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… Read More

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… Read More

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… Read More

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… Read More

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… Read More

Specialization Key to Becoming a Successful Value Investor

Recent worries that market indexes have been skewed higher by a small number of tech companies have started to subside, according to a recent article by Validea CEO John Reese for The Globe and Mail. Reese cites comments by industry experts, including Robert Shiller, Wharton School professor Jeremy Siegel and GMO co-founder Jeremy Grantham, the consensus of which is that the market is not in danger of overheating and may continue to inch upward. “If… Read More

Four Cybersecurity Sector Picks

 This month’s widespread and destructive ransomware attack crippled thousands of businesses worldwide, writes Validea CEO John Reese in a recent article for TheStreet.com. Fortunately, the attack didn’t penetrate the U.S. to a great extent, Reese writes, but only thanks to a lucky catch by a British researcher. The level of preparedness in these situations, Reese says, is driven by a business’s expectations regarding what might happen. “This isn’t unlike the world of investing,” he says,… Read More

Ken Fisher’s Price-to-Sales Ratio and Super Stock Picks

While investors and the media focus on a stock’s PE ratio, investing guru Kenneth Fisher affords more attention to the price-sales ratio as a valuation measure, writes Validea CEO John Reese in a recent Forbes article. Reese outlines the Fisher investment philosophy and related criteria that inspired one of his stock screening models. Using this model, Reese identifies the following five high-scoring picks: Steelcase (SCS) provides an integrated portfolio of furniture settings, user-centered technologies and… Read More

Cautious Dividend Investing a Must

Given the historically low interest rate and return environment, investors hungry for yield have been gravitating toward dividend stocks, but the valuation advantage of this asset class has diminished. This according to an article in this week’s Forbes by Validea CEO John Reese. “Since yield no longer provides a reliable valuation tool” writes Reese, “investors in search of such dividends must be sure to use other metrics to gauge value.” He emphasizes the importance of… Read More

Value-Based Picks for the Trump Rally

As the Trump rally continues and stock prices remain elevated, shopping for value stocks may not sound feasible, writes Validea CEO John Reese in this week’s Forbes. He points out, however, that whether or not the market is overbought “shouldn’t matter to a true value investor.” Reese discusses the strategy of value investing legend John Neff, who led the Windsor Fund from 1964 to 1995 and outperformed the market by an average of 3.1% per… Read More