From the "guru to Wall Street's gurus" comes the fundamental techniques of value investing and their applications
Bruce Greenwald is one of the leading authorities on value investing. Some of the savviest people on Wall Street have taken his Columbia Business School executive education course on the subject. Now this dynamic and popular teacher, with some colleagues, reveals the fundamental principles of value investing, the one investment technique that has proven itself consistently over time. After covering general techniques of value investing, the book proceeds to illustrate their applications through profiles of Warren Buffett, Michael Price, Mario Gabellio, and other successful value investors. A number of case studies highlight the techniques in practice.
Bruce C. N. Greenwald (New York, NY) is the Robert Heilbrunn Professor of Finance and Asset Management at Columbia University. Judd Kahn, PhD (New York, NY), is a member of Morningside Value Investors. Paul D. Sonkin (New York, NY) is the investment manager of the Hummingbird Value Fund. Michael van Biema (New York, NY) is an Assistant Professor at the Graduate School of Business, Columbia University.
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Table of Contents
Preface to the First Edition.
PART I: AN INTRODUCTION TO VALUE INVESTING.
1. Value Investing: Definitions, Distinctions, Results, Risks, Principles.
2. Searching for Value: Fish Where the Fish Are.
PART 11: THREE SOURCES OF VALUE.
3. Valuation in Principle, Valuation in Practice.
4. Valuing the Assets: From Book Value to Replacement Costs.
5. Earning Power Value: Assets Plus Franchise.
6. A Wonderful Little Franchise: The Earning Power of WD-40.
7. Inside Intel: The Value of Growth Within the Franchise.
8. Constructing the Portfolio: Risk, Diversification, and Default Strategies.
PART III: VALUE INVESTING IN PRACTICE: PROFILES OF EIGHT VALUE INVESTORS.
9. Warren Buffett: Investing Is Allocating Capital.
10. Mario Gabelli: Discovering and Unlocking the Private Market Value.
11. Glenn Greenberg: Investigate, Concentrate, and--Watch That Basket.
12. Robert H. Heilbrunn: Investing in Investors.
13. Seth Klarman: Distressed Sellers, Absent Buyers.
14. Michael Price: Discipline, Patience, Focus, and Power.
15. Walter and Edwin Schloss: Keep It Simple, and Cheap.
16. Paul D. Sonkin: Small Is Beautiful, Especially When It's Ugly.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I have little doubt that true value investing -- buying stocks that are priced way below their intrinsic value -- is a sound strategy; but many investors reduce "value investing" down to a simple matter of checking the (forecast) key ratios of Dividend Yield, Price / Earnings, and PEG.
My own research in "Stock Fundamentals On Trial: Do Dividend Yield, P/E and PEG Really Work?" demonstrates that buying stocks simply on the basis of forecast high yield, low P/E, or low PEG was no more effective than -- and probably much worse than -- trying to time the onset of general bull and bear markets using an Index Fund. In fact, a pseudo-value investor would probably resort to market timing anyway; in the sense that he would sell out his 'value' stocks when the price fell, before they realized their true value.
My point is that if you are going to practise "value investing" then you need to do so properly, not from a simplistic cursory inspection the fundamental ratios. You need a more in-depth study of a company's financial standing and prospects. Which is where this book comes in. And the original book "The Intelligent Investor: The Definitive Book on Value Investing."
Tony Loton, author --
"Stock Fundamentals On Trial: Do Dividend Yield, P/E and PEG Really Work?"
This is a very lucid, practical introduction to the principles of value investing. It is detached, relatively objective considering the authors¿ bias in favor of the subject, doesn¿t hype or hard-sell and, on the whole, would be a valuable addition to any investor¿s bookshelf. If you¿re a relative beginner, your shelf will also need to include a dictionary of financial terms ¿ the authors assume you already know the vocabulary. And who is the Graham cited in the title? He is Benjamin Graham, who all but invented security analysis. With coauthor David Dodd, he produced the book Security Analysis in 1934. Later, Graham wrote The Intelligent Investor. Both books are investment classics and have been revised and re-issued. This one may endure, as well, based on its thorough exposition on how to value a company and its instructive profiles of value investing heavyweights. Our recommendation: strong buy, long term hold.
Excellent book that takes the realities of the market today and applies the value investing techniques of old. Professor Greenwald shows through illustrative examples that fundamental analysis still rule the day. As a former student of his, I found many of the same concepts he espoused in class to be in this book. However, he goes another level deeper in his analysis of different companies that I still found many take-aways. Also, the review of the vastly different value investing styles out there was extremely helpful in my own investing beliefs and provided me with additional resources to learn more about value investing.
Value investing is so unpopular now, that many do not know about this highly successful form of investing as practiced by its greatest masters. Value Investing helps to overcome that ignorance among the newest generation of investors. That is good and timely, because we seem to be entering a time when value investors often make their greatest coups. If you believe that the stock market is totally efficient (current prices accurately discount everything that is or could be known about the company to accurately price a company¿s securities), you will think this book is irrelevant. If you think that stock prices normally over or under value a company¿s worth, you will find this book fascinating. If you want to have a decent chance of learning how to outperform indexed mutual funds, this book is one of a handful that can help you. The methods and investors outlined in this book have successfully beaten the market averages for decades. So whether you try to do apply the concepts for yourself, or have your money invested by one of these top value investment managers, value investing is a discipline that can help you achieve superior investing results. In some of the many back tests run in recent years to test for market efficiency concerning stock prices, simply buying stocks with low price/earnings and price/book ratios proved to outperform the market averages. More thoughtful stock-picking can do even better. But the ideas in this book are far more important than that. Value Investing shows the many ways that situations where securities are underpriced can be found and exploited. The masters of this approach do a lot of fundamental homework, and look carefully from several different perspectives. Many people identify value investing with Benjamin Graham and the early Warren Buffett. This book expands that perspective by also profiling Mario Gabelli, Glenn Greenberg, Robert Heilbrunn, Seth Klarman, Michael Price, Water and Edwin Schloss, and Paul Sonkin. You will find out about how they were educated, the value disciplines they have used, their long-term track records, and how they differ from one another. You should realize that value investing is above-all an intellectual and cross-checking exercise (a bit like chess), far removed from emotion of day-trading and the thrills of following trading momentum. You need to be patient. Years can pass without any good opportunities arising. You will often sell stocks far before their ultimate peak. So you will have to think about how well the psychology of the careful hunter with one bullet in your rifle matches the way you like to do things. One of the hardest things to accommodate is that your results will look worst when everyone else is picking up easy money, mindlessly, by running with the herd of rampaging bulls. As helpful as this book is, Value Investing has a number of weaknesses. First, new investors will probably get a little lost in the discussions. The authors usually begin at a level of understanding that people who have attended business school have. Second, you will find it hard to run down more details on concepts you don¿t quite get. Third, you will get a flavor of what each investor has done . . . but not the full detail. So, think of this as a wine tasting. If you find some styles you like, plan to do more reading and studying. Fourth, if you were only taught the investing creed according to efficient markets, you will probably wonder what all the fuss is about. The book could have used more references to the new research that challenges the assumptions built into CAPM (the Capital Asset Pricing Model). In your personal life, do you ever find it rewarding to get a great bargain on something of value that you care about? If so, value investing may be for you. The sense of satisfaction is similar, and the financial rewards can be greater. Be cautious as you apply any investing method to outperform the ma
As a very recent former student of Professor Greenwald's, I can say unequivocally that he is one of the most shrewd business thinkers around. His advice should be zealously heeded.