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S Compound With A Margin Of Safety
Since volatile markets are perpetual, it is crucial to evaluate the downside risk and other measurements of the margin of safety in a stock price, a concept originated by the father of value investing Benjamin Graham.
S Buy Fear And Sell Greed
The investor who predicts an impactful market, industry, or company event becomes intoxicated by the lucky call and begins to base an investing philosophy on the sudden perceived ability to foresee future events.
Profit From The Magic Of Compounding Protected By A Wide Margin Of Safety
Buy and hold the stocks of quality companies with history and continued likelihood of compounding total returns.
Buy When The Black Swan Flies; Sell When It Comes Home To Roost
Mr. Market continues to entertain the purchase of attractive fundamentals at otherwise high prices and narrow margins of safety.
The Elevator Pitch Value Proposition
Understanding a publicly-traded company's value proposition – as reflected in its products or services – is crucial to the fundamental analysis of a potential stock for the self-directed investor.
Portfolio Allocation Strategies For The Self-Directed Investor
Portfolio allocation is as important as asset allocation. This post discusses the two most common portfolio weighting mechanisms: market weight and equal weight. Plus, why automatically reinvesting dividends is not always the best strategy.


Latest Comments
Compound With A Margin Of Safety
9 months ago

William K, thank you for taking the time to read the excerpt and for the kind comments!

Chapter One of the book is titled: Get Rich Slow.

America’s 1% Hasn’t Had This Much Wealth Since The Roaring Twenties
3 years ago

The author wrote: "As I’ve explained countless times (but nobody seems to listen)..."

Nobody's listening because Americans envy the wealthy. There is no other explanation of why the middle and working classes have been voting for tax cuts for the wealthy since the 1980s, despite the rich getting richer while the prospects of the middle/working classes have remained flat for close to 40 years.

Envy of the billionaire class leads to an ever-widening wealth gap and corresponding asset bubbles as much as anything.

Jesse, thanks for an excellent and timely piece.

Eight Principles Of Profitable Self-Directed Investing
3 years ago

Thank you, Susan. I am happy that you found the post helpful. This piece originally published on the MSVI blog (see my profile), but I do plan on submitting new material to TalkMarkets from my Finding Value series, in 2019. Happy New Year.

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My new book, Build Wealth With Common Stocks, is now available for pre-order in advance of its release on January 19, 2021. I am inviting interested TalkMarkets contributors to download and read a complimentary advance review copy of the book to write and submit an honest review to the TM Editors.

Work Experience

Self-Improvement Author
David J. Waldron
February 2013 - Present (9 years 7 months)

The mission of David J. Waldron is to produce engaging print, online, and audio books on self-improvement to benefit readers and listeners seeking to take control of their lives and achieve the education, career, financial, and personal goals that matter most.


Brown University
2000 / 2001
The Practice of Management Program
Stockton University
1977 / 1981
Business Studies Grade Major: Marketing; Minor: Public Relations & Communications Activities and Societies: Served as writer/editor in the Office of Campus Life; elected chairperson of concert committee producing or assisting with live shows by The Kinks, Warren Zevon, Dixie Dregs, Little Feat, Robert Hunter, New Riders of the Purple Sage, Steve Forbert, Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes, Loudon Wainright III, and Robert Palmer.


Build Wealth with Common Stocks
David J. Waldron
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Written for individual investors by an individual investor, the book offers actionable ideas to construct a potentially market-beating portfolio of the common shares of enduring companies to fund life's significant milestones such as buying a home, paying for a college education, pursuing a passion, starting a business, or enjoying a comfortable retirement.

Hire Train Monitor Motivate
David J. Waldron
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Offers powerful, yet simple techniques that can dramatically improve your organization, team, or individual career achievements in today's hyper-competitive local and global marketplaces. 

Ten Domains of Effective Goal Setting
David J. Waldron
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Powerful, yet practical foundation for goal setting that speaks to lifelong achievement in the areas of our personal and professional lives that matter most.

A Great Place to Learn & Earn
David J. Waldron
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Rare insider's view of the for-profit, postsecondary career education sector, and its impact on the future of America's socioeconomic development.