Daniel Seth Loeb is the founder of the New York based hedge fund Third Point LLC, which at the end of the third quarter of 2014 reported assets under management of $17.5 billion.
The outspoken and prominent value investor founded the hedge fund in 1995 and is currently responsible for the business activities of Third Point. He is also the managing member and chairman of Third Point, LLC.
Dan Loeb is known for his explicit public letters regarding the performance and actions of other financial executives. His mocking letters are an entertaining yet the thought-provoking approach of addressing and disapproving a certain serious issue.
For more on Dan Loeb, head over to ValueWalk’s Dan Loeb Resource Page, where you can find a detailed rundown of his background, bio, and investment philosophy.
Dan Loeb: Recommended books
Reminiscences of a Stock Operator
Edwin Lefevre. Loeb calls the book a classic. The book is the thinly disguised biography of Jesse Livermore, a remarkable character who first started speculating in New England bucket shops at the turn of the century. Livermore, who was banned from these shady operations because of his winning ways, soon moved to Wall Street where he made and lost his fortune several times over. What makes this book so valuable are the observations that Lefèvre records about investing, speculating, and the nature of the market itself.
You Can Be a Stock Market Genius
Joel Greenblatt. Greenblatt’s book explains how best to invest such as spin-offs, mergers, risk arbitrage, etc. Loeb uses many of the strategies discussed in this book in his own investing strategy. Loeb is now alone in his admiration of the book. Seth Klarman also recommends Greenblatt’s book on his list of favorite books as detailed here.
Howard Schilit. The author details various tricks that management have used, and will continue to use in the future. They consist of various manipulations of the income statement, and the cash flow statement.
The Art of Short Selling
Kathryn Staley. A book about finding tricks used by management in financial statements, and using the information to short the company.
The Power of Story
Jim Loehr. Loeb’s favorite “non-investing” book. Loeb stated that the book can “change your destiny in business and in life.”