Five Picks for Investing in a Bull Market Without Getting Trampled

In a recent article for Forbes, Validea CEO John Reese discussed how investors can take advantage of the ongoing bull market without getting trampled. He refers to the strategy of Warren Buffett who, Reese writes, “would probably answer this question by advising investors to be prepared–to stick to business fundamentals rather than stock market trends when deciding what to buy.” Using the stock screening models he created based on the investment philosophy of Buffett and… Read More

John Neff and Five Picks for the Low P/E Investor

For legendary investor John Neff, who managed Vanguard’s Windsor Fund from 1964 to 1995, a stock’s price-earnings ratio represented a measure of what level of growth investors are expecting a company to achieve in the future. This according to a recent Nasdaq article by Validea CEO John Reese. The expectation factor, writes Reese, “was paramount for Neff, who found that high-flying growth stocks with high P/E’s were very sensitive to any disappointment compared to expectations.”… Read More

Share Buybacks Down Plus Five Picks

Although share buybacks boost earnings-per-share for investors, companies are slowing it down of late, writes Validea CEO John Reese in a recent article for Nasdaq. Reese cites a recent Barron’s article that says: “As with many games, this one has gone on for too long, as companies borrowed heaps of cash not to fund future growth, but to reduce their share count even further.” One reason for the slowdown, Reese says, is that share valuations… Read More

Buffett and Thorp, and Five Stocks to Consider

 In yesterday’s Forbes, Validea CEO John Reese profiles the mathematician and author Edward Thorp, describing him as “masterful at integrating his vast knowledge of probability and statistics into the world of investing.” In the article, Reese highlights how Thorp shared Warren Buffett’s penchant for gathering and using data to unveil market opportunities in the form of mispriced equities. Using the stock screening models he created based on the strategies of Buffett and other investing gurus,… Read More

Quant Strategies Are Not Magic

 The flow of funds into the quant investment strategies continues but, like most new ideas, this one doesn’t come without caveats, writes Validea CEO John Reese in a recent Forbes article. Reese argues how quant strategies shouldn’t be considered a magic bullet, but rather a tool to thwart an emotional approach to investing. He underscores the advantage of the type of blended approach used by Validea, and identifies the following picks identified using his stock… Read More

Investment Opportunities in Europe

European equities are back in favor with Investors, who pulled approximately $100 billion from the asset class in 2016, writes Validea CEO John Reese in a recent article for Nasdaq. The article explains that below average performance in oversea stocks over time has led to a big difference in valuations compared to the U.S. market, presenting opportunities for investors. The article also discusses mean reversion and the role it plays in market movements. Reese identifies the… Read More

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… Read More

Stock Picks for the Level-Headed Investor

When buying stocks, it is essential for investors to value process over outcome, says guru James O’Shaughnessy during a recent speaking engagement. This according to a recent Nasdaq article by Validea CEO John Reese. O’Shaughnessy shares a cautionary tale of a client who would knee-jerk when the market rose or dipped, often buying or selling based on emotion rather than on fundamentals. He stresses, writes Reese, how this practice will “get you into trouble, since… Read More

Robo-Investing is Gearing Up

As money managers allocate more resources to quantitative model-building, they are also amping up robo-advising services for clients seeking low cost investment alternatives, writes Validea CEO John Reese in this week’s Forbes. Since many of these strategies are outperforming actively managed funds, writes Reese, they are increasingly attractive to investors. He cites the example of BlackRock, the largest asset manager in the world (overseeing more than $5 trillion in assets), which announced last month that… Read More

Fundamentally Strong Picks for the Contrarian Investor

The Citigroup Economic Surprise Index, which measures how current economic data is comparing to expectations, is on the rise along with investor confidence regarding the expanding economy, writes Validea CEO John Reese in a recent article for Forbes. Historically, however, markets perform best not during times of economic expansion, but rather when the economy is improving despite lower expectations, writes Reese. When things are going relatively well, he argues, “forecasters tend to extrapolate forward using… Read More