Barron’s 2009 Roundtable Summary: Experts See Uncertain Times Ahead

This is the first of three Barron’s Roundtable articles featuring some of the best and brightest in the investment industry. In general, these experts see more uncertainty in 2009, but think there are ample opportunities for good stock-picking strategies. Writes Barron’s Lauren R. Rublen, “The [roundtable] was rife with history lessons and warnings — and […]

Reese: Five Reasons for Optimism

In the week’s Validea Hot List newsletter, Validea CEO John Reese says that, despite the continuing troubles with the U.S. economy, he sees several clear reasons long-term investors should be high on stocks heading into 2009. “Good investors must have the ability to look past the near-term and see the forest for the trees,” Reese […]

Bogle: Don’t Forget These Lessons Next Time

Investing legend John Bogle, founder of the Vanguard Group of Mutual Funds, writes in a guest column for The Wall Street Journal that investors continually ignore lessons of the past, which cost many dearly last year. Bogle offers six such lessons that we should not forget moving forward:

Neff: “It’s Time To Go In”

In a rare interview, retired value guru John Neff — who put together one of the best track records in history over his three-plus decades managing the Windsor Fund — tells Fortune that now is the time to buy stocks.

Berkowitz’s Free Cash Flow Yield Screen

Advisor Perspectives turns out another good interview, this time with Fairholme Fund manager Bruce Berkowitz. Berkowitz’s leadership has helped turn the Fairholme Fund into one of the most successful funds around. Berkowitz takes time to discuss his investment process. Specifically, he says “we look at a company’s free cash flow relative to its price. Ideally, […]

Ten Lessons from The Oracle

MSN.com’s Michael Brush writes today that the current tough times call for “a dose of optimism, wisdom, and insight”, and he thus offers 10 lessons on “the basics”, as taught by Warren Buffett. The lessons mostly focus not on financial expertise, but instead on psychology. “Buffett’s investment success comes from some easy-to-grasp human qualities as […]

Buffett’s ’08 Bargain Binge: $20 billion +

The final tally from Warren Buffett’s 2008 buying spree: $20 billion-plus. “While most investors panicked or were forced to sell, [Buffett] put more than $20 billion to work last year, positioning his insurance-focused conglomerate to profit if the economy and markets recover in coming years,” writes Alistair Barr of MarketWatch. Buffett’s firm had about $44 […]

Fisher: Better To Be A Little Early Than A Little Late

Ken Fisher, CEO of Fisher Investments and Forbes columnist, says “it’s better to be a little early than a little late getting back into stocks.” Fisher explains that the stock market is a discounting mechanism, representing “a guess about where the economy (and corporate profits) will be 6 to 24 months in the future.” Fisher […]

Buffett’s “Timeless” Predictions

CNBC.com outlines eight timeless predictions by Warren Buffett on its Warren Buffett Watch blog. While CNBC labels these as predictions, we tend to think of these more like lessons that Buffett offers up to long-term stock market investors. After a year like 2008, Buffett’s lessons provide some perspective on dealing with recessions, bear markets and […]