplenty.

Chapter Six Growing Pains.

Chapter Seven Valuation Viagra.

Chapter Eight Doomsday.

Breaking the Mold —Special Situations in Valuation.

Chapter Nine Bank on It.

Chapter Ten Roller-Coaster Investing.

Chapter Eleven Invisible Value.

Conclusion Rules for the Road.

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Author Information

ASWATH DAMODARAN is Professor of Finance at New York University's Leonard N. Stern School of Business. He has been the recipient of numerous awards for outstanding teaching, including the NYU universitywide Distinguished Teaching Award, and was named one of the nation's top business school teachers by BusinessWeek in 1994. He has written or coedited numerous books, including Damodaran on Valuation, Investment Valuation, Corporate Finance, Investment Management, Investment Philosophies, and Applied Corporate Finance (all published by Wiley), as well as The Dark Side of Valuation, Investment Fables, and Strategic Risk Taking.

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