The Big Secret for the Small Investor

  • by Joel Greenblatt
  • Narrated by Adam Grupper
  • 3 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

When it comes to investing in the stock market, investors have plenty of options:

They can do it themselves. Trillions of dollars are invested this way. (Of course, the only problem here is that most people have no idea how to analyze and choose individual stocks. Well, not really the only problem. Most investors have no idea how to construct a stock portfolio, most have no idea when to buy and sell, and most have no idea how much to invest in the first place.)
They can give it to professionals to invest. Trillions of dollars are invested this way.(Unfortunately most professionals actually underperform the market averages over time. In fact,it may be even harder to pick good professional managers than it is to pick good individual stocks.)
They can invest in traditional index funds. Trillions of dollars are also invested this way.(The problem is that investing this way is seriously flawed--and almost a guarantee of subpar investment returns over time.)
They can read The Big Secret for the Small Investor and do something else. Not much is invested this way. Yet....
Let top hedge fund manager, Columbia business school professor, former Fortune 500 chairman and New York Times best-selling author Joel Greenblatt take you on a journey that will reveal the Big Secret for both individual and professional investors. Based on path-breaking new research, find out how anyone can beat the market, the index funds and the experts by following a new approach that relies on the principles of value investing, common sense and quantitative discipline. Along the way, learn where "value" comes from, how markets work, and what really happens on Wall Street. By journey's end, small investors (and even not-so-small investors) will have found their way to some excellent new investment choices.


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Missing something important...

Either I read Greenblatt's books out of order or this entire book missed the main point of why I read it... to learn how to value companies.

The book adeptly described the difficulty of being accurate in valuations of a business and offered some ways of thinking about valuing a business relative to many factors that I personally would not have thought of. The book went into very interesting detail about why the small investor has a big leg up on hamstrung Wall St. mutual fund managers just seeking to keep their day jobs. He even describes different types of indexes that you can buy and sell as ETFs and how these perform at higher levels than market cap indexes.

In the end, with all this high level understanding and real depth of knowledge on the intricacies of investing, I was still left without the basic strategy of how to go about valuing a business. Annoyingly, he kept alluding to us having or him later explaining the actual way to perform valuations, but it never came.

In the end, I'm like a first time fisherman trying to land a marlin with a 20 lb deep sea rod, 200 lb test line, the best lure money can buy, with no clue how to reel the **** thing in.
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- Golden Gate Love

Very Interesting Information

This is a really interesting book on some specific approaches to value investing. It has a lot of practical information. The book is also relatively short and an entertaining listen -- well, for a book on this subject.
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- John

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-05-2011
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio