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The Zulu Principle

Making extraordinary profits from ordinary shares

By Jim Slater

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The Zulu Principle

Making extraordinary profits from ordinary shares

By Jim Slater

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Jim Slater’s classic text brought back into print

Jim Slater makes available to the investor – whether the owner of only a few shares or an experienced investment manager with a large portfolio – the secrets of his success. Central to his strategy is The Zulu Principle, the benefits of homing in on a relatively narrow area.

Deftly blending anecdote and analysis, Jim Slater gives valuable selective criteria for buying dynamic growth shares, turnarounds, cyclicals, shells and leading shares. He also covers many other vitally relevant aspects of investment such as creative accounting, portfolio management, overseas markets and the investor’s relationship with his or her broker.

From The Zulu Principle you will learn exactly when to buy shares and, even more important, when to sell – in essence, how to to make ‘extraordinary profits from ordinary shares’.

About the author

Jim Slater trained as a Chartered Accountant but first became well-known for writing an investment column in The Sunday Telegraph under the nom-de-plume 'Capitalist' before starting Slater Walker in 1964. After his high-profile days in the City, Jim produced his autobiography and wrote many children's books and investment books including the best-selling The Zulu Principle. He devised Company REFS, a monthly company statistical guide, and took advantage of the commodities boom by co-founding Galahad Gold which over four years made profits averaging 66% per annum from gold, molybdenum and uranium investments.

www.jimslater.org.uk

Reviews

Praise for the original edition

“The writing is simple and easy – and fun – to read. This doesn’t mean that Slater has backed away from writing a book that is meant to beat the investment professionals at their own game. Few books are equally well suited in helping a prospective young investor raise his game.”

– Mats Larsson, InvestingByTheBooks

“Jim Slater was, for a time, the single most powerful influence on the business scene. Twenty years on, he has refined, honed and distilled his investment thoughts into a book that is vintage Slater: innovative, imaginative, original and fresh with sophisticated investment methods made to seem simple and glaringly obvious – if only you’d thought of them before.”

– Ivan Fallon, Sunday Times

“When I was making my run from being a small business man to something larger, Jim Slater dominated the City. Somehow or other he was involved in virtually every major deal. He rode the waves with unprecedented skill, imagination and charisma. No wonder this book is an essential building block for understanding investment.”

– Sir James Goldsmith

“Jim Slater’s book is very readable, alive and fascinating. For anyone seriously interested in investment, it is essential reading. I recommend it strongly.”

– Lord Hanson

Praise for the original edition

“The writing is simple and easy – and fun – to read. This doesn’t mean that Slater has backed away from writing a book that is meant to beat the investment professionals at their own game. Few books are equally well suited in helping a prospective young investor raise his game.”

– Mats Larsson, InvestingByTheBooks

“Jim Slater was, for a time, the single most powerful influence on the business scene. Twenty years on, he has refined, honed and distilled his investment thoughts into a book that is vintage Slater: innovative, imaginative, original and fresh with sophisticated investment methods made to seem simple and glaringly obvious – if only you’d thought of them before.”

– Ivan Fallon, Sunday Times

“When I was making my run from being a small business man to something larger, Jim Slater dominated the City. Somehow or other he was involved in virtually every major deal. He rode the waves with unprecedented skill, imagination and charisma. No wonder this book is an essential building block for understanding investment.”

– Sir James Goldsmith

“Jim Slater’s book is very readable, alive and fascinating. For anyone seriously interested in investment, it is essential reading. I recommend it strongly.”

– Lord Hanson

Media coverage

From Interactive Investor:

Growth at a reasonable price (GARP) investing was made famous by a fund manager called Peter Lynch. He produced stunning returns while running the Magellan fund for Fidelity Investments (he later wrote One Up on Wall Street). In the years that followed, the late Jim Slater introduced a similar growth approach to the British investing… Read more »

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From ShareSoc:

“Selecting growth stocks”

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From The Times:

Written by the late Jim Slater, the well-known investor of the 1960s and 1970s, and recently updated, it shares some of the secrets of his success. Justin Urquhart Stewart of Seven Investment Management, the wealth manager, says: “The idea behind it was that if you study any subject, such as Zulus, for any length of… Read more »

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From Stockopedia:

?Investment is the art of the specific and selection is far more important than timing.? Of the stalwarts of stock market investing, Jim Slater?s enduring appeal to UK private investors perhaps owes the most to his obvious affection for high quality but not overpriced growth companies. For the former City corporate raider, broadsheet columnist and… Read more »

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From thetimes.co.uk:

The Zulu Principle is number five in The Times’ Ten books for the aspiring investor4th December 2010

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From fool.co.uk:

Jim Slater Picks Four Zulu SharesThe Motley Fool6th October 2010

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From Media Review:

Hot Shares And Heroin- Investors Chronicle20th September 2010

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From investorschronicle.co.uk:

Jim’s three gemsInvestors Chronicle20th March 2009

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From investorschronicle.co.uk:

Jim Slater’s top picksInvestors Chronicle13th March 2009

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From investorschronicle.co.uk:

Jim Slater: what I would buy nowInvestors Chronicle12th March 2009

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From fool.co.uk:

Money Talk Podcast: What Jim Slater Is Buying Now- Jim Slater talks to David Kuo and Maynard Paton in Motley Fool’s Money talk podcast20th February 2009

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From Investors Chronicle:

Feature and reader offer.

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From The Motley Fool:

“Jim Slater is one of the UK?s best known and successful investors. Find out more about his stock market strategy when he talks to David Kuo and Maynard Paton in this week?s Money talk podcast.”

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Contents

Acknowledgements
Preface to the 1992 edition
Preface 2008, Jim Slater

1. Winning
2. Small dynamic growth shares
3. Earnings, growth rates and the PEG factor
4. Creative accounting
5. Liquidity, cash flow and borrowings
6. Something new
7. Competitive advantage
8. Momentum and relative strength
9. Other criteria
10. Weighting the criteria
11. Cyclicals and turnarounds
12. Shells
13. Asset situations and value investing
14. Leading shares
15. Overseas markets
16. Your broker and you
17. Portfolio management
18. The Market
19. Ten guidelines
20. Glossary

Index



Published: 28/11/2008
Edition: 1st
Pages: 322
Formats: hardback - ISBN 9781905641918
ebook - ISBN 9780857190925
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