Case Studies

The Best Way to Improve Investment Skills: “One Case Study After Another”

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I do a lot of case studies. I recommend that any burgeoning value investor do as many case studies as they can, sprinkled in among reading annual reports and other filings. I’ll explain what I mean by this in a moment… first I thought the best investor/teacher of all time could explain the importance of this exercise better than me: “To invest successfully, you need not understand beta, efficient markets, modern portfolio theory, option pricing or emerging markets. You may, […]

How to Improve Results

Buffett vs Munger vs Schloss and Thoughts on Portfolio Strategy

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I was having a conversation about Munger’s philosophy vs Schloss’ philosophy and had a few thoughts (and below I’ll compare their performance results against Buffett’s)… I often like to look at long term past performance of investors (10 years or longer) to draw conclusions about the effectiveness of their investment approach. I’ve often discussed on this site the many value investors out there with average returns. I used to ask myself ‘how can their returns be average when they clearly […]

Case Studies

Aeropostale (ARO) Might Offer Turnaround Value

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Sometimes in life you’re timing is great. Other times, it can be uncannily poor. But such is life, and such is investing. It keeps things very interesting and fun. Over the past week, I’ve been leisurely reading about teen retailers in general (AEO, ARO, ANF, and others) as the market has done a number on their stock prices over the past few months. I’ve focused in on Aeropostale (ARO), simply because it has been hit the hardest and I wanted […]

Bruce Berkowitz

Bruce Berkowitz Discusses His Financial Investments

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Bruce Berkowitz is one investor that I like to study. I like to run an adequately diversified portfolio, taking advantage of what I consider to be numerous high probability situations. I imagine certain probabilities with each investment, and I look at diversification in two ways: one is through the various positions I currently have, and one is through the positions I will hold in the future. The latter refers to my thesis that over time, buying undervalued stocks over and […]

General Thoughts

Can George Soros’ Methods Be Replicated?

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I received this comment on one of my recent posts. The George Soros question got me thinking about how interesting the different philosophies are. Soros had an incredible career, but is it possible to replicate his general strategy? Here is the basic comment from the reader: Your posts have given me a great deal of information.  What is your opinion on George Soros’ theory of reflexivity? I was reading Seth Klarman’s Margin of Safety, and it mentioned how in rare […]

General Thoughts

Some Thoughts on Joel Greenblatt’s Magic Formula and its YTD Results

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“Value investing is simply figuring out what something is worth and paying a lot less for it” – Joel Greenblatt I often describe my investment philosophy as a synthesis of ideas from Ben Graham, Walter Schloss, Warren Buffett, and Joel Greenblatt. At the core of my strategy is Graham and Schloss’ quantitative methods for valuing stocks. It’s far more difficult to make mistakes when you simply make obvious, simple decisions based on valuation. In each investment, I want to ensure […]