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This site has a number of articles related to valuation, including
interactive graphs that explain finance math, and a guide to understanding
(Or for something completely different, you can learn about
modern portfolio theory, where the goal is to avoid valuations altogether and instead try to find an efficient mix of index funds.)
When it comes to finding value, the world's greatest investor is also the world's clearest explainer:
Warren Buffett's letters to shareholders in the annual reports of Berkshire Hathaway are an ongoing classic.
Smartmoney.com has a DCF calculator with estimated growth rates built in.
The Financial Times has a
dividend discount calculator, among other free financial tools.
(FT's Investors Chronicle once said some
nice things about us, but you'll have to become a subscriber to see what they are.)
Extensive valuation articles and spreadsheets are available on pages by two NYU finance professors,
Aswath Damodaran and
This SmartMoney article applies several valuation techniques, using eBay as an example.
(Some of these pages mention us ...)
It's hard to find books that cover valuation in a way that's both readable and accurate.
One that strikes the right balance (on a lot of topics) is
The Ten Day MBA.
If you want something more in-depth, Williams' Theory of Investment Value is still in print.
Among modern references, the most popular seems to be Damodaran's Investment Valuation.
The appendix in The Warren Buffett Way gives a discounted earnings analysis of seven different investments Buffett made, with a discussion in the main text on where the numbers are coming from.
It's also interesting to read information packets prepared by companies planning mergers and acquisitions.
These usually contain one or more valuation analyses done in different ways.
Be aware that some of these may be more "sales job" than "science": their purpose is to reassure shareholders that the upcoming merger makes sense.
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