Seth Klarman is an American hedge-fund manager and a billionaire who founded the Baupost Group, a Boston-based private investment partnership, and the author of. Avoiding loss should be the primary goal of every investor. The way to avoid loss is by investing with a significant margin of safety. A margin of safety is. Margin of Safety: Risk Averse Value Investing Strategies for the Thoughtful Investor by Seth A. Klarman (, Hardcover) · Brand new. $ · New (other). THE MOST PROFITABLE FOREX EXPERT ADVISOR Buy now Own free to subscribe. 96 inches, and site, you accept of how it. You can also leaving eM Client the Torino as.
Klarman also mentions private market value as a rule of thumb which I completely agree with, to give an idea of a businesses value when the market's going nuts. Even though Klarman isn't as original as Graham, he makes some great points and brings a modern intellect to Grahams principles. He has greatly added to the value investing cannon by writing and practicing value investing and is definitely a heavy hitter in the world of finance.
Also unlike Graham, Klarman is still active, you can look at his current interest at his fund www. Klarman thinks its necessary to "continually compare their current holdings in order to ensure they own only the most undervalued opportunities available. Klarman also says: "Few value investors own technology companies, banks or insurance companies because they have un-analyzable assets and liabilities. And finally, Klarman demands hard assets to provide safety while Buffet is more comfortable with a strong moat whether its tangible or not.
My favorite quote: "Value, like beauty is often in the eye of the beholder. Some people act responsibly and deliberately most of the time but go berserk when investing money. It may take months or years of work and discipline to earn the money and only a few minutes to invest it. Some spend more time buying a stereo or camera than buying stocks.
Many regard the stock market as a way to make money without working rather than a way to invest capital in order to earn a decent return. Greedy short-term-oriented investors may lose sight of a sound mathematical reason for avoiding loss. It is very difficult to recover from even on large, loss, which could literally destroy all at once the beneficial effects of many years of investment success. I believe indexing will turn out to be just another Wall Street fad.
Above all, investors must avoid swinging at bad pitches. If the prevailing stock price is not warranted by the underlying value, it will eventually fall. Value investors are not super sophisticated analytical wizards who create and apply intricate computer models to find attractive opportunities or assess underlying value.
The hard part is discipline to avoid the many unattractive pitches, patience to wait for the right pitch and judgment to know when to swing. There are only a few things investors can do about risk: diversify adequately, hedge when appropriate and invest with a margin of safety.
Many investors insist on affixing exact values to their investments, seeking precision in an imprecise world, but business value cannot be precisely determined. How do value investors deal with the analytical necessity to predict the unpredictable? The only answer is conservatism. Spinoffs seem to frequently be undervalued and large emerging industries seem to be frequently overvalued like railroad companies were, air freight was, computer companies were.
Rather they are a means to understand what is really happening in a company. Good investment ideas are rare and valuable things, which must be ferreted out assiduously. Value investing by its very nature is contrarian. Value investing exists where the herd is selling, unaware or ignoring. No one understands a business and its prospects better than the management.
Arbitrage is a riskless transaction that generates profits from temporary pricing inefficiencies between markets. Although trading based on inside information is illegal, the term has never been clearly defined. Jan 15, Sasha rated it liked it. I had high hopes for this book since the ratings were amazing. However, I gave this book 2 stars because many of the ideas and concepts that were mentioned were already known to me. I also found this book more difficult to read than other investment books, perhaps due to the writing style.
View 1 comment. Mar 22, Bryce rated it it was amazing. Margin of Safety is a famous phrase coined by Ben Graham half a century ago, and taken up by Seth Klarman here as a full volume. The book is in three parts. First, a strong case for fundamental value investing as the only sound framework for making investment decisions; second is a scathing critique of "institutional investing," culminating with Klarman's ri Margin of Safety is a famous phrase coined by Ben Graham half a century ago, and taken up by Seth Klarman here as a full volume.
First, a strong case for fundamental value investing as the only sound framework for making investment decisions; second is a scathing critique of "institutional investing," culminating with Klarman's ridicule of the "relative performance derby"; the last section of the book is Klarman's suggested process for determining value, and the construction and maintenance of portfolios.
My favorite portion of this book is the critique of the "relative performance derby," and it's something I've gone back and re-read several times. This critique is nothing new in fact. Warren Buffett may have been one of the first to identify the problem in an annual letter to investors in his Buffett Partners fund, way back in "In the great majority of cases the lack of performance exceeding or even matching an unmanaged index in no way reflects lack of either intellectual capacity or integrity.
I think it is much more a product of Oct 12, Steve rated it it was amazing Shelves: investment. An excellent book written by an highly credible figure in the value investing world. I didn't always agree with the author. However, I was extremely impre An excellent book written by an highly credible figure in the value investing world. However, I was extremely impressed with the thoughtful and consistent approach presented throughout and found myself nodding at much of what Klarman had to say.
All in all, MoS is a must read for all Graham and Buffet disciples. My only real complaint is that the book follows Graham's Intelligent Investor a little too closely. But in my humble opinion that's not a real negative since some of Graham's ideas can take a while to sink in and everyone can benefit from being hit over the head again with some good-ole Graham! Make sure you download it in PDF form off the internet for free the original is out of print. Happy reading! View 2 comments.
Jan 30, Kevin rated it it was amazing. Dec 03, Sukhesh Miryala rated it really liked it. Great outline about how to think about investing, and less about specific strategies to invest. Provides great lenses to look at investing followed by illlustrative anecdotes.
Some of the actual advice is a bit dated but to be expected given the age of the book. This book is a must read if you are interested in learning about how value investors of which Seth Klarman is a legend think. View all 3 comments.
Sep 10, Tomas Krakauskas rated it really liked it. A lot of wisdom from personal S. Klarman experience, illustrated with real examples. However I find this book more suitable for novice investors who seek basic knowledge on value investing principles. Jul 11, Jacob rated it liked it Shelves: investing , nonfiction , economics , business , ebook.
When I saw someone reading this on the train to work one morning, I knew I should read it. It's exactly the kind of thing I'd be interested in. The fact that it turned out to be WAY out of print only fanned my desire to read it. Used copies go for hundreds of dollars! My library system didn't have it. I congratulated myself on using InterLibrary Loan to find some library in the US that did, only to find that it's so valuable no library was letting go of it, if their copy hadn't already been stol When I saw someone reading this on the train to work one morning, I knew I should read it.
I congratulated myself on using InterLibrary Loan to find some library in the US that did, only to find that it's so valuable no library was letting go of it, if their copy hadn't already been stolen. Finally, a helpful librarian pointed out there was a scanned copy available online as a Word. How was that even a question? What amazing secrets did it hold that old copies were so valuable, and what was the establishment trying to keep locked away by refusing to reprint such an obviously in-demand book?
And was it worth the badly OCR'd scan to get the content of this book whose sheer scarcity gave it legendary status in my mind? Yes, although not by as clear a margin as I expected. I figured this out from reading between the lines stories about Warren Buffet kept mentioning his buying businesses and swaths of stock with cash during downturns and I thought to ask myself "where is he getting this cash to buy during a downturn?
These include spinoffs, bankruptcies, and mergers. This is interesting, but it suffers from being tough to act on and a lot of this got covered later in an easier to read way in Joel Greenblatt's You Can Be a Stock Market Genius, labeled as "special situations investing".
The writing ended up being kind of dry, which is the main reason it took me over 10 months to actually finish this book. I'm pretty sure that's a record for me! Mar 30, Simon rated it it was amazing. Geeking it out in the rain. Re-reading a book I bought randomly at The Strand and read in when I first started in the business. Is actually a great primer on how to think like a smart professional investor.
Concepts aren't hard, but I don't imagine it would be all that interesting for the individual investor. Jan 10, Dude-von Dudenstein rated it liked it Shelves: finance , investment. Good introduction to value investing. The author dwells too much on what's wrong with other valuation methods without talking about how should an investor go about executing value investing.
Pros of value investing are too less compared to cons of investing time analysing the underlying businesses. Book is not really targeted towards an audience and seems to wander between individual investor and institutional one. Recommended read but the content delivery is lacking coherence.. Jun 04, Arseny rated it it was amazing Shelves: reality , finance , living-room-shelf.
Woke up regarding the meaning of Value. Very impactful book. Aug 08, Stacey rated it really liked it. Aug 13, Massgreen rated it really liked it. I find the book a little bit disorganized, I have summarized a few points below: 1. There is one crucial difference between investment and speculation: Investments throw off cash flow for the benefit of the owners; speculations do not.
They return to the owners of speculations depends exclusively on the vagaries of the resale market. One is where the asset itself delivers a return to you, such as I find the book a little bit disorganized, I have summarized a few points below: 1. One is where the asset itself delivers a return to you, such as, you know, rental properties, stocks, a farm.
And those are two different games. I regard the second game as speculation. Do not let market price cloud your mind: If you buy a stock that subsequently rises in price, it is easy to allow the positive feedback provided by Mr. Market to influence your judgment. You may start to believe that the security is worth more than you previously thought and refrain from selling, effectively placing the judgment of Mr.
Market above your own. You may even decide to buy more shares of this stock, anticipating Mr. Market's future movements. As long as the price appears to be rising, you may choose to hold, perhaps even ignoring deteriorating business fundamentals or a diminution in underlying value.
Similarly, when the price of a stock declines after its initial purchase, most investors, somewhat naturally, become concerned. They start to worry that Mr. Market may know more than they do or that their original assessment was in error. It is easy to panic and sell at just the wrong time.
Yet if the security were truly a bargain when it was purchased, the rational course of action would be to take advantage of this even better bargain and buy more. It's better to just follow a disciplined value approach in investing, because by doing so, good result will ensue: An investor cannot decide to think harder or put in overtime in order to achieve a higher return.
All an investor can do is follow a consistently disciplined and rigorous approach; over time the returns will come. Targeting investment returns leads investors to focus on upside potential rather than on downside risk. Always buy with margin of safety, remember that value investing is about avoid losing money: Value investing is a risk-averse approach; attention is paid as much to what can go wrong risk as to what can go right return.
The primary goal of value investors is to avoid losing money. Three elements of a value-investment strategy make achievement of that goal possible. A bottom-up approach, searching for low-risk bargains one at a time through fundamental analysis, is the surest way I know to avoid losing money.
An absolute performance orientation is consistent with loss avoidance; a relative-performance orientation is not. Finally, paying careful attention to risk—the probability and amount of loss due to permanent value impairments— will help investors avoid losing money. Should you worry when you've applied the margin of safety calculation to buy a security and find its price plunges further?
If the security you are considering is truly a good investment, not a speculation, you would certainly want to own more at lower prices. If, prior to purchase, you realize that you are unwilling to average down, then you probably should not make the purchase in the first place. That being said, when buying securities, you should always leave some room to average down: In my view, investors should usually refrain from purchasing a "full position" the maximum dollar commitment they intend to make in a given security all at once.
Those who fail to heed this advice may be compelled to watch a subsequent price decline helplessly, with no buying power in reserve. Buying a partial position leaves reserves that permit investors to "average down," lowering their average cost per share, if prices decline.
Evaluating your own willingness to average down can help you distinguish prospective investments from speculations. A value investor may experience poor, even horrendous, performance compared with that of other investors or the market as a whole during prolonged periods of market overvaluation.
Yet over the long run the value approach works so successfully that few, if any, advocates of the philosophy ever abandon it. Identify the situations where stock prices tend to depart from underlying value for non-fundamental reasons: There are numerous reasons, the forces of supply and demand do not necessarily correlate with value at any given time.
Also, many buyers and sellers of securities are motivated by considerations other than underlying value and may be willing to buy or sell at very different prices than a value investor would. If a stock is part of a major market index, for example, there will be demand from index funds to buy it regardless of whether it is overpriced in relation to underlying value. Similarly, if a stock has recently risen on increasing volume, technical analysts might consider it attractive; by definition, underlying value would not be a part of their calculations.
If a company has exhibited rapid recent growth, it may trade at a "growth" multiple, far higher than a value investor would pay. Conversely, a company that recently reported disappointing results might be dumped by investors who focused exclusively on earnings, depressing the price to a level considerably below underlying value. An investor unable to meet a margin call is in no position to hold out for full value; he or she is forced to sell at the prevailing market price.
The behavior of institutional investors, dictated by constraints on their behavior, can sometimes cause stock prices to depart from underlying value. Institutional selling of a lowpriced small-capitalization spinoff, for example, can cause a temporary supply-demand imbalance, resulting in a security becoming undervalued.
If a company fails to declare an expected dividend, institutions restricted to owning only dividend-paying stocks may unload the shares. Bond funds allowed to own only investment-grade debt would dump their holdings of an issue immediately after it was downgraded below BBB by the rating agencies.
Such phenomena as year-end tax selling and quarterly window dressing can also cause market inefficiencies, as value considerations are subordinated to other factors. I have missed some good opportunities to make great fortune due to adherence to value investing and not following the herd and chasing the hot stocks, should I abandon value investing then? True, conservatism may cause investors to refrain from making some investments that in hindsight would have been successful, but it will also prevent some sizable losses that would ensue from adopting less conservative business valuations.
But, on the other hand, he will probably avoid equally spectacular and more frequent losses. He should have a better than average chance of obtaining satisfactory results. And this is the chief objective of intelligent investing. To be really really conservative, should I make an investment only when I feel that I have learned all information about it? Most investors strive fruitlessly for certainty and precision, avoiding situations in which information is difficult to obtain.
Yet high uncertainty is frequently accompanied by low prices. By the time the uncertainty is resolved, prices are likely to have risen. Investors frequently benefit from making investment decisions with less than perfect knowledge and are well rewarded for bearing the risk of uncertainty. The time other investors spend delving into the last unanswered detail may cost them the chance to buy in at prices so low that they offer a margin of safety despite the incomplete information.
Catalyst is a perfect way to close the value gap and realize your profit so that it can be turned into cash again: Value investors are always on the lookout for catalysts. While buying assets at a discount from underlying value is the defining characteristic of value investing, the partial or total realization of underlying value through a catalyst is an important means of generating profits.
Furthermore, the presence of a catalyst serves to reduce risk. If the gap between price and underlying value is likely to be closed quickly, the probability of losing money due to market fluctuations or adverse business developments is reduced. In the absence of a catalyst, however, underlying value could erode; conversely, the gap between price and value could widen with the vagaries of the market. Owning securities with catalysts for value realization is therefore an important way for investors to reduce the risk within their portfolios, augmenting the margin of safety achieved by investing at a discount from underlying value.
Maintain a good balance in portfolio liquidity. If you put money in illiquid investment, make sure the rewards are high enough to compensate your bearing of illiquid risks: Since no investor is infallible and no investment is perfect, there is considerable merit in being able to change one's mind.
If an investor purchases a liquid stock such as IBM because he thinks that a new product will be successful or because he expects the next quarter's results to be strong, he can change his mind by selling the stock at any time before the anticipated event, probably with minor financial consequences. An investor who buys a nontransferable limited partnership interest or stock in a nonpublic company, by contrast, is unable to change his mind at any price; he is effectively locked in.
When investors do not demand compensation for bearing illiquidity, they almost always come to regret it. Most of the time liquidity is not of great importance in managing a long-term-oriented investment portfolio. Few investors require a completely liquid portfolio that could be turned rapidly into cash. However, unexpected liquidity needs do occur.
Because the opportunity cost of illiquidity is high, no investment portfolio should be completely illiquid either. Most portfolios should maintain a balance, opting for greater illiquidity when the market compensates investors well for bearing it. This portfolio liquidity cycle serves two important purposes. First, as discussed in chapter 8, portfolio cash flow—the cash flowing into a portfolio—can reduce an investor's opportunity costs.
Second, the periodic liquidation of parts of a portfolio has a cathartic effect. For the many investors who prefer to remain fully invested at all times, it is easy to become complacent, sinking or swimming with current holdings. By contrast, when the securities in a portfolio frequently turn into cash, the investor is constantly challenged to put that cash to work, seeking out the best values available. May 23, Robert rated it really liked it Shelves: business-and-finance.
Though Margin of Safety is slightly more advanced than many other of its "investment classics" and perhaps not as applicable for a beginning investor in Klarman's own words, it is "not a book about investing, but a book about thinking about investing" , it is probably one of the clearest manifestos for value investing. However, unlike the standard "cultish" value investment stuff you might find on the internet, it is mature and logical, without any sense of entitlement, and acutely aware of its Though Margin of Safety is slightly more advanced than many other of its "investment classics" and perhaps not as applicable for a beginning investor in Klarman's own words, it is "not a book about investing, but a book about thinking about investing" , it is probably one of the clearest manifestos for value investing.
However, unlike the standard "cultish" value investment stuff you might find on the internet, it is mature and logical, without any sense of entitlement, and acutely aware of its own weaknesses. Value investors, by contrast, have as a primary goal the preservation of their capital. It follows that value investors seek a margin of safety, allowing room for imprecision, bad luck, or analytical error in order to avoid sizable losses over time. A margin of safety is necessary because valuation is an imprecise art, the future is unpredictable, and investors are human and do make mistakes.
It is adherence to the concept of a margin of safety that best distinguishes value investors from all others, who are not as concerned about loss. Margin of Safety covers a couple of obscure and technical areas, such as spinoffs, distressed investing, and financial thrift conversions, but you don't have to understand all of what he says to be able to extract value from the book.
May 25, Abir Kar rated it really liked it. Margin of Safety is a relatively modern alternative to Benjamin Graham's classic 'The Intelligent Investor' - that being said it is by no means up to date. However the careful reader will find precious nuggets of wisdom specially with regard to the internal workings of financial institutions and how they are not as efficient as they are made out to be.
The book teaches us to be wary of investment bankers and analysts as both these groups suffer from a myopic worldview. Even institutional investo Margin of Safety is a relatively modern alternative to Benjamin Graham's classic 'The Intelligent Investor' - that being said it is by no means up to date. Even institutional investors are not safe from biases - a reluctance to own small-cap stocks for example. Minor shelf wear damage to top and bottom of spine. Gutter splitting next to main title page.
The text block is clean and free of staining. The binding suffers minor loosening due to age and wear, but remains secure and ThriftBooks via United States. Readable copy. Gutter splitting next to main Hard cover. Heavy wear. Budget item. Supplements might not be included. Yellowing to pages. Water damage. Pages stiff. ThriftBooks-Atlanta via United States.
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If you have any questions then please do not hesitate to contact us. Usually ships within 4 to 5 days. Lise Bohm Books via United States. First edition, first printing in Classic book on value investing. Octavo , original half. Fine in a fine dust jacket. No writing. Appears to be an unread copy. Klarman Investors are all too often lured by the prospect of instant millions and fall prey to the many fads of Wall Street.
The myriad approaches they adopt offer little or no real prospect for long-term success and Original copy, New York: HarperBusiness, First edition, First printing. Bound in publisher's blue paper covered boards of cloth spine with silver lettering. Very good or better condition. No tears, no rips. Dust jacket is missing. Pages near fine with faint foxing to textblock edges due to the age of the book.
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