Ben Graham

Some Thoughts on My Investment Approach

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I’ve been having numerous email conversations with readers about my investment philosophy and overall approach to investing. To understand my investment philosophy, you have to first understand the basic investment principles from the four investors who I’ve learned the most from: Ben Graham, Walter Schloss, Joel Greenblatt, and Warren Buffett. My investment approach is a confluence of ideas that primarily stem from those four investors. Graham is the foundation. Schloss and Greenblatt add important ideas and strategies to Graham’s foundation.¬†Buffett […]

General Thoughts

Quantitative vs Qualitative Methods for Stock Analysis

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There has always been an ongoing debate about the pros and cons of quantitative and qualitative methods for picking stocks. Which way works better? Is one better than the other? Should an investor use both “quant” and “qual” factors when making investment decisions? I’m not sure… but I’ll give you my opinion. Two of the investors that I’ve learned the most from had completely different viewpoints on these two schools of thought. Ben Graham was a quantitative analyst, choosing only […]

Joel Greenblatt

Joel Greenblatt Special Situation Investing Notes Part 1

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One of the blogs I read often ( recently did a blog post that contained links to some of his notes from a value investing class audited at Columbia. He doesn’t list who the investor is in his notes, as he says he wants his readers to be unbiased as they read through the notes. As I read through the first link that he calls Class Notes-Introduction to Value Investing for Special Situations, it’s clear that the class is being […]