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Merger Mania: Arbitrage : Wall Street's Best Kept Money-Making Secret Hardcover – May, 1985

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The classic text on the practice of arbitrage providing the framework for participating in the practice and how to profit from mergers. 242 pages; 5.5 x 8.5 inches.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 242 pages
  • Publisher: Holt Rinehart & Winston; 1 edition (May 1985)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0030026024
  • ISBN-13: 978-7034258270
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.6 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 2.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #309,814 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 4, 2004
Format: Hardcover
This book will teach you some things you never learned in law school about corporations. It's like a cookbook for someone who knows about cooking and it's very concise. Explaining how to take an investment position on a merger, it literally provides an inside look at how an arbitrage deal is put together. An "Anatomy of a Deal" chart provides a typical time line chart from the first approach in secret to the legal closing. Covers how tender offers work, merger defenses, calculating work-out values, potential profit and risk for cash only tenders, cash plus stock tenders, calculating target rate of return, and details of risks involved; how to determine if the merger will be completed, and more. Unlike other books which are overfilled with generalizations and boring histories of past deals, this book is really to the point on each topic with a minimum of "war stories" included to help to explain how things work. Moderately technical and not for casual entertainment but for serious investors who want to learn how to arbitrage mergers.
Several things are touched on only lightly, such as how to detect potential merger preparation and activities before official filings are done. While one wouldn't expect all of the incriminating details, a few hints would be nice to know about how to spot pre-notice merger preparations. Not a tell-all about the man himself but only about his methods he used to become wealthy. It is apparent that brilliant anaysis was the key to his success.
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Format: Hardcover
this is a great book bec it contains a lot of real-time applications for calculating the spread. And he includes futures & convert bonds as well. So this book is more valuable than seth klarman's book where it gives the generic rationale for buying cheap which you can easily get from a no of other money managers. boesky's gives actual deal calculations which may or may not work but it's way better than most arb books which are theorectical.

The only issue i would state for this book is the spread is locked in but egg-head arbs bringing out dynamic hedging via gamma hedging[see bookstaber's book & wilmott] implies that the spread is really not LOCKED IN.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Booksmarts Inc. on November 21, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Boesky wrote and released this book and then was indicted and arrested. Shortly thereafter, the publisher pulled the book. It was supposed to be a ''how to''. When it was revealed that Ivan's trades were based on insider information the book became a joke.
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