Ben Graham’s Biggest Contribution May Not Be Value Investing

By Justin J. Carbonneau (@jjcarbonneau) —  If you Google “Ben Graham”, you will see that his name is synonymous with the value investing philosophy, and rightfully so. His book, Security Analysis, which was published in 1934 during the heart of the Great Depression, kicked off the era of classic value investing — that is, buying stocks that look cheap based on their assets or earnings. Graham’s investing philosophy was greatly influenced by the excesses seen… Read More

Three Slogans that Don’t Work for Money Managers, But Should

By Jack M. Forehand — One of the interesting things about investing is that the approaches that work the best in raising capital and obtaining clients are often the worst approaches in terms of producing the best long-term outcomes. Things like chasing strong recent performance, owning the stocks everyone wants to own, and the belief that successful investing needs to be complex all look great on paper, but none of them typically lead to optimal… Read More

Factor Strategy Focus – Benjamin Graham

By Jack Forehand — When we started following guru-based models, the term factor investing didn’t exist. We just wanted to find a way to outperform the market, and we realized that only a very small group of investors had successfully done that – and we certainly weren’t in that group. So we decided to follow investors who had long-term records of beating the market and whose strategies could be quantified. We read their books and… Read More

The Investor as a Storyteller

By John P. Reese — The celebrated author Mark Twain said, “It’s not what you don’t know that kills you, it’s what you know for sure that ain’t true.” Twain’s point is well taken, and a keen interpretation of the human condition. As a species, we are extremely accomplished at spinning tales and making meaning, whether based in logic or not, and formulating decisions based on those stories. A precarious tendency when it comes to… Read More

Sensible Stock Picks Based on Fundamentals

While some forms of stock picking can be risky, choosing stocks based on proven strategies and underlying fundamentals can “increase an investor’s odds of enjoying outperformance over time,” writes Validea CEO John Reese in a recent Forbes article. Reese explains that stock picking resides on a continuum comprised of varying approaches and combinations of approaches. He describes the philosophy of Benjamin Graham, the legendary investor and mentor to Warren Buffett who is widely viewed as… Read More

John Bogle Shares Thoughts on Professional and Business Values—Part 3

An essay by Vanguard founder John Bogle, published in a recent issue of the CFA Institute’s Financial Analysts Journal, offers insights and guidance concerning the need for balance between professional values and business values in the world of investing and finance. This is the third installment of a five-part series outlining highlights of the essay. Bogle uses the examples of Adam Smith and Benjamin Graham, trailblazers in professional investing, to illustrate the evolution of the… Read More

Investing Lessons from 2016 that Ben Graham May Give a Nod To

It’s the time of year when holiday party-goers lament their seasonal overindulgences and commit to “turning over a new leaf” on January 1st— promises to hit the gym every day, clear the pantry of junk food and turn off devices during family time are among the hopeful resolutions traded over hors d’oeuvres and prosecco. It’s also a time for reflection on the year that’s passed and setting in place a plan for the year ahead.… Read More

Investing Principles Part II: Identifying Value in Earnings

This section of the Tweedy Browne publication What Has Worked In Investing referenced in yesterday’s blog describes the investment approach related to low price in relation to earnings. Legendary value investor Benjamin Graham’s focused on what he called the “margin of safety” (the difference between a stock’s price and the company’s underlying value) and gravitated toward stocks that had price-earnings ratios below 15. The Tweedy publication references a study that tested Graham’s criteria on stocks… Read More