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The book will take readers on a step-by-step journey so
that they can learn the principles of value investing in
a way that will provide them with a long-term strategy
that they can understand and stick with through both
good and bad periods for the stock market.
As the Wall Street Journal stated about the original edi-
tion, Mr. Greenblatt says his goal was to provide
advice that, while sophisticated, could be understood
and followed by his fi ve children, ages six to fi fteen.
They are in luck. His Little Book is one of the best,
clearest guides to value investing out there.
In 2005, Joel Greenblatt published a book that is al-
ready considered one of the classics of fi nance litera-
ture. In The Little Book That Beats the Marketa New York Times
bestseller with 300,000 copies in printGreenblatt
explained how investors can outperform the popular
market averages by simply and systematically applying
a formula that seeks out good businesses when they are
available at bargain prices. Now, with a new Introduc-
tion and Afterword for 2010, The Little Book That Still Beats
the Market updates and expands upon the research fi nd-
ings from the original book. Included are data and
analysis covering the recent fi nancial crisis and model
performance through the end of 2009.
In a straightforward and accessible style, the book ex-
plores the basic principles of successful stock market
investing and then reveals the authors time-tested for-
mula that makes buying above-average companies at
below-average prices automatic. Though the formula
has been extensively tested and is a breakthrough in the
academic and professional world, Greenblatt explains
it using sixth-grade math, plain language, and humor.
He shows how to use his method to beat both the market
and professional managers by a wide margin. Youll
also learn why success eludes almost all individual and
professional investors, and why the formula will con-
tinue to work even after everyone knows it.
While the formula may be simple, understanding why
the formula works is the true key to success for investors.
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Simply perfect. One of the most important investment books of the last 50 years!Michael Price
A landmark booka stunningly simple and low-risk way to signifi cantly beat the market!
Michael Steinhardt, the Dean of Wall Street hedge fund managers
This book is the fi nest simple distillation of modern value investing principles ever written. It should be mandatory reading for all serious investors
from the fourth grade on up. Professor Bruce Greenwald, Director of the Heilbrunn Center for
Graham and Dodd Investing, Columbia Business School
The book unquestionably makes good on its promises.SmartMoney
Greenblatt delivers admirably . . . it contains one of the clearest, most entertaining explanations youll ever see of the ideas underlying value investing.
International Herald Tribune
C O N T I N U E D O N B A C K F L A P
C O N T I N U E D F R O M F R O N T F L A P
JOEL GREENBLATT is the founder of Gotham Capital, an invest-
ment partnership that achieved 40%
annualized returns for the twenty years
after its founding in 1985. He is a
professor on the adjunct faculty of Columbia Business
School, the Chief Strategist for Formula Investing,
the former chairman of the board of a Fortune 500
company, and the author of You Can Be a Stock Market
Genius and The Little Book That Beats the Market. Greenblatt
holds a BS and an MBA from the Wharton School.U
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Updated with New Introduction and Afterword
NEW YORK TIMES
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The best book on the subject in years.
The best book on the subject in years. Financial Times
The Little Book [That Beats the Market ] is one of the best, clearest guides to value investing out there.
The Wall Street Journal
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THE LITTLE BOOK
THAT STILL BEATS THE MARKET
THE LITTLE BOOK
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STILL BEATS THE MARKET
John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
THE LITTLE BOOK
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Copyright 2010 by Joel Greenblatt. All rights reserved
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To my wonderful wife, Julie, and our five magnificent spin-offs
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Foreword by Andrew Tobias xiii
Introduction to the 2010 Edition xvii
Introduction to the Original Edition xxi
Chapter One 1Chapter Two 9Chapter Three 17Chapter Four 27Chapter Five 39Chapter Six 51Chapter Seven 61
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Chapter Eight 71Chapter Nine 81Chapter Ten 93Chapter Eleven 105Chapter Twelve 115Chapter Thirteen 127
Step-by-Step Instructions 137
Afterword to the 2010 Edition 145
[vi i i ] CO N T E N TS
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I AM GRATEFUL TO THE MANY FRIENDS, colleagues, andfamily who have contributed to this project. In particular,special thanks are due to my partners at Gotham Capital,Rob Goldstein and John Petry. Not only are they the truecoauthors of the Magic Formula study that appears in thisbook, but it is also a rare privilege to be associated withsuch brilliant, talented, and generous people. Their con-tributions to this bookand to the success of GothamCapitalcannot be overstated and are appreciated morethan they know. I would also like to give special thanks toEdward Ramsden at Caburn Capital for his extraordinarilyinsightful com