Keys to Investing Success and Solid Picks

In a recent Forbes article, Validea CEO John Reese shared a list of core investing concepts outlined in an essay for the CFA institute by Vanguard founder Jack Bogle, and offered parallels with tenets of market gurus such as Warren Buffett, Peter Lynch, and Joel Greenblatt: Invest you must. Failure to earn an adequate return is riskier than short term market volatility. According to Joel Greenblatt: “The strategy of putting all your eggs in one basket and watching that basket is less risky than you might think.” Time is your friend. Benjamin Graham referred to compounding as the “eighth wonder […]

Peter Lynch Style Investing: Simpler is Better

 In an article for this week’s Nasdaq, Validea CEO John Reese highlights the investment philosophy of guru Peter Lynch that centers on the importance of investing in what you know. “Hardly a pithy inside tip” writes Reese, “but very characteristic of the Lynch approach.” Lynch generated one of the most impressive track records of all time during his tenure as manager of Fidelity’s Magellan Fund from 1977 to 1990. Reese outlines the concepts that form the foundation of his common-sense investment strategy, including how Lynch categorizes companies. He also describes one of the most important metrics in Lynch’s methodology, the […]

Peter Lynch’s Long-Term Game

The legendary manager of Fidelity’s Magellan fund (in the 1980s) was big on doing plenty of research before investing, writes Validea CEO John Reese in a recent issue of The Globe and Mail. Reese outlines Lynch’s investment philosophy and summarizes three maxims that the veteran fund manager outlined in his 1993 book Beating the Street; (1) do your homework, (2) invest for the long term, and (3) only buy what you understand. Surprisingly, the tenets were presented to Lynch in 1991 by a group of seventh graders who were learning about the stock market. Reese offers three high-scoring picks identified […]

Peter Lynch’s Strategy and PEG Ratio Picks

The legendary manager of Fidelity’s Magellan fund (1977 to 1990) and author of One Up on Wall Street subscribed to the investment philosophy of buying into companies you could understand and then analyzing their fundamentals. One of Lynch’s go-to metrics was the PEG ratio (an indicator of value), which measured the relationship between a stock’s price-earnings ratio and its earnings-per-share growth. In a recent article for TheStreet, Validea CEO John Reese explained his Lynch-based stock screening model and identified some picks that make the grade: Waddell & Reed Financial (WDR) is a mutual fund and asset-management company that earns high […]

Augmented Reality Craze and Stock Picks

Earlier this month, Pokémon Go took the augmented reality world by storm, sending throngs of folks into the streets hunting monsters. In his latest article for TheStreet.com John Reese, CEO of Validea, offered his insights on AR, where it’s headed, and the potential opportunities it presents in other industry sectors. The retail sector and social media space are two areas he highlighted as rife with potential. In fact, several retailers have launched AR apps to make shopping (and buying) easier for their customers. Needless to say, the possibilities for this technology are vast, and Reese identified the following four stocks […]

Guru Stock Screen of the Week: Finding Small Caps with the Lynch GARP Approach

This week, we bring you the Stock Screen of the week from Validea. On Validea.com, you can screen for stocks using the site’s Guru Stock Screener, which scores stocks based on the fundamental stock selection criteria of legendary investors. The firm’s models are based on investing legends such as Warren Buffett, Peter Lynch, Benjamin Graham, Kenneth Fisher, Martin Zweig, David Dreman, Joel Greenblatt and others. This week’s screen is based on Validea’s Peter Lynch-based strategy, which looks for stocks trading at a reasonable price relative to earnings growth that also possess strong balance sheets. The model’s criteria are listed below. P/E/GROWTH […]

Creativity in Investment Process

A recent article in the CFA Institute’s enterprising Investor explores the role of creativity in investing, highlighting legendary investor Peter Lynch’s comment to “invest in what you know,” but also pointing out that Lynch believed “it was also necessary to support [creative] insights with traditional, in-depth research.” Freelance author Ed McCarthy asks: “Where do creative investment ideas originate? Are investment managers at the mercy of serendipitous, eureka-like moments and automated screens, or can creativity be learned and inculcated in a firm’s investment process?” Jason Voss of the CFA Institute recently published a book seeking to guide investors in developing processes […]

Is the Next Peter Lynch or Warren Buffett Waiting in the Wings as Value Emerges

Bloomberg reports on the market shifts toward value as “returning to an era when stock pickers reigned,” drawing on comments by Bank of Montreal’s Brian Belski, who said “it’s a Warren Buffet or Peter Lynch-type world where you buy good companies and stick with them.” As Bloomberg puts it, Belski’s comments reflect that “the current climate recalls the 1980s” when Lynch’s record with Fidelity and Buffet’s success “rose to fame.” The article notes, “an index of value stocks in the [S&P 500] has seen a jump of more than three times that of its growth-oriented counterpart since the start of […]

Making Friends With Bear Markets

If you are trying to avoid the next bear market, Validea CEO John P. Reese has some advice: Stop trying to avoid the next bear market. In a piece for Forbes.com, Reese cites a recent column from Mark Hulbert, who monitors the performance of hundreds of investment advisors through his Hulbert Financial Digest. Hulbert says that over the past 15 years the best performers have been those who have stayed the course through bear markets. Those advisors he tracks who by and large avoided stocks during either the 2007-2009 or 2000-2002 bear market – when stocks were pummeled – are […]

There’s Much More to “Buy What you Know” says Legendary Fund Manager Peter Lynch

  Peter Lynch, the super-star manager of the Fidelity Magellan Fund until 1990, says the famous advice to “invest what you know” attributed to him leaves out the importance of fundamental stock research. As reported in the Wall Street Journal recently, Lynch “explains his philosophy this way: Use your specialized knowledge to hone in on stocks you can analyze, study them and then decide if they’re worth owning.” Lynch also noted changes in the market since his retirement 25 years ago, especially the rise of exchange-traded funds. “People accept that active managers can’t beat the market,” he said,” and it’s […]

Would Lynch, Buffett, and Graham Like Apple, Facebook, and GE?

How do Apple, Facebook, Berkshire Hathaway, and other market giants stack up against the strategies used by history’s greatest investors? In his latest column for Forbes.com, Validea CEO John P. Reese takes a look at how 10 market titans fare, and the results might surprise you. Reese notes that, historically, small stocks have beaten large stocks by a significant margin. Small stocks have an advantage because they can fly under the radar in a way that larger stocks cannot, and they usually come with an added risk premium because they tend to be less stable and more susceptible to bankruptcy. […]

Top Manager Borrowing From the Peter Lynch Playbook

Putnam manager Jerry Sullivan takes a three-pronged approach to picking stocks, including approaches reminiscent of Fidelity’s Peter Lynch, with whom Sullivan began his career. As a student intern 30 years ago, Sullivan caught Lynch’s eye and was offered a permanent position with Fidelity. He turned it down, but his approach to managing Putnam funds includes elements that suggest he learned a lot in those early days. Sullivan’s Putnam Multi-Cap Core fund has returned an annualized 15.8% over five years, placing it among the top 3% of its peers, although it has under-performed in the last year. As a manager, he […]

Guru Stock Screen of the Week: Lynch Approved Stocks + Low Valuations + Long-Term Earnings Growth + Dividends

This week, we bring you the Stock Screen of the week from Validea. On Validea.com, you can screen for stocks using the site’s Guru Stock Screener, which scores stocks based on the fundamental stock selection criteria of legendary investors. The firm’s models are based on investing legends such as Warren Buffett, Peter Lynch, Benjamin Graham, Kenneth Fisher, Martin Zweig, David Dreman, Joel Greenblatt and others. The Advanced Guru Stock Screener allows users to create their own fundamental screens using a combination of the strategies of these investing greats and their own criteria. This week’s screen looks for stocks that pass […]

Peter Lynch And High-Dividend Stocks

Every other issue of The Validea Hot List newsletter examines in detail one of John Reese’s computerized Guru Strategies. This latest issue looks at the Peter Lynch-inspired strategy, which has averaged annual returns of 11.2% since its July 2003 inception vs. 6.4% for the S&P 500. Below is an excerpt from the newsletter, along with several recent top-scoring stock ideas from the Lynch-based investment strategy.