For the first time ever, discover how Warren Buffett has made unheard-of profits in the world of arbitrage and special investments, and how to be a player in these ventures.
Investors around the world recently learned that from 1980 through 2003 Warren Buffett’s arbitrage operations produced an astronomical average annualized rate of return of 81.28%. Even more amazing, this incredible rate of return was produced with very low rates of risk.
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 made Warren Buffett so phenomenally successful. Warren Buffett and the Art of Stock Arbitrage is the first book to examine Buffett’s special brand of arbitrage investing.
Buffettologists Mary Buffett and David Clark explore the previously secret domain of Warren Buffett’s stock arbitrage investments. They explain how Buffett finds deals, evaluates them, picks the winners from the losers, and when he is willing to use leverage to help boost his performance in these investments to make amazing profits. Basic mathematical equations are included to help readers determine the projected rate of return, evaluate risk, and determine the probability of the deal being a success.
Buffett and Clark provide detailed explanations and examples of Warren Buffett’s methods for arbitrage, and for investing in tender offers, liquidations, spin-offs, and reorganizations. They take readers step by step from the initial public announcement to tendering shares, explaining how Buffett evaluates risk and maximizes his profit at every step.
Warren Buffett and the Art of Stock Arbitrage is a valuable companion to the other books in Buffett and Clark’s successful series—Buffettology, The Buffettology Workbook, The New Buffettology, The Tao of Warren Buffett, Warren Buffett and the Interpretation of Financial Statements, and Warren Buffett’s Management Secrets.
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.
Decent book, horrible narration
The New Buffettology, by the same author is a better book and includes a section on arbitrage that I personally prefer over this book's explanations.
While sometimes overly simplistic I believe it explains the subject adequately though. Usually, someone seeking information on arbitrage won't need the remedial math stuff but I can see past that.
What's hard to see past is the monotone, robotic and almost synthesized-sounding narration. It reminds me of an automated phone system. Unless I listen to it on headphones, it can actually be difficult to understand. That's how bad the narration is. I would recommend that you buy the print version of this book if you want to read it.