Investment Ideas & Company Research

Top 25 Compounders that are Cheap; & Some Thoughts on Investment Process

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Investors use all kinds of inputs to make investment decisions. When looking for individual stocks to buy, “bottom up” investors use balance sheet, income statement, and cash flow data to make decisions on whether or not to buy the stock in question. Over the years my investment strategy has shifted to focus more on balance sheet numbers. Probably half of my screens and scans revolve around cheapness relative to assets, and the other half still use multiples of earnings/cash flow/sales, etc… […]

Investment Ideas & Company Research

Jos. A Bank at a 2-year Low & Some Thoughts on Momentum vs Mean Reversion

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I was going through my daily routine of looking through stock lists and scans, and one of the lists I like to watch is the 52 week low list. Buffett and Walter Schloss have both said that they look at this list each and every day, so I thought it would be good to copy that part of their routine. However, I will mention a few warnings to heed if anyone wants to use this list as a watchlist. There […]

Investment Philosophy

Mohnish Pabrai on Patience, Advice from Buffett, and What Ever Happened to Rick Guerin?

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I just came across an interview that the Motley Fool did with Mohnish Pabrai earlier this month. Pabrai is one of my favorite investors to learn from. He is very smart, but he uses simple strategies, simple logic, and common sense ideas, which are main objectives of mine here at Base Hit Investing. Pabrai is well known for being the winning bidder for a charity auction where the winner got to have lunch with Warren Buffett. In this short interview […]

Investment Philosophy

Walter Schloss Discusses Investing Concepts and His Investing Approach

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Walter Schloss is arguably my favorite investor to study/read about. I’ve got pages of notes on him in my investment diary and I’ll post more pieces about him as this blog develops. I’m always re-reading his notes as he provides a great road map to methodically building superior investment results, which is what this blog is all about. Here are some of my notes that I was just re-reading from a lecture Schloss did at Columbia Business School back in […]

Investment Philosophy

Buffett: This is What Creates Huge Opportunity

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I was watching an old video of Warren Buffett talking to University of Georgia students from 2001, just after the tech bubble burst. It’s a great video to watch (as are most videos when Buffett is giving a lecture). One of the highlights for me is listening to Buffett discuss his very basic philosophy on value investing and why it works. At around the 50 minute mark of this video, he gets asked this question (paraphrasing): How is the recent […]

Bruce Berkowitz

Investing Quotes-Bruce Berkowitz

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“I think our philosophy makes a lot of sense. We’re doing nothing more than what the wealthiest individuals in the world have done. We act like owners. We focus on very few companies. We try and know what you can know. We try and only buy a few companies which we believe have been built to last in all environments. We recognize that you only need a few good ideas in a lifetime to be fabulously wealthy…. We’re always trying to wonder what […]

Investment Philosophy

Big Lots: An Example of How Neglect is Profitable

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I came in this morning and noticed one of the stocks I follow reported earnings this morning. Shares of Big Lots (BIG) are up about 10% after reporting better than expected bottom line results. I haven’t had a chance to read through the full results yet, having just glanced at the headline results, but this is an example of a classic situation I try to take advantage of… Big Lots has been appearing on the 52 week low list (a […]

General Thoughts

42% per year by buying “5-star wide moat” stocks?

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I use two main tools on a daily basis while doing my stock analysis and research: Value Line and Morningstar. Both provide a great long term history of company financial data all in one place, making it very easy to determine if a particular stock is worth investigating further. I use Value Line as more of a magazine to flip through stock tables on a daily basis looking for ideas. I use Morningstar as a way to quickly plug in ticker […]