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5.0 out of 5 stars Phenomenal
In a world filled with mutual fund managers who make millions for underperforming the S&P over the duration of their careers, students of investing should always ask to see a teacher's audited investment results before listening to a word.
Joel Greenblatt produced 50%+ annual returns over ten years. To put this superlative performance in context, it is better...
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3.0 out of 5 stars A great book for Wall Street Novice
Many readers probably never realized that this book gives out some of the best money-making secrets on Wall Street (somebody has to blow the whistle, right?). Everything explained in this book is real and is practiced by a wide array of firms such as investment banks, brokerage houses, and institutional investors. Each year, instituions spent billions of dollars...
Published on June 2 1999


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5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific Read Despite the Schleppy Title, May 5 2000
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S. Schneider (Del Mar, California) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: You Can Be a Stock Market Genius: Uncover the Secret Hiding Places of Stock Market Profits (Paperback)
This is an amazingly generous roadmap to lesser-known corners of the securities market. When I first picked it up about 2 years ago, I was terribly disappointed because all the strategies Greenblatt describes require a fair amount of WORK and careful thought --and it was my impression that "Stock Market Genius" entailed effortless wizardry! But the work is contagious and engaging (like digging for buried treasure, as aptly described by Joel Greenblatt).
Despite the book's schleppy and seemingly unrealistic title, Greenblatt's descriptions are wonderfully realistic and honest. In particular, although I've looked for other resources on spinoff investment strategies, everything you really need to know is in this book. The author's style is flippant but endearing, and the reader will get more than his/her money's worth from the ideas described in this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best book I've found for making real money in stocks!, March 28 1999
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Joel Greenblatt really introduces new concepts and ideas into the investing world. You won't find the same old information thrown around again, and you won't find a new number crunching method or explanation. You'll find really inventive thinking. After reading books from Benjamin Graham and Phillip Fisher, it is interesting that there is a book that really does teach me somethings I didn't know.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent discussion of hidden value and arbitrage opps., Sept. 19 1998
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jgoldber@fas.harvard.edu (Cambridge, Massachusetts) - See all my reviews
Greenblatt's book is an excellent, easy to read explanation for why such apparently unappealing Wall Street actions as corporate spinoffs are actually a terrific investment opportunity. Through sample cases and anecdotes, the author gives an excellent discussion of the fundamentals of good investments, from upside potential of stocks to managerial incentives.
I strongly recommend this book to anyone interested in learning about some of the black and white fundamentals of the market.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Poor title, great book., Dec 17 1997
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The title of this book does not give due justice to the contents which is excellent.
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5.0 out of 5 stars FANTASTIC!, Aug. 20 1997
If you are just starting out, or an experienced investor, this book is a must read! I could not put it down once I started. There are many insightful "clues" that the author outlines and these are woven together with past case studies to present a picture of what one might look for in future opportunities. This should be required reading for anyone interested in investing! Thanks to Joel Greenblatt for giving us his secrets
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5.0 out of 5 stars This book is the best investment book ever written., May 17 1997
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Joel Greenblatt has written an absolutely incredible investmentbook. He shares secrets that he has used succesfully in his investingcareer. His firm, Gotham Capital is one of the most succesful hedge firms in the world. The book is funny, entertaining, clever, but most importantly, it can really help you make money in the market. Read it now!
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5.0 out of 5 stars the best investment book in a long time, May 5 1997
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This book is witty engaging and filled with solid advice.Greenblatt's methods are quite different than those of a standardvalue investor. He points out potential areas in which value is likely to be found, namely spinoffs, mergers, bankruptcies and such "special situations". He does not minimize the amount of work needed to verify that an idea really represents value, but he claims that it should not be too hard to find several good values every year, which is all the individual investor needs (his advantage over a mutual fund). This book goes on my very short list of stock market classics, along with Klarman's Margin of Safety.
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5.0 out of 5 stars spinoffs are wonderful, March 5 1997
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spinoffs are an excellent way to profit from wall streets inefficencies
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5.0 out of 5 stars ONE OF THE BETTER BOOKS ON INVESTING, Feb. 23 2004
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This review is from: You Can Be a Stock Market Genius: Uncover the Secret Hiding Places of Stock Market Profits (Paperback)
I read stock market investment books like some cooks read cookbooks-- for a new idea that can change the recipe and make the outcome a better success. I received several good ideas from this book. It is a keeper. I would also recommend the three (or or there more?) books by R. Max Bowser who has an unique system where he even guarantees $5,000 if the reader does not make a profit using his system. Mr. Bowser states that he has refined his investment system on an ongoing basis (adding improvements) over the past 20 years (Take a glance at Mr. Bowser's book, "Guaranteed Profits With Small Stocks"). There are so many good investment books out there and the serious investor should keep up with the new books to have a stream of fresh new ideas.
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