Finding Stocks Using the Investment Criteria of Great Investors

By John P. Reese — It’s the time of year when notebooks and pencils (okay, iPads and styluses) are replacing flip-flops and swimsuits. Go into any store and you’ll see all the trappings; every food item imaginable in snack-size packaging, backpacks, dorm room accoutrements, and a sea of organizational shelves, bags and boxes. Maybe it’s also a good time to evaluate how organized you are with respect to your investment portfolio. Do you have a solid, go-to approach that is aligned with your risk profile and future goals? Are you sticking to that approach no matter what you hear on […]

Piotroski and Book/Market-Based Investing

 In a recent article for Nasdaq, Validea CEO John Reese shares insights on quantitative investing and outlines the approach of Stanford University accounting professor Joesph Piotroski (a market guru that inspired one of the stock screening models Reese created for Validea). Piotroski, writes Reese, was a trailblazer in the investment approach, turning heads on Wall Street in 2000 with his research on unpopular companies with high book-market ratios (defined as total assets minus total liabilities divided by market capitalization). Reese offers an explanation of Piotroski’s approach and the metrics he used, as well as an overview of the Validea portfolio […]

Buffett, Bank of America, and Five Financials

Warren Buffett’s decision to exercise Berkshire Hathaway’s warrants to purchase 700 million shares of Bank of America common stock will make it the bank’s biggest shareholder, writes Validea CEO John Reese in a recent Forbes article. Reese provides an overview of Berkshire’s history with Bank of America, explaining that this transaction will be the company’s most profitable in the financial sector. He also underscores the fact that financials have become a “cornerstone of Berkshire Hathaway’s holdings.” Using the stock screening models he created based on the investment philosophy of Warren Buffett and other market gurus, Reese identified the following five […]

Keys to Success from Bogle, Buffett and Others

In a recent Forbes article, Validea CEO John Reese shared seven keys to investing success from such legends as Warren Buffett, Joel Greenblatt, Jack Bogle and Peter Lynch. Here are some highlights: Time is your friend—take advantage of compounding returns. Impulse is your enemy—emotional investing decisions are a bad idea. Basic arithmetic works—be mindful of transaction costs and fees. Stay the course—stick to your investment plan. Using his stock screening models, Reese identified the following high-scoring picks: ManpowerGroup (MAN), a provider of workforce solution and services, earns high marks for persistent growth in earnings-per-share and a favorable price-sales ratio. Nissan […]

Focus on the “Known Knowns” When Investing

Among the many parallels we can draw between life’s macro issues and the world of finance, perhaps one of the most compelling is the tendency for people to think they know more than they do. While this can be costly in any context, it can break the bank when mixed with investing. In the field of psychology, this tendency is known as the Dunning-Kruger effect, named after the Cornell University psychologists who studied it. David Dunning found that the main reason for such a bias was ignorance rather than arrogance–that is, that often people didn’t realize how much they didn’t […]