Greenblatt Weighs in on Active Management

“Most people have a tough time sticking with active managers who underperform for a period of time. But of course, if you’re going to beat the market, you have to do something different than the market. And active managers will zig and zag differently,” explains Joel Greenblatt, founder of Gotham Asset Management, in a recent interview with Morningstar. Greenblatt discusses his firm’s disciplined valuation process that uses both absolute and relative value metrics to rank the 2,000 companies in its database, “We stick to it. It works over time.” According to Greenblatt, the vast majority of investors lack the experience […]

Greenblatt’s Magic + 5 Value Stocks that Make the Cut

Hedge fund manager Joel Greenblatt, author of The Little Book that Beats the Market, uses what he calls a “magic formula” to earn returns that outperform the market. In a recent article for TheStreet.com, John Reese, CEO of Validea, explains Greenblatt’s strategy of focusing on return-on-capital and earnings yield to find “good companies at bargain prices.” But this straightforward, seemingly simple strategy is no magic bullet. It is based on a long-term view (3 to 5 years) and requires discipline to stay the course and ride out short term bumps in the road. Here are five stocks that earn high […]

Greenblatt on Why Passive, not Active, is Best for Most Investors

“I think the big move now is from active [investing] to passive, and that’s good for most people,” says Joel Greenblatt, Managing Principal of Gotham Asset Management and the guru Validea’s “Earnings Yield Investor” is based on. In a recent interview with CNBC, Greenblatt shared his opinion that “most people shouldn’t be picking individual stocks unless they know how to value businesses. That’s hard work, and a full time job.” When it comes to selecting active funds, investors are faced with challenges as well. For example, investors need to use their judgement and research to determine which fund managers are […]

Greenblatt: Why I Changed Strategies

Why did top strategist Joel Greenblatt change his investment strategy from a highly concentrated one to one that invests in hundreds of stocks? That is one of the many interesting topics Greenblatt covers in a recent interview with WealthTrack.