Tom Jacobs is the Lead Advisor for Motley Fool Special Ops, a premium investment service specializing in event-driven value situations such as spinoffs. He is the co-author of What's Behind the Numbers? A Guide to Exposing Financial Chicanery and Avoiding Huge Losses in Your Portfolio (McGraw-Hill), rated the best investment book of the year by Stock Trader's Almanac . Influenced by parents educated and working in the Great Depression, he demands a margin of safety from stocks and always has a small part of his portfolio hedged to survive the outlier events (aka, Big Ones). A Fool since 1999, Tom firmly believes that dogs are people with fur.