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Five Stocks Ben Graham Might Buy

Investment ideas inspired by the father of value investing.

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Nearly 30 years have elapsed since the securities analysis profession lost Ben Graham. While we wish Graham were still among us, his ideas live on--and retain their potency. And in the current market environment, we think that today's investors will find his ideas more useful than ever, and undoubtedly enriching. As the 111th anniversary of Graham's birthday approaches (May 9), we thought it would be appropriate to revisit our intellectual forebear's stock strategies.

But first, a little history is in order. Ben Graham was blessed with an unusually supercharged intellect. When he graduated from Columbia in 1914, second in his class, the English, mathematics, and philosophy departments each attempted to recruit him. Graham was just 20. Luckily for us, he elected to pursue a Wall Street career instead. After becoming one of the earliest professional analysts, Graham rapidly progressed to a position as partner, then subsequently founded his own investment partnership--which in today's parlance would be classified as a hedge fund. But after a decade of outstanding investment results, disaster struck in 1929 when Graham lost more than 70% of his wealth in the stock market crash.

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