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The Aggressive Conservative Investor

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Table of Contents

Foreword. Preface. Section One: The Approach. 1.An Overview. 2.The Financial-Integrity Approach to Equity Investing. Section Two: The Uses and Limitations of Fundamental Analysis and Technical Analysis. 3.The Significance of Market Performance. 4.Modern Capital Theory. 5.Risk and Uncertainty. Section Three: Disclosures and Information. 6.Following the Paper Trail. 7.Financial Accounting. 8.Generally Accepted Accounting Principles. Section Four: The Financial and Investment Environment. 9.Tax Shelter (TS), Other People's Money (OPM), Accounting Fudge Factor (AFF) and Something off the Top (SOTT). 10.Securities Analysis and Securities Markets. 11.Finance and Business. Section Five: Tools of Securities Analysis. 12.Net Asset Values. 13.Earnings. 14.Roles of Cash Dividends in Securities Analysis and Portfolio Management. 15.Shareholder Distributions, Primarily from the Company Point of View. 16.Losses and Loss Companies. 17.A Short Primer on Asset-Conversion Investing: Prearbitrage and Postarbitrage. Section Six: Appendixes-Case Studies. Introduction to Appendixes I and II. I. The Use of Creative Finance to Benefit Controlling Stockholders-Schaefer Corporation. II. Creative Finance Applied to a Corporate Takeover-Leasco Data Processing Company. III. A Guide to SEC Corporate Filings-What They Are/What They Tell You (Reprinted Courtesy of Disclosure Incorporated). IV. Examples of Variables Using the Financial-Integrity Approach-Pro and Con. Index.

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Martin J. Whitman (New York, NY) is chairman, chief executive officer, and co-chief investment officer of Third Avenue Management LLC, and also manages the Third Avenue Value Fund. Mr. Whitman is chairman and CEO of M.J. Whitman, Inc., a New York-based full-service broker-dealer and serves as CEO of Danielson Holding Corporation, a Chicago-based insurance holding and trust company. Mr. Whitman received a bachelor of science from the School of Management and a master's degree in economics from the New School for Social Research. He is a chartered financial analyst. Martin Shubik (Branford, CT) is the Seymour H. Knox Professor of Mathematical Institutional Economics at Yale University. He received his B.A. and M.S. degrees in Mathematics and Political Economy from the University of Toronto, and his Ph.D. in Economics from Princeton University.

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