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You Can Be a Stock Market Genius: Uncover the Secret Hiding Places of Stock Market Profits Paperback – February 25, 1999
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The stock-market profits that investment pro Greenblatt is chasing are found in some areas not usually considered by the average investor: spin-offs, mergers, risk arbitrage, restructurings, rights offerings, bankruptcies, liquidations, and asset sales. Greenblatt acknowledges that pursuing them will require some time, effort, patience, and experience. But he argues that because these areas are not overstudied by the analysts, possible market inefficiencies can be exploited. He explains each area with case studies from his own experience. Librarians will love his answer to the question, "Where can you find these special investment opportunities?"?read, read, read?and he gives the best places to look, emphasizing that you can pirate good ideas but you still need to do your own homework. None of this should be beyond the experienced investor (Greenblatt himself says he doesn't "like to work too hard to understand an investment"), but it is probably beyond the neophyte.?Alexander Wenner, Indiana Univ. Lib., Bloomington
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
The Wall Street Journal Joel Greenblatt can indeed teach you about the market and how fortunes can be made there.
Andrew Tobias bestselling author of The Only Investment Guide You'll Ever Need I hope few investors will read this smart, sophisticated, fun book. I don't want competition profiting from its very real insights.
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!
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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.
Here's the thing... The strategies explained in this book if used correctly could make up your whole portfolio. (Some of the strategies would be too risky by themselves; SpinOffs, however don't share that level of risk.) Mr. Greenblatt even suggests an option of using your favorite strategy as a core position and supplement it with the special situations addressed in this book.
However you decide to go about it, read then re-read this book. The writing style is very entertaining and the information is straight forward. All in all, a great guide and reference book. This is my Very Favorite Book on investing. I'll bet it will be yours as well, if you give it a read. And if you do? Remember, don't judge a book by its cover... or it's title.
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