Guru Feedback from Barron’s Mid-Year Roundtable

Most participants in this year’s Barron’s Roundtable think “the markets will soon get more interesting, and not in a pleasant way,” according to the publication’s recent summary, which includes excerpts from comments by market heavy-hitters such as Jeffrey Gundlach and Mario Gabelli. “After all,” the article says, “U.S. stocks are expensive, the economy is dullsville, and interest rates are about to rise.” Noting that the market’s gains have been unevenly distributed since the last Roundtable (held January 9th of this year), the article quotes Delphi Management founder Scott Black who says small- and mid-cap value stocks have been “left in […]

Veteran Fund Managers Part II

In yesterday’s blog post, we shared some insights from tenured money managers regarding the patience necessary for investment success. An article in last weeks’ InvestmentNews offered more feedback from this group of sage investors, which included; Ariel Fund’s John Rogers, Robert Bacarella of the Monetta fund, Mario Gabelli of Gabelli Asset Management Company and John Carey of the Pioneer fund. When asked how they’ve managed to stay in the competitive world of fund management, here are their responses: Gabelli: “We’re obsessed with studying our companies, reading annual reports.” He added, “We have knowledge that we’ve accumulated over an extended period […]

Gabelli (Like Ben Graham) Stresses Investing not Speculating

Speaking recently with CNBC, Mario Gabelli, chairman and CEO of Gabelli Asset Management, offered thoughts on a number of investing topics. Gabelli considers himself an investor, not a speculator. Gabelli views investing like owning a piece of the underlying business, and looks for firms with solid, hardworking management that allocates capital with a goal of generating returns on that capital. Mr. Market, he says, will often times give you the opportunity to buy these companies at discounted prices. The information flow in today’s market moves rapidly, which he believes amplifies short term market movements. He also says that to be […]

Current Downturn is a Good Time to Pick Stocks, Says Mario Gabelli

Mario Gabelli of GAMCO told CNBC that he thinks the downturn “is good. This is what markets are supposed to do. Psychology and human behavior is supposed to give you the blow up.” He noted that we knew the fourth quarter of 2015 would “be reporting some real negative impacts from the convergence of “the four Cs: currency, China, commodities, and current earnings.” However, he said, “As I look to the fourth quarter of 2016, I see really bright spots.” He suggested that buying “individual companies that have certain characteristics” now is an opportunity: “you get a good price on […]