Introducing the ModernGraham Book Club

photo (6)I love to read, and I know there are plenty of people out there that share that sentiment.  I’ve found that to be particularly true among the visitors to this site.  That’s why I decided to start the ModernGraham Book Club.  I hope you are able to join us as we discover some great books and learn some outstanding techniques.

What is the ModernGraham Book Club?

The ModernGraham Book Club is a community where value investors can come together each week to discuss and learn as a group about investing.  This is a place you can come to find good books, good insight, and good conversation.  Hopefully as you participate you will learn more about value investing and other related topics.

Who can participate?

Anybody can participate, regardless of investing knowledge.  The ModernGraham Book Club is intended to be suitable for investors of all levels.  If you don’t know a single thing about investing, or if you are a hedge fund manager with years of experience, you are welcome to participate.  In fact, the more diversity in knowledge levels, the greater the experience will be for all.  Oh, and the whole thing is free to participate.  No purchase necessary, though you may find it a little more useful if you purchase the books.

How often will we discuss?

Every Monday, there will be a post on where I give my thoughts on the reading for that week, and readers are encouraged to participate in the discussion by commenting on the post.  The weekly readings will be fairly short, so if you miss a week or two it will be easy to catch up.

What will we read?

The first book we read will be The Intelligent Investor by Benjamin Graham.  We will be reading one chapter each week, and the first discussion will be on the Introduction.  We will discuss the first reading on February 17, 2014, and the first chapter on February 24, 2014, and so on until we discuss Chapter 20 on July 7, 2014.  I highly suggest you purchase the book and begin reading, and I hope you are able to join us for the discussion.  After the first book, I will select other books that may be of interest to value investors.

What are some other ways to participate?

If you are a blogger, you can give your thoughts in a post on your own site, link to the discussion here on ModernGraham, and I will be sure to let our readers know that the conversation is going on over at your site as well.

In addition, you can use the hashtag #MGBookClub in social media to talk about the book on Twitter or Facebook!

18 thoughts on “Introducing the ModernGraham Book Club

  1. Erica Wagner says:

    Hey there!

    Where are you planning on having the book discussion! I’d love to participate. Great book to start off the Book Club!

    Erica Wagner

    1. Great question! The discussion will take place in the comments section of each week’s post. I hope you’re able to join in!

  2. Bear Gebhardt says:

    Sounds like a worthy enterprise, and great first book. Are we automatically subscribed if we are subscribed to the Modern Graham? Or do we subscribe somewhere else? Thanks… bjg

    1. Good question. A link to the weekly posts will be included in the regular email subscription, so you don’t have to subscribe to anything extra.

  3. Joe S. says:

    Great Idea. I have had this book for over a year and have read bits and pieces here and there but have put off reading the whole thing.

    1. Thanks! I’m sure that by participating in the MG Book Club you’ll be able to read the whole thing, a little bit each week.

  4. Chuck says:

    Would be very interested to participate…..but I am a light weight with a lot to learn.

    1. Chuck – I’m sure you’ll be able to bring a lot to the discussion, as it can be useful to hear from a different perspective. I’m glad you’re able to join us!

  5. Mark says:

    Ben, What a great idea! It is long overdue imo. Quick suggestion-spend more time on Chapetrs 8 & 20.

    1. Mark – I’m glad you like the idea. Chapters 8 & 20 are certainly the two most famous portions of the book, but there’s so much to learn from all of the others as well. This book is a treasure trove of information for investors!

  6. NG says:

    I would love to join the discussion, and read the Intelligent investor again. It just gets better when you read it again.

    1. It sure does! Every time I look through it I think I find something new.

  7. Richard says:

    Sounds like fun. I read The Intelligent Investor over 30 years ago so I will be reading from my 4th revised edition copy of the book.

    1. Great! It’s cool to know that some readers still have the 4th revised edition, though you may want to check out the edition with Jason Zweig’s commentary. He adds a bit to the discussion.

  8. Mark says:

    Ben, Is this where we start leaving comments on the introduction of II?

    1. No, you should put your comments on the post about the Introduction, which is here:

  9. Rodney P. Dempsey says:

    I am getting ready to turn to your website. I am very excited to follow your teaching. I have a copy of the book. It will help me greatly to have you teach me.

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