On October 29, 2005 Joe Nocera penned an article for The New York Times called The Heresy That Made Them Rich.
A FEW weeks ago, Columbia Business School held its 15th Annual Graham & Dodd Breakfast. The guest speaker was Jean-Marie Eveillard, a successful (and now retired) mutual fund manager, who used to beat the market regularly by adhering to the ”value investing” principles first articulated by the great investor Benjamin Graham and his co-author, the Columbia professor David L. Dodd, in their 1934 classic, ”Security Analysis.”
“The more things change, the more they stay the same way.”
Still, the Columbia program — and value investing in general — feels a little like a cult. Despite the obvious success of people like Mr. Buffett and Mr. Gabelli — and the studies that seem to bear out that success as something more than luck — it is not yet fully accepted by either mainstream Wall Street or mainstream academia. In his remarks at the breakfast, Mr. Eveillard said he thought that maybe 5 percent of professional money managers are true value investors.