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Guru Based on Return
Motley Fool 570.6%
Peter Lynch 391.4%
Martin Zweig 374.1%
Kenneth Fisher 362.5%
Benjamin Graham 314.6%
James P. O'Shaughnessy 220.6%
Warren Buffett 158.1%
Joseph Piotroski 151.2%
John Neff 116.8%
David Dreman 111.0%
Joel Greenblatt 104.1%

Recent Articles by Validea Founder John Reese


John Reese Forbes Articles

Build An Investment Checklist Using Buffett's Investment Criteria

In this year's letter to Berkshire Hathaway shareholders, Warren Buffett refers to the conglomerate's "gradual shift from a company obtaining most of its gains from investment activities to one that grows in value by owning businesses." An article in the Wall Street Journal last month titled, "Warren Buffett's Berkshire Moves Away from Stock Picking," underscores the shift in the context of the conglomerate's offer to purchase power-transmission firm Energy Future Holdings for $9 billion in cash.


John Reese NASDAQ Articles

Where Have the Low P/E Stocks Gone? Here are Five to Consider

When Warren Buffett purchased his first shares of GEICO back in 1951, there were no funny commercials or talking lizard mascots to entice him. It was Buffett's limitless curiosity about the company's then-chairman Benjamin Graham-one of Buffett's professors at Columbia University as well as his mentor and "hero"--that led Buffett to visit Washington DC on a cold Saturday morning to visit what was then the General Employees Insurance Company.


John Reese Globe and Mail Articles
The Globe and Mail

Three Stock Picks From a Warren Buffett-Inspired Portfolio

The mathematician Ed Thorp figured out how to beat Las Vegas casinos at blackjack and baccarat and they didn't like it. But the MIT and University of California Irvine professor didn't get discouraged. He applied those same mathematical principles to the markets, and also won. Mr. Thorp knows that good ideas have limited runs. As more investors pile into a winning trade, the returns start to diminish and the idea can no longer outperform the market.

Validea Hot List Newsletter


Validea Hot List

Lynch Strategy Not Just Buy What You Know

When Peter Lynch took over as manager of Fidelity's Magellan Fund in 1977, fund holdings totaled approximately $20 million. During his tenure from 1977 to 1990, it generated returns averaging 29.2% per year compared to the S&P 500's 15.8%, making Lynch something of a legend. When he retired in 1990, the fund had grown to $14 billion, a 700-fold increase. But how he did it may surprise many people.


Validea Hot List

Are Small-Caps Small Potatoes?

The small-cap universe doesn't hold the appeal it did in the wake of last year's presidential election, and large-cap growth names have resumed leadership of the market. But valuations and long-term prospects within the group could set it up for strong returns going forward.


Validea Hot List

The Book to Market Model of Joseph Piotroski

A market guru that inspired one of the stock screening models we use at Validea, Joseph Piotroski was a trailblazer in the realm of quantitative investing, although he flew largely under the investing world radar. In 2000 the accounting professor at Stanford University wrote an academic paper that took Wall Street by surprise and was pivotal in the evolution of quantitative investing.

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