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Slow and Steady Wins the Race
Asset Allocation is where investors make their biggest investing mistakes. Portfolio volatility is lowered by combining low or negatively correlated assets.
The purpose of estimating intrinsic value is to take advantage of mis-priced assets. Don’t get discouraged because you feel it’s difficult to determine the intrinsic value of a stock. It is not a science! It is the variables that make up your estimated intrinsic value that are more important than an exact intrinsic value number.
Microsoft history teaches us an important price to value lesson. Real example of two investors who buy the same stock with very different returns.
We answer the question: What is Alpha and Beta?. Then we look at how a value oriented investor can approach these two investment concepts and become a better investor.
Portfolio Diversification is a foundational concept in investing. It can be a rather basic and easy to understand concept. However, in its implementation, many investors make catastrophic mistakes with too much concentration and others settle for average performance because of over diversification.
Portfolio diversification is a balance between concentration and over diversification to optimize risk and potential return.
Just as grading on a curve in school was inaccurate, analyzing stocks on a curve is inaccurate. Try to recognize when others (media, stockbrokers, etc.) are trying to tempt you to buy stocks based on this analysis. It’s a false choice you don’t have to make.
The Gross Profitability Ratio is gaining credibility in value investing circles as a qualitative metric which provides valuable, if not predictive, analysis. Gross Profitability is my favorite metric to apply to stocks I have already determined to be cheap.
As value investors, one of our most important rules is to avoid incurring large losses. There are two easy ways to subject yourself to possible large losses; buy stocks for more than they’re worth, and buy stocks of companies that go bankrupt. The Altman Z-Score is a formula of 5 basic financial ratios to help determine the financial health of a company. In particular, it is a probabilistic model to screen for bankruptcy risk of a company.
Many investors don’t differentiate between price and value. Buying stocks at bargain prices lowers your risk considerably. If you are buying stocks just because everyone else is (they are going up) then you are playing with fire. You will eventually get burned. To be a successful investor you must differentiate, and understand the relationship, between price and value.
92 Insightful Quotes from The Most Important Thing by Howard Marks. One of the best value portfolio management books ever written. One of the best value portfolio management books ever written.
Howard Marks delivers his commentary in a style that has been described as “insightful, direct, homespun, expert and sharply pointed”. His objective in writing The Most Important Thing was to provide a book that would lay out his investment philosophy in a manner that would be beneficial to the average investor.
His approach is to lay out The Most Important Thing Is….. in 20 Chapters. Each is a building block to successful investing. Together they create a “solid wall” in which each piece is essential “guideposts” that keep investors focused on the most important things for successful portfolio management.
There is a debate between two approaches among investors: qualitative vs. quantitative. In reality, every investor adopts at least a little of both approaches; but may emphasize one or the other. The qualitative approach concentrates on the quality of the company. Emphasis is put on the company’s products, services, management, competitors, etc. A quantitative approach concentrates on the income statements, balance sheets, and cash flows, and analyzes the relationship between price and intrinsic value .