Joel Greenblatt Mixes Passive With Active To Overcome Destructive Investor Behavior

Joel Greenblatt

An exclusive interview with legendary value investor Joel Greenblatt on overcoming destructive investor behavior by combining passive with active strategies.

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One of the biggest challenges investors face is protecting themselves from their emotions. Our natural instincts are to jump in when the market waters are fine and run for cover when conditions get rough. That very natural tendency has kept humans alive for millennia but it has destroyed many a nest egg since investing began.

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How to overcome that very natural human behavior has led this week’s guest to substantially change his investment style, specifically to help his shareholders not make that mistake. He and his longtime investing and business partner, Robert Goldstein have transitioned from a very successful focused and aggressive hedge fund approach to, most recently, a combination of passive and active.

He is Joel Greenblatt, a great value investor, financial thought leader and author of several bestselling books including The Little Book That Still Beats the Marketwhich is considered an investment classic. He is managing principal and Co-Chief Investment Officer of Gotham Asset Management which he co-founded in 2009 and where he co-manages hedge funds and several mutual funds using long/short strategies. Before that he co-managed an extremely concentrated hedge fund at Gotham Capital with 34% annualized returns over ten years.

In 2015 he co-founded the Gotham Index Plus fund  for institutional investors and recently introduced an investor class version for individuals. The fund combines index investing, tied to the S&P 500 with actively managed long/short strategies. The fund owns, goes long, the S&P stocks trading at the biggest discount to their value and sells short the companies trading at the greatest premium. The fund recently received a five-star rating from Morningstar. It has beaten the S&P 500 by three full percentage points a year, on an annualized basis since inception, making it the number one fund in its Large Blend category which includes over a thousand other funds.

As usual, this week’s program is available to our PREMIUM subscribers immediately.  In our exclusive EXTRA feature, Greenblatt will describe his next big philanthropic project to encourage job creation and reduce inequality in the United States. Greenblatt does not think small!

Thank you for spending your precious time with us. Have a lovely weekend, and make the week ahead a profitable and a productive one.

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Video Archive

Joel Greenblatt from the WEALTHTRACK Archives:

Greenblatt: Hybrid Investing

How do you prevent investors from buying and selling at the wrong time? Financial innovator and successful value investor, Gotham Funds’ Joel Greenblatt explains his new hybrid approach combining indexing and his active long/short strategies.

Greenblatt: Strategy Change

It isn’t often that a very successful hedge fund manager with a winning strategy closes up shop, but that is exactly what this week’s Great Investor guest did in 1995. It’s equally unusual to get back in the business more than a decade later with a dramatically altered strategy. Joel Greenblatt of the Gotham Funds will explain his big change in portfolio strategy, from a very concentrated approach to broad diversification.