Joel Greenblatt is a great investor but also a professor at Columbia’s Business School. He also teaches a class titled “Value and Special Situation Investing”.
The course as described as follows:
This course will review the basic elements of fundamental analysis.
On the other hand, this will also provide practical experience in the following: business valuation, value investing, special situation investing, risk arbitrage, Options investments, risk assessment, and portfolio management.
List of Book Required To Read:
On the syllabus, Greenblatt provides a list of required and recommended books. For Example, below are a list of the books on the syllabus along with a brief description.
- Greenwald Bruce, Value Investing: From Graham to Buffett and Beyond –– required. In my humble opinion, indeed this is one of the best books on value investing. Bruce Greenwald is a professor at Columbia’s Business School and also director of research at First Eagle Funds.
- Haugen Robert, New Finance, The (4th Edition) –– required. Focuses on the evidence, causes, and history of over-reactive pricing in the stock market. This book also touches on topics like behavioral finance and provides evidence that the market is not efficient.
- The New Finance: The Case Against the Efficient Markets by Robert Haugen.
Books Recommended By Joel Greenblatt
- Greenblatt, Joel, You Can Be a Stock Market Genius –– required. Despite the book’s cheesy title, there is a wealth of information here. The book focuses on special situations including arbitrage, bankruptcies, and spinoffs. Similar to Seth Klarman’s Margin of safety, this is also probably the best book on special situation investing.
- Greenblatt, Joel, The Little Book That Still Beats the Market –– required. A very simple and quick read. The book discusses Joel Greenblatt’s famous magic formula. The formula calls for investing in companies that have high returns on capital and high earnings yield.
- The Little Book That Beats the Market by Joel Greenblatt
- Cunningham, Lawrence, The Essays of Warren Buffett –– required. A compilation of Berkshire Hathaway shareholder letters, all organized by topic. If you want to know about Buffett this might be the best book to start off with.
Other Books Recommended To Read:
- Hooke, Jeffery, Security Analysis on Wall Street –– recommended. The book is a step-by-step explanation of how to analyze a stock. Also, teaches the reader about intrinsic value, relative value, and acquisition value.
- O’Shaughnessy James, What Works on Wall Street –– recommended. The author examines several decades of market data and shows how 15 of the most common investment tactics have fared over that time horizon.
- Dreman David Contrarian Investment Strategies – The Next Generation–– recommended. This book is very undervalued in my opinion. Dreman discusses his contrarian approach to investing while ripping the efficient market theory along the way. Indeed, this is one of my top five favorite investment books.
- Graham, Benjamin, The Intelligent Investor –– recommended. I am very surprised this is only recommended reading. As I have stated several times this is the bible of investing. This book is the cornerstone of value investing. I assume Greenblatt’s assumption is that most students have read the book before taking the class.
- How to Profit from Special Situations in the Stock Market by Maurece Schiller
- Quality of Earnings by Thorton O’Glove
- Plus – selections from Benjamin Graham,
Mary Buffett, and more.
- Security Analysis on Wall Street by Jeffrey C. Hooke
- The Detective and the Investor: Uncovering Investment Techniques from the Legendary Sleuths by Robert G. Hagstrom
Graham, Dreman Buffett .
(Source: Class notes)