Financial innovation, new laws and regulations, and the financial meltdown of 2007-2008 are just a few of the forces that have shaped, and continue to shape, today's distress investment environment. Combine this with the fact that the discipline of distress investing doesn't always follow what conventional wisdom says, and you can see why it is one of the most challenging areas in finance.
Nobody understands this better than Martin Whitman - the legendary founder of Third Avenue Management LLC and a pioneer in the field of distressed markets - and leading academic Dr. Fernando Diz of Syracuse University. That's why they decided to write Distress Investing. As an outgrowth of annual distress and value investing seminars the two have taught together at Syracuse University's Martin J. Whitman School of Management, this reliable resource will help you gain a better understanding of the essential principles and techniques associated with distress investing and show you how to effectively apply them in the real world.
Divided into four comprehensive parts - the General Landscape of Distress Investing, Restructuring Troubled Issuers, the Investment Process, and Cases and Implications for Public Policy - this book comprehensively covers the practice of buy-and-hold investing in distressed credits, whether it be performing loans or the reinstated issues of a reorganized issuer.
From the recent changes to U.S. bankruptcy code and creditor rights to cash bailouts, you'll quickly learn how to analyze distressed situations such as pricing issues, arbitrage opportunities, tax disadvantages, and the reorganization of funding plans. Along the way, case studies of both large and small distress investing deals - from Kmart to Home Products International - will give you a better perspective of the business.
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I have no idea how to apply any of the information talked about in this book. I thought I was going to learn how to invest in distressed stocks, but it just keeps going on and on and on talking about past stats and distressed companies of the past. I couldn't even make it past chapter 2. I literally couldn't take anymore and had to turn it off, but not before quickly listening to the beginning of all the other chapters that just continue to ramble on. The author has no idea how to engage the reader. I don't know how the guy reading this book didn't fall asleep. I think the author wrote this book just to hear himself talk. I'd be surprised if he ever invested in a distressed company himself. From the little I could stand listening too, it sounds like you'd have to be a multi millionaire to invest in a distressed company and you'd have to be stock market or CEO wizard to following the endless statistical rambling. If you're interested in endless percentages that you can apply to nothing than this is the book for you! Total waste of my time and money.
Kind of rambling...
Having read Moyer's Distressed Debt Analysis (a solid book), I was hoping for something similar but the author is kind of all over the place going from hokey (spending too much time on "bear raiders" and fumbling explanations for why EMH does not hold at all, not just in distressed debt) to highy technical (sometimes using absurd acronyms that no industry participants really use) with little warning. It could also be possible that my standards are too high -- this book does give some general intro on to what distressed investing is and how some people go about it.
No, there are plenty of other good ones although I'm beginning to question whether an audiobook is the best format for this type of material.