This fundamental conviction defines our singular investment culture, which was pioneered by our founder and revolutionary value investor Martin J. Whitman. Marty’s early career established him as an expert witness in shareholder litigations, and turnaround specialist for bankrupt companies. In 1974, Marty formed M.J. Whitman & Co. and his first notable investment was in the mortgage bonds of then-bankrupt Penn Central Railroad. Marty recognized the value of the company could be realized through the fulcrum security–the security in the capital structure that gives the investor control over the reorganization process. The success of this investment created the foundation of Third Avenue Management in 1986 and the start of an investment management franchise defined by long-term value investing from a creditor’s perspective. The Third Avenue Value Fund was founded in 1990 as the successor vehicle to Marty’s first mutual fund and it remains the flagship fund of Third Avenue Management today.
Since 2002, Third Avenue Management has partnered with Affiliated Managers Group, a publicly traded asset manager that has invested in a diverse stable of boutique asset management firms. This partnership allowed Third Avenue to extend ownership rights to its senior professionals, including key members of the investment team, providing a clear and transparent succession plan for the Firm and all of its principals.
Today, Third Avenue Management manages assets across four core strategies — Value, Small-Cap, Real Estate, and International –which are available to investors through ‘40Act mutual funds and customized accounts.
Our Deep Value Offerings
Third Avenue offers multiple investment solutions with unique exposures and return profiles. Our core strategies are currently available through ‘40Act mutual funds, customized accounts, and UCITS funds.
Third Avenue Value Fund
Date of Inception: November 1990
TAVFX | TVFVX
Third Avenue Small-Cap Value Fund
Date of Inception: April 1997
TASCX | TVSVX
Third Avenue Real Estate Value Fund
Date of Inception: September 1998
TAREX | TVRVX
Third Avenue International Value Fund
Date of Inception: December 2001
TAVIX | TVIVX
Distributor of Third Avenue Funds: Foreside Fund Services, LLC.