In 2005, Joel Greenblatt published a book that is already considered one of the classics of finance literature. In The Little Book that Beats the Market a New York Times bestseller with 300,000 copies in print Greenblatt explained how investors can outperform the popular market averages by simply and systematically applying a formula that seeks out good businesses when they are available at bargain prices. Now, with a new Introduction and Afterword for 2010, The Little Book that Still Beats the Market updates and expands upon the research findings from the original book. Included are data and analysis covering the recent financial crisis and model performance through the end of 2009. In a straightforward and accessible style, the book explores the basic principles of successful stock market investing and then reveals the author s time-tested formula that makes buying above average companies at below average prices automatic. Though the formula has been extensively tested and is a breakthrough in the academic and professional world, Greenblatt explains it using 6th grade math, plain language and humor. He shows how to use his method to beat both the market and professional managers by a wide margin. You ll also learn why success eludes almost all individual and professional investors, and why the formula will continue to work even after everyone knows it. While the formula may be simple, understanding why the formula works is the true key to success for investors. The book will take readers on a step-by-step journey so that they can learn the principles of value investing in a way that will provide them with a long term strategy that they can understand and stick with through both good and bad periods for the stock market. As the Wall Street Journal stated about the original edition, Mr. Greenblatt says his goal was to provide advice that, while sophisticated, could be understood and followed by his five children, ages 6 to 15. They are in luck. His Little Book is one of the best, clearest guides to value investing out there.
"Simply perfect. One of the most important investment books of the last 50 years!"
"A landmark booka stunningly simple and low-risk way to significantly beat the market!"
Michael Steinhardt, the Dean of Wall Street hedge fund managers
"This book is the finest simple distillation of modern value investing principles ever written. It should be mandatory reading for all serious investorsfrom the fourth grade on up."
Professor Bruce Greenwald, Director of the Heilbrunn Center for Graham and Dodd Investing, Columbia Business School
"The book unquestionably makes good on its promises."
"Greenblatt delivers admirably . . . it contains one of the clearest, most entertaining explanations you'll ever see of the ideas underlying value investing."
International Herald Tribune
Foreword by Andrew Tobias xiii
Introduction to the 2010 Edition xvii
Introduction to the Original Edition xxi
Chapter One 1
Chapter Two 9
Chapter Three 17
Chapter Four 27
Chapter Five 39
Chapter Six 51
Chapter Seven 61
Chapter Eight 71
Chapter Nine 81
Chapter Ten 93
Chapter Eleven 105
Chapter Twelve 115
Chapter Thirteen 127
Step-by-Step Instructions 137
Afterword to the 2010 Edition 145