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The Big Secret for the Small Investor: A New Route to Long-Term Investment Success Hardcover – International Edition, 12 Apr 2011

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

1. 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.)

2. They can give money 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.)

3. 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.)

4. 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 bestselling 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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Acclaim for Joel Greenblatt′s New York Times bestseller

"One of the best, clearest guides to value investing out there."
Wall Street Journal

"Simply perfect. One of the most important investment books of the last fifty years!"
Michael Price

"A landmark book–a stunningly simple and low–risk way to significantly beat the market!"
Michael Steinhardt, the dean of Wall Street hedge–fund managers

"The best book on the subject in years."
Financial Times

"The best thing about this book–from which I intend to steal liberally for the next edition of The Only Investment Guide You′ll Ever Need–is that most people won′t believe it. . . . That′s good, because the more people who know about a good thing, the more expensive that thing ordinarily becomes. . . ."
Andrew Tobias, author of The Only Investment Guide You′ll Ever Need

"This book is the finest 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

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