- Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: Touchstone; 1st Fireside Ed edition (February 25, 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0684840073
- ISBN-13: 978-0684840079
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.4 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 199 customer reviews
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Alan C. "Ace" Greenburg Chairman of the Board, Bear Stearns Joel is my kind of guy -- very, very long on common sense. This book is great!
About the Author
Joel Greenblatt is the founder and a managing partner of Gotham Capital, a private investment partnership that has achieved 40% annualized returns since its inception in 1985. He is a professor on the adjunct faculty of Columbia Business School, the former chairman of the board of a Fortune 500 company, the cofounder of ValueInvestorsClub.com, and the author of You Can Be a Stock Market Genius. Greenblatt holds a BS and an MBA from the Wharton School.
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I particularly enjoyed the chapter about bankruptcy, and the case studies about spinoffs were also very valuable. My favorite example, though, was when he discussed Viacom taking over Paramount pictures because back in 2006 I had read Sumner Redstone's book, A Passion to Win, and he spent about 10 pages talking about this deal, and how the price for Paramount soared as a competitor kept professing it was their "manifest destiny" to own it. Seeing a less personal perspective on this was very good.
Lastly, it was great to see that while the majority of the deals he discusses were great successes, they tended to take some time. I remember one investment that stayed flat for quite some time and threatened to be worthless. It ended up making a substantial return, but the following year. The lesson I took away was that if you need the money for luxuries like food, then you don't need to be investing it.
The author specializes in event-driven investing and goes over how you can use it in your personal investing too, as well as how to look at the relevant SEC filings when these events (spinoffs, spinouts, insider selling) and what to look for in them. It's essentially an extension of Securities Analysis. It also discusses LEAPS and Merger Securities if you're interested in that. I don't deal with them personally. In the same section there is a very cogent overview of options. It also discusses how to examine bankruptcies and bankruptcy filings with an eye towards investment. I photocopied and thumbtacked to my wall pages 219-220, which details all the important event-driven SEC filings, in and of itself essentially worth whatever the book costs.
The book is loaded with Case Studies taken from the real world. This book wasn't written by some stuffy academic, this guy walks the walk, check his fund results. He can also write quite well and his interpretation of case studies is often sprinkled with humor. Not that it matters all that much in a finance book, since I don't read this sort of books for pleasure, but it certainly makes the often dense topics a lot easier to read.
Also, as an aside, it made me buckets of money by giving me knowledge necessary to understand and profit from the News Corp. spinout which I otherwise wouldn't have.
One of the best financial books I've ever read. Highest possible recommendation
The book in a sentence: a forced seller is the best companion for an enterprising investor
If you consider yourself a serious, enterprising value investor, this book is REQUIRED reading.
This book does not have any "magic formulas" to help you get rich overnight, but it gives the reader something far more valuable - a repeatable process.
This is simply the best book on special situations investments. Greenblatt's writing is clear and concise. I never thought a finance book could be funny but I laughed out loud at some points.