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Publisher's Summary

In 2005, Joel Greenblatt published a book that is already considered one of the classics of finance literature. In The Little Book that Beats the Market—a New York Times best seller with 300,000 copies in print—Greenblatt 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 Introduction and Afterword for 2010, The Little Book that Still Beats the Market updates and expands upon the research findings from the original book. Included are data and analysis covering the recent financial crisis and model performance through the end of 2009.

In a straightforward and accessible style, the book explores the basic principles of successful stock market investing and then reveals the author’s time-tested formula 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.

You’ll also learn why success eludes almost all individual and professional investors, and why the formula will continue 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. Greenblatt will take listeners 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.

©2010 Joel Greenblatt (P)2010 Simon and Schuster Audio

Critic Reviews

"Mr. Greenblatt…says his goal was to provide advice that, while sophisticated, could be understood and followed by his five children, ages 6 to 15. They are in luck. His ‘Little Book’ is one of the best, clearest guides to value investing out there.” (The Wall Street Journal)

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  • John
  • Chamblee, GA, United States
  • 06-25-11

Loads of Common Sense

This is a really good book that presents a cogent theory of value investing. The author also provides examples (updated by a website) on how to put the theory into practice.

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  • William
  • SALEM, OREGON, United States
  • 03-25-13

Simple rules for finding good investments

What made the experience of listening to The Little Book That Still Beats the Market the most enjoyable?

I like the simplicity and clarity in wading thru so much noise in investing to find what you need to select some good investments (using stock screeners, it makes it even easier). Warning: Does require patience, and I have not used this system to know how well it works... but Joel Greenblatt has a good reputation as a very good investor.

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  • Regina
  • LEXINGTON PARK, MD, United States
  • 09-29-12

Excellent stock mkt advice I can understand!

What did you love best about The Little Book That Still Beats the Market?

I loved how the author was able to simplify a complex industry into a simple down to earth concept that I was able to grasp and implement.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Little Book That Still Beats the Market?

The hot air balloon story.

Which scene was your favorite?

The little boy selling chewing gum. "You want some, you know you want some!"

What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

Investing in financially sound businesses at low prices on a routine basis.

Any additional comments?

I came across the book first. Then I went and downloaded it from Audible.com because I liked it so much and wanted to listen to it in my car!

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Waste of time

Something that can be summarized in couple pages should not qualify as a book. If you are a teenager and want to have 101 on markets and want to understand investing on companies with high returns on capital, this book is for you but read an online summary would be better use of your time

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easy to follow

I just read the book I haven't tried the principles but it sounds reasonable. I believe I will investigate this further I really feel like he's made it more than easy to invest by myself

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Informative

Useful information. The book provided a realistic approach to investing the provided balanced viewpoints. It also provided useful references.

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This book is eyes opening.

The author's way of writing is very nice and down to the hearth. Very complex concepts are explained in a very simple way, where even newbies can easily understand the theory behind.

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Magic formula makes sense

The book hits the nail on the head in terms of simplicity and having a great strategy. The reason it may not work for a lot of folks is that the returns aren't short term, this is how Buffets are made.

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  • Vinay
  • SYRACUSE, NY, US
  • 07-04-17

Short Book for people who are new to investing

This book is well narrated and very short. It will tell you the basic on why the authors formula will work in all markets in all times. This is clearly not educational but rather helping the listener be rational if he doesn't want to sit down and go through the investing books and garner any knowledge. All in all worth a listen.

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A great book for beginner investors

I loved the structure, the narration and how easy it is to follow the content. NOT for trader, professional investors and experts. It's a very basic book to start in the world of personal finance. You are not going to make millions out of this book's idea but you will have a good return in the long term.

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  • Joshua
  • 08-16-16

long term strategy

the book quality was overall good and well presented but it.felt like a sales pitch for the magic formula. the fundamentals seem sound.

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  • RCA123
  • 08-12-15

Good book

Greenblatt is a superb value investor. The magic formula is not the pinnacle of good value investing but it is a better option than an index fund or most active funds for most investors. There are also good lessons in the book for everyone.

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  • Santiago
  • 07-25-17

Value stock picking 101

Must read. Compelling, engaging, easy to understand and funny/silly, this Little Book is a great read, and will prepare you to Beat the Market.

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  • Inna
  • 01-23-17

I liked the book

What did you like most about The Little Book That Still Beats the Market?

This book has a PDF - my favorite part.
Also the author explains one type of investing strategy very easily, so that even children would understand. I liked the book. It is very fun to listen to, not boring as many others.

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  • David
  • 07-26-15

Highly educational & underpinned by logical framew

Highly educational & underpinned by logical framework of buying above average companies at below average prices based on objectively derived numerical ranking

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  • Łukasz
  • 12-12-14

Very good introduction to value investing

If you could sum up The Little Book That Still Beats the Market in three words, what would they be?

Book is about value investing with formula to rank most valuable stocks. Full rules are revealed unfortunately I have not found free data that can be used to apply and backtest method from this book.

What other book might you compare The Little Book That Still Beats the Market to, and why?

It compares with other value investing books. But formula is easy to apply for any individual investor. It clearly shows one easy way to pick value stocks.

Which character – as performed by Adam Grupper – was your favourite?

Not adequate.

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  • TheNoughtyGraduate
  • 01-31-15

Great introductory book but I need more!

Very intriguing. Makes sense. Though he doesn't explain what standard checks one should do when looking at your top ranked companies. Surely some sort of filter should be applied? I read on the wikipedia page that financial and energy firms should be removed but this is not mentioned in the book. Also, no explanation is given for why the formula would not work in international markets (e.g. The UK?). Must be an accounting rule but would be helpful to know which one. And finally, no discussion on transaction costs and a recommended starting balance to spread these.

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  • Sitiveni
  • 09-05-16

Fun book

Was very simple, easy to understand with a fundamental value investing approach. A little bit of tried humour was pretty cool. This investing approach has been highly successful for myself over the past 7 years.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful