"Quantitative Value is a must read for those with a love of value investing and a desire to make the investment process less ad-hoc. A must read."--Tony Tang, Ph.D., Global Macro Researcher and Portfolio Manager, AQR Capital Management
"Gray and Carlisle take you behind the curtains to build a black box based on the best value minds in finance. They combine academia's best ideas with the ideas of Buffet, Graham, and Thorp, to develop a quant system that performs in markets both good and bad."--Mebane Faber, Author of The Ivy Portfolio and Portfolio Manager for Cambria Investment Management
"This book is an excellent primer to quantitative investing. It combines insights from both academic luminaries and successful professional investors, and presents them in a clear, engaging manner. The authors rigorously back-test simple strategies that can be used by the individual as well as institutional investor."--Alex Edmans Ph.D., Finance Professor at The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
"Quantitative Value is the new guide to Graham-and-Doddsville. Gray and Carlisle synthesize the lessons of the great value investors to systematically identify high quality value stocks while avoiding common behavioral pitfalls."--Tadas Viskanta, Founder and Editor, Abnormal Returns; Author of Abnormal Returns: Winning Strategies from the Frontlines of the Investment Blogosphere.
"We seek to marry Ed Thorp's quantitative approach to Warren Buffett's value investment philosophy." That's the approach we take in our Value Investing class at UC Davis and Quantitative Value will become required reading for our class. The book we wish we would have written!"--Lonnie J. Rush and Jacob L. Taylor, Managing Partners of Farnam Street Investments and Visiting Professors at UC Davis Graduate School of Management
From the Inside Flap
1) How to avoid stocks that can cause a permanent loss of capital: Learn how to uncover financial statement manipulation, fraud, and financial distress.
2) How to find stocks with the highest quality: Learn how to find strong economic franchises, and robust financial strength. Gray and Carlisle look at long term returns on capital and assets, free cash flow, and a variety of metrics related to margins and general financial strength.
3) The secret to finding deeply undervalued stocks: Does the price-to-earnings ratio find undervalued stocks better than free cash flow? Gray and Carlisle examine the historical data on over 50 valuation ratios, including some unusual metrics, rare multi-year averages, and uncommon combinations.
4) The five signals sent by smart money: The book uncovers the signals sent by insiders, short sellers, shareholder activists and institutional investment managers.
After detailing the quantitative value investment process, Gray and Carlisle conduct a historical test of the resulting quantitative value model. Their conclusions are surprising and counter-intuitive.
The book includes a companion website that offers a monthly-updated screening tool to find stocks using the model outlined in the book, an updated back-testing tool, and a blog about recent developments in quantitative value investing. For any investor who wants to make the most of their time in today's complex marketplace, they should look no further than Quantitative Value.