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Quantitative Value. A Practitioner's Guide to Automating Intelligent Investment and Eliminating Behavioral Errors + Web Site. Wiley Finance

  • ID: 2328842
  • Book
  • 288 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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"Quantitative Value is a must–read for those with a love of value investing and a desire to make the investment process less ad–hoc."
Tony Tang, PhD, Global Macro Researcher and Portfolio Manager, AQR Capital Management

"If you liked The Little Book that Beats the Market, you will love Quantitative Value. Gray and Carlisle take systematic value–based investing to the next level."
Raife Giovinazzo, PhD, CFA, Research Analyst in Scientific Active Equity, BlackRock, Inc.

"Quantitative Value is the new guide to Graham–and–Doddsville. Gray and Carlisle synthesize the lessons of the great value investors to systematically identify high quality value stocks while avoiding common behavioral pitfalls."
Tadas Viskanta, Founder and Editor, Abnormal Returns and author of Abnormal Returns: Winning Strategies from the Frontlines of the Investment Blogosphere

"Gray and Carlisle successfully bridge the gap between fundamental and quantitative value investing an extremely worthy endeavor and, likewise, an extremely rewarding read."
MacDuff Kuhnert, CFA, Quantitative Portfolio Manager, Causeway Capital Management LLC

"Gray and Carlisle take you behind the curtains to build a black box based on the best value minds in finance. They combine academia′s best ideas with the ideas of Buffett, Graham, and Thorp, to develop a quant system that performs in markets both good and bad."
Mebane Faber, author of The Ivy Portfolio, and Portfolio Manager for Cambria Investment Management, Inc.

"A clear and concise vision of how the two dominant disciplines of modern investing (quant and value) can be combined in actionable ways that produce outsized returns over the market."
Christopher Cole, CFA, Founder and Portfolio Manager, Artemis Capital Management LLC

"An elegant synthesis of Warren Buffett′s value investment philosophy and Ed Thorp′s quantitative approach. Quantitative Value belongs on every investor′s bookshelf."
Charles Mizrahi, Author of Getting Started in Value Investing and Editor of Hiddenvaluesalert.com

"′We seek to marry Ed Thorp′s quantitative approach to Warren Buffett′s value investment philosophy.′ That′s the approach we take in our Value Investing class at UC Davis and Quantitative Value will become required reading for our class. The book we wish we would have written!"
Lonnie J. Rush and Jacob L. Taylor, Managing Partners of Farnam Street Investments and Visiting Professors at UC Davis Graduate School of Management

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Preface xi

Acknowledgments xiii

PART ONE The Foundation of Quantitative Value 1

CHAPTER 1 The Paradox of Dumb Money 3

Value Strategies Beat the Market 9

How Quantitative Investing Protects against Behavioral Errors 23

The Power of Quantitative Value Investing 30

Notes 32

CHAPTER 2 A Blueprint to a Better Quantitative Value Strategy 35

Greenblatt s Magic Formula 36

It s All Academic: Improving Quality and Price 45

Strategy Implementation: Investors Behaving Badly 54

Notes 59

PART TWO Margin of Safety How to Avoid a Permanent Loss of Capital 61

CHAPTER 3 Hornswoggled! Eliminating Earnings Manipulators and Outright Frauds 63

Accruals and the Art of Earnings Manipulation 64

Predicting PROBMs 72

Notes 79

CHAPTER 4 Measuring the Risk of Financial Distress: How to Avoid the Sick Men of the Stock Market 81

A Brief History of Bankruptcy Prediction 83

Improving Bankruptcy Prediction 85

How We Calculate the Risk of Financial Distress 86

Scrubbing the Universe 89

Notes 91

PART THREE Quality How to Find a Wonderful Business 93

CHAPTER 5 Franchises The Archetype of High Quality 95

The Chairman s Secret Recipe 96

How to Find a Franchise 99

Notes 112

CHAPTER 6 Financial Strength: Foundations Built on Rock 113

The Piotroski Fundamentals Score (F—SCORE) 114

Our Financial Strength Score (FS—SCORE) 119

Comparing the Performance of Piotroski s F—SCORE and Our


Case Study: Lubrizol Corporation 123

Notes 126

PART FOUR The Secret to Finding Bargain Prices 127

CHAPTER 7 Price Ratios: A Horse Race 129

The Horses in the Race 130

Rules of the Race 133

The Race Call 134

A Price Ratio for All Seasons 141

The Offi cial Winner 142

Notes 143

CHAPTER 8 Alternative Price Measures Normalized Earning Power and Composite Ratios 145

Normalized Earning Power 147

Compound Price Ratios: Is the Whole Greater than

the Sum of Its Parts? 150

Notes 163

PART FIVE Corroborative Signals 165

CHAPTER 9 Blue Horseshoe Loves Anacott Steel: Follow the Signals from the Smart Money 167

Stock Buybacks, Issuance, and Announcements 169

Insider Traders Beat the Market 173

Activism and Cloning 176

Short Money Is Smart Money 179

Notes 182

PART SIX Building and Testing the Model 185

CHAPTER 10 Bangladeshi Butter Production Predicts the S&P 500 Close 187

Sustainable Alpha: A Framework for Assessing Past Results 189

What s the Big Idea? 191

Rigorously Test the Big Idea 196

The Parameters of the Universe 206

Notes 208

CHAPTER 11 Problems with the Magic Formula 211

Glamour Is Always a Bad Bet 216

Improving the Structure of a Quantitative Value Strategy 218

Our Final Quantitative Value Checklist 222

Notes 228

CHAPTER 12 Quantitative Value Beats the Market 229

Risk and Return 231

Robustness 239

A Peek Inside the Black Box 249

Man versus Machine 257

Beating the Market with Quantitative Value 262

Notes 264

Appendix: Analysis Legend 265

About the Authors 267

About the Companion Website 269

Index 271

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Wesley R. Gray
Tobias E. Carlisle
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