It is winter fund raising season on public television which means that WEALTHTRACK might be pre-empted on your local television station.
We are revisiting an exclusive interview we had with the Fairholme Fund’s Bruce Berkowitz this fall. Berkowitz is a Great Investor who always generates a great deal of interest and controversy because of his deep value and extremely “concentrated” investment approach. This time was no exception! The week after the interview a Federal Court judge dismissed a lawsuit Fairholme and others had filed against the U.S. Treasury Department over its 2012 decision to take all of the profits generated by mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Fairholme has a big position in both. In a message to shareholders Berkowitz said we “strongly disagree with the court’s conclusions,…and will continue to pursue our legal rights”…including continuing another lawsuit to obtain “just compensation” for minority shareholders. Continue Reading »
In 1995, after ten years of running the extremely concentrated hedge fund, Gotham Capital, Great Investor Joel Greenblatt and his co-manager decided to give the money back to outside investors and take it private. In addition to continuing to run the fund, what else did Greenblatt do with his time? As it turns out, plenty!
It isn’t often that a very successful hedge fund manager with a winning strategy closes up shop, but that is exactly what this week’s Great Investor guest did in 1995. It’s equally unusual to get back in the business more than a decade later with a dramatically altered strategy. Joel Greenblatt of the Gotham Funds will explain his big change in portfolio strategy, from a very concentrated approach to broad diversification. Continue Reading »