Give a man a fish and he eats for a day. Teach him to arbitrage, and he will eat for a lifetime' Warren Buffett
Warren Buffett and the Art of the Stock Arbitrageis the first book to explore the secret world of Buffett's arbitrage and special situations investing. Long considered one of the most powerful and profitable of Buffett's investment operations, but the least understood, these special types of investments have been the edge that has made Warren Buffett the world's greatest investor.
This book examines Buffett's special brand of arbitrage investing,which involves taking advantage of short term price discrepancies that often occur when one company offers to buy another companyary Buffett and David Clark, the authors of four best-selling books on Warren Buffett's investment methods, take the reader deep into the world of Buffett's arbitrage and special situation operations, giving us his strategies, his equations for determining value, and dozens of examples of his investments in this very lucrative segment of Buffett's investment operations. They offer detailed analysis and explanations of Buffett's arbitrage and special situations operations and techniques for the first time ever.
Buffett, once a member of Warren's immediate family, and Clark, a writer with a background in finance and law (Warren Buffett's Management Secrets), tackle Mr. Buffet and stock arbitrage this time out. Warren Buffett is known for his ability to pick undervalued stocks and turn around beaten-down companies. He is less well known for his use of stock arbitrage, and the authors advance the argument that this method, though not particularly flashy, has been an excellent money maker for him. They take the reader through the different types of arbitrage friendly mergers, hostile takeovers, self-tender offers, liquidations, spin-offs, stubs and reorganizations. In many of these, the stakes seem large and the profit seems small, but they yield a high percentage return. Mr. Buffett is rarely quoted directly in this short volume, but the authors provide numerous examples in how to implement his strategies. Even with his techniques explained however, not all will be enjoy Mr. Buffet's results.