Where have all the Star Stock Pickers Gone?

By John Reese (@guruinvestor) —  The days of the star stock picker are largely gone, but aspects of their investment genius live on in other ways. In the mid to late 90s, the Fidelity Magellan fund was the largest mutual fund in existence. Run for years by the legendary Peter Lynch—during which time the fund’s return doubled that of the market– the fund went from $14 million in assets to $40 billion by the time… Read More

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… 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

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… Read More

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… Read More

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… Read More

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… Read More

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… Read More

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… Read More

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.… Read More