Zweig on Investing Vs. Speculating

Every asset, writes Jason Zweig of The Wall Street Journal, “is an investment in some people’s hands and a speculation in others’. So it isn’t what you buy, but rather why you buy it, that determines whether you are investing or speculating.” Zweig explains that this distinction, which is often credited to legendary investor Benjamin Graham, may be flawed in that an investment can in fact be speculative in nature or actually resemble a hybrid under certain circumstances. He offers an example involving Amazon, which has shot up from $1.50 per share in 1997 (adjusted for stock splits) to past […]

Benjamin Graham Inspired Picks

In his book The Intelligent Investor, the “Father of Value Investing” (and Warren Buffett’s mentor) drives home the importance of evaluating a business’s fundamentals before investing. In a recent article for Forbes, Validea CEO John Reese explains the metrics he used  to create his Graham-inspired stock screening model and offers the following high-scoring picks: Genesco (GCO) is a retailer and wholesaler of footwear, apparel and accessories that earns high marks for its solid revenue base, liquidity and low leverage. Long-term growth in earnings-per-share well exceeds the minimum requirement under this model. Myriad Genetics (MYGN) is engaged in the discovery, development […]

Graham and Buffett Back-to-School Picks

There’s a wide range of expectations for the retail sector with respect to this year’s back-to-school shopping results. In a recent article for Forbes, Validea CEO John Reese offers some data and insights on which retailers might make the grade. According to the National Retail Foundation, an improved sales season would be the first in four years. Total spending for K-12 and college is expected to reach $75.8 billion, up from $68 billion last year. Deborah Weinswig, head of Fung Global Retail and Technology, is quoted as saying, “We expect sales to reach near-record levels—up 2%-3%. There are more kids […]

Graham and Buffett Disciple Tops the Charts in 2015

Deena Friedman manages the Fidelity Select Retailing Portfolio, which has the highest 2015 return among mutual funds. With a return of over 18%, Barron’s notes that her “stock-picking easily outperformed comparable index-driven strategies,” given the 10.4% average return of ETFs investing in consumer discretionary shares. Friedman is a classic value investor, following Graham and Buffett, among others. “I found the way to generate alpha,” she says, “by thinking very long-term.” She also says that the American consumer “is increasingly value-conscious in an economy that is slow and steady, grinding upwards” – an outlook that fits well with her value investing […]

Fidelity PM Learns from Value Greats like Buffett, Graham and Klarman

Chuck Myers, who heads the Fidelity Small Cap Discovery Fund, shared some of the lessons he has learned as a value investor at the recent CFA Institute Equity and Valuation Conference. As reported in Enterprising Investor, these include: “Learn from the best, but think independently.” Myers cites some of the best known investors, and those with excellent records, as influences, but has developed his own “low expectations” approach to value investing by seeking out-of-favor stocks ripe for a turnaround. Myers cites great investors such as Warren Buffett, Benjamin Graham, and Seth Klarman as some of his top influencers in investing. […]

What Buffett Learned From Ben Graham

While he was no doubt born with some natural gifts, Warren Buffett didn’t become history’s greatest investor without any help. Buffett many times has praised his mentor, the late, great Benjamin Graham, for shaping his investing approach, and in a recent piece for Business Insider, Richard Feloni looked at some of the key lessons Buffett learned from the man known as “The Father of Value Investing”.

The Two Most Important Pages Of Warren Buffett's 50th Anniversary Shareholder Letter

Warren Buffett’s 50th anniversary letter to Berkshire Hathaway shareholders has now been analyzed by a myriad of pundits who have dissected just about every sentence of it. But, given that Buffett offers plenty of his trademark wisdom and wit in the 15-page communique, what are the most essential parts of the letter for investors? There’s plenty to pick from, but we think these two pages stand out.

The Graham Strategy: Value and Safety Make for Big Returns

Every other issue of the Validea Hot List newsletter examines in detail one of John P. Reese’s computerized Guru Strategies. This latest issue looks at the Benjamin Graham-inspired strategy, up 12.4% annualized since its mid-2003 inception vs. 6.6% for the S&P 500. Below is an excerpt from the newsletter, along with several top-scoring stock ideas from the Graham-based investment strategy.

Great Pages: Ben Graham's "Mental Weapons"

Can a single page of a book change your investment life? We believe it can. Periodically, we highlight some of the Great Pages that have had a great impact on our investment philosophy. Today, we look at p. 34 from Benjamin Graham’s “The Intelligent Investor” (2005 edition), in which Graham talks about the mindset needed to distinguish oneself from the crowd in investing.

Munger On Buffett, Temperament, And Why He's Better Than Ben Graham

Charlie Munger isn’t nearly as high-profile as his Berkshire Hathaway partner Warren Buffett, but The Wall Street Journal’s Jason Zweig recently caught up with him for a fascinating interview in which Munger talked about everything from Socrates and Confucius to derivatives and accounting practices to why he doesn’t love Benjamin Graham the way Buffett does.