The Sleuth Investor: Uncover the Best Stocks Before They make Their Move by Avner MandelmanThe Sleuth Investor: Uncover the Best Stocks Before They make Their Move by Avner Mandelman

The Sleuth Investor: Uncover the Best Stocks Before They make Their Move

byAvner Mandelman

Hardcover | March 1, 2007

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To make real money in the stock market you have to act like a sleuth.

It's not enough to rely on SEC files, annual reports, and press releases. To uncover the most lucrative investments, you must dig beneath the printed surface of public information and sleuth for physical evidence. This is the only way to reveal the actual truth about a company's real value-and its future.

Investing expert Avner Mandelman honed this highly effective, money-sleuthing approach at his investment firm, Giraffe Capital Corporation. Now, in The Sleuth Investor, he shares his proven intelligence-gathering methods for obtaining exclusive information even before industry insiders do-and using it to gain a decisive edge in buying and selling stock.

Through step-by-step guidance and illustrative examples, Mandelman demonstrates how you can track the four physical elements of a company: People (employees, customers, suppliers), Product (inventory, the product's physical movement, competing products), Plant (production facilities, offices), and Periphery (physical surroundings, community, the economic eco-chain). Obtaining physical clues gives you the ability to anticipate key company developments, such as imminent high growth, a coming disaster you can short profitably, and new product launches.

Using Mandelman's strategies and techniques, you'll learn how to:

  • Follow the physical movement of a product, either directly or indirectly, and connect it to financial results
  • Obtain exclusive information from low-level employees to make nearly sure bets
  • Collect information from a company's clients and suppliers-and use it to make lucrative investments
  • Integrate legal precautions into your sleuthing

    The amount of “foolish” money available to be taken by money sleuthing is enormous. Become a sleuth yourself by following the methods in The Sleuth Investor and you'll be making more money than ever before-perhaps even a fortune.

Avner Mandelman is founder and CEO of Giraffe Capital Corporation, one of Canada's most successful private investment firms. A recognized investing expert and television stock commentator, Mandelman spends much of his time sleuthing companies throughout North America. He writes a biweekly column for the Globe & Mail and his articles ha...
Title:The Sleuth Investor: Uncover the Best Stocks Before They make Their MoveFormat:HardcoverDimensions:224 pages, 9.1 × 6.3 × 0.94 inPublished:March 1, 2007Publisher:McGraw-Hill EducationLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0071481850

ISBN - 13:9780071481854


Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING! Most books about value investing will mention the Graham and Dodd method of selecting stocks that are cheap. Many will elaborate and state how Warren Buffett will only buy stock in a good company which he can understand. But how does one determine if the company is good? How can you understand a business as well as an insider, like Buffett understands his companies? Do you know a company well enough to put your retirement savings in the hands of this group of strangers? Most investment books dont answer any of these questions, which is what makes Mr. Mandelman's book so unique. In The Sleuth Investor, Mandelman states that you cannot obtain unique information and understand the mechanics of a business by sitting in an air conditioned office, reading the annual report, and crunching a few spreadsheets. You have to do some leg work. You have to speak to the company's clients, speak to management, and mingle with lower echelon employees at the local watering hole. If need be, you have to count the number of delivery trucks going to and from the business, you have to recognize the key players in an industry as if they were members of your favourite sports team. Only then will you know more than most investors and you can profit from their ignorance. The style of primary research is reminiscent of Philip Fisher's "Common Stocks and Uncommon Profits". Philip Fisher was vague however on how he established industry contacts and he gave the impression that obtaining quality information from management was out of reach of the common investor. Mandelman's book however takes the approach that ANY investor can find this information, and sets out a concise method that anyone can follow. All of this seems like a lot of work, but Mandelman outlines a clear and concise method for finding this information. He also has a few sections on why the Efficient Market Hypothesis (EMH) is a bogus theory. It was entertaining to a fellow EMH basher and also quite comical. In summary, if you really want a leg up over index investors and passive analysts, if you really want to know your companies like Buffett knows his, you HAVE to get this book. It will pay for itself many times over.
Date published: 2007-03-27

Table of Contents



People who work for the company

People who work for the customers

People who work for suppliers


Product itself

Product supplies

Product's physical movement

Inside the company

Outside the company

Competing products


Production facilities



Physical surroundings


Customers and suppliers and economic eco-chain

How to pick stocks to sleuth

Traditional methods

Modern methods

Agents and principals

Giving like a secret agent

Appendix 1:

EMT (Efficient Market Theory)

Appendix 2:

Books, websites, other references, etc.