Yacktman Talks Value, Strategy

Mutual fund manager Donald Yacktman has put up an exceptional track record for more than a decade, and in a recent interview with Canada’s Globe and Mail, he talked about his investment approach and thoughts on the current market. Yacktman says that the market is not cheap, which is the biggest risk investors face today. […]

Yacktman Talks Strategy, Value, and Quality

For much of the past few years, top fund manager Donald Yacktman has said high quality stocks had been trading at exceptional discounts to lower quality plays. But in an interview with WealthTrack’s Consuelo Mack, Yacktman says the spreads between high and low quality equities has narrowed dramatically. Yacktman, who focuses on high quality stocks, […]

Position Sizing Key for Yacktman Funds

Donald Yacktman’s funds have some of the best long-term track records one can find. And in his funds’ 2012 year-end letter, his team talks about a key part of their strategy: position sizing. “We think position sizing is one of the most important aspects of good portfolio mangement,” the letter states (hat tip to GuruFocus.com for […]

Yacktman Talks Strategy

As 2013 approaches, top fund manager Donald Yacktman is focusing on high-quality stocks, as well as some much-maligned contrarian plays. Yacktman tells Forbes that he likes stocks with high returns on assets, which generally means that the businesses have low capital requirements, nice market share, and the ability to fare well in good times or […]

Yacktman: Volatility Means Opportunity

Top mutual fund manager Donald Yacktman says that the short-term “casino” mentality among most investors has actually created more opportunities for long-term value investors. Yacktman tells Morningstar that a decline in trading costs in recent years, coupled with the natural volatility of stocks, has created volatility and the casino mentality. But, he says, “The more […]

Yacktman: Stocks Are Far From Dead

Top fund manager Donald Yacktman says high-quality blue chip stocks continue to trade at incredibly cheap levels. Yacktman tells WealthTrack’s Consuelo Mack that while many high-quality stocks like Procter and Gamble were cheaper on an absolute basis in late 2008/early 2009, they are now even cheaper relative to the broader market. “The cash flows are […]

Yacktman Still Focused on Quality

Top fund manager Donald Yacktman says that he’s sticking with high-quality stocks. Yacktman tells CNBC that his biggest holdings include Pepsi, News Corp., and Proctor and Gamble. He also says he’d stay away from lower-quality stocks and cyclical firms. He thinks many cyclicals are selling at profit margins that may be unsustainable.  

Yacktman: Stocks Still Remarkably Attractive

Top fund manager Donald Yacktman says that he can’t remember another time in his 40-plus-year career when he has “seen so many high-quality, profitable businesses selling at prices relative to the market this cheaply.” Yacktman tells WealthTrack’s Consuelo Mack that many stocks are trading at valuations similar to where they were in the late 2008 […]

An Unlikely Tech Stock Fan

Donald Yacktman, who for more than a decade has posted one of the best track records of any mutual fund manager, is finding big value in an area he once shunned: tech stocks. “If someone had told me 10 years ago that these stocks would be in my portfolio, I would have laughed,” Yacktman, who […]

Yacktman: Big Blue Chips As Cheap As He’s Ever Seen

Top fund manager Donald Yacktman says that in his 40-plus-year investment career, he has “never seen so many large, profitable businesses selling on a relative basis to other things as cheaply as they do today.” Yacktman recently told Bloomberg that PepsiCo and News Corp. are two of the most attractive large-caps he’s finding right now. […]

Why Bad News Can Be Good News

Many investors run from a stock when it makes short-term negative headlines. But in this recent interview with Bloomberg about News Corp., one of his biggest holdings, top fund manager Donald Yacktman offers an interesting take on how a value investor like himself deals with short-term bad news. In the case of News Corp., for […]

Yacktman Managers Talk Strategy, Mindset, and Value

In an extensive interview with GuruFocus.com, Donald Yacktman, Stephen Yacktman, and Jason Subotky of the top-performing Yacktman Funds talk about their investment strategy, and where they’re finding value right now. “The most important decision is the purchase price relative to the value of the investment,” the managers say when asked what the most important indicator […]

Yacktman: Blue Chips Still Selling Near 18-Year Lows

Even with the market up more than 90% off its 2009 lows, top fund manager Donald Yacktman says he’s still finding big values in big, blue-chip stocks. “I don’t think the opportunities are anywhere near what they were two years ago,” Yacktman tells Barron’s. “But what is staggering to me is high-quality companies still selling […]

Yacktman Still Finding Value

While the market is up close to 100% over its March 2009 low, top value manager Donald Yacktman says he’s still finding bargains. “We have bought Apollo Group — a private universities company — and H&R Block, which does tax preparation work in the US,” Yacktman tells the Financial News. “While the market is a […]

Yacktman Sees Shift to Higher-Quality Stocks Coming

In his fourth-quarter shareholder letter, top fund manager Donald Yacktman and his team say they expect the market to shift from stocks with “exciting” stories to those that have “stable, established value” sometime soon. The rally over the last four months of 2010 was driven by the Federal Reserve’s second quantitative easing plan, the Yacktman […]

Top Fund Manager Talks Strategy

While most long-only equity funds have struggled in the past decade, Donald Yacktman’s two funds have returned 12.4% and 12.9% per year, respectively. And in a recent interview with The Wall Street Transcript (click here for a PDF) Yacktman and his two co-managers discussed how they’ve been able to do so well during such a […]

Yacktman: Bonds “A Real Dangerous Area”

Top fund manager Donald Yacktman says government policies have him concerned about U.S. growth. Yacktman also tells Bloomberg that he’s still keying on high-quality companies that have fallen out-of-favor in the short term, and is seeing a lot of value in the healthcare sector. And he talks about the types of stocks that can deal […]

Yacktman Likes Pepsi — and Doesn’t Like Market Timing

Donald Yacktman, who has an exceptional long-term mutual fund management track record, is continuing to find a myriad of values in the stock market right now, particularly among big blue chips. “I haven’t seen a period at least since the early 1990s when so many above-average companies have traded at below-average prices,” Yacktman tells Kiplinger’s […]

Yacktman Still High on High-Quality, and Thinking Globally

Top fund manager Donald Yacktman is continuing to find the best values in high-quality companies, and has his long-term focus on companies with international exposure. “Last quarter we wrote that many holdings had gone from ‘the exceptional to the more than acceptable,’” Yacktman’s firm states in its second-quarter letter. (Click here for a PDF copy […]