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

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

Columbia’s Bruce Greenwald on Value Investing

When Columbia professor Bruce Greenwald first arrived at the university, value investing wasn’t terribly popular, but he was convinced it was a much better approach. This according to a recent interview with Barron’s. Here are some highlights from the interview: “Specialization is an old and honorable Graham and Dodd tradition.” Greenwald references successful value investor Mario Gabelli, arguing how his specialties have served him well. “When you start out,” he says, “you want to have an… Read More

Francis Chou is a Patient Investor

Regarded as one of the savviest value investors in the world, says a recent article in Canadian Business, Francis Chou thinks the market is overpriced right now, but will come down–and he’s willing to wait. The article notes Chou’s early career as a Bell telephone technician (1979) during which time he became fascinated by the idea of value investing. Since then, the article says, Chou claims he’s been “doubling his money about every five and… Read More

Why Value Investors Need “Mental Toughness”  

At the end of the Super Bowl, a jubilant Tom Brady attributed the Patriot’s win to the “mental toughness” the team had demonstrated all year–which, no doubt, came in handy when they entered the fourth quarter trailing the Falcons by ten points. Unless we’re talking about basis points, things would be pretty dismal for any investor entering the fourth quarter down by ten. But the idea of mental toughness applies to investing as well as… Read More

Greenblatt on Gotham’s New Fund

Guru investor Joel Greenblatt—Columbia University professor and co-founder of Gotham Asset Management–has consistently made a strong case for value investing and created a series of hedge funds and mutual funds that would go long cheap stocks and short expensive stocks. However, in a recent interview with Barron’s, Greenblatt explains how underperformance and investor frustration led his firm to launch an index fund (Gotham Index Plus), which has been outperforming the S&P 500. The reason? Investors… Read More

Is Value Investing Getting Short-Changed?

A report published last month by investment management firm Research Affiliates, LLC addresses the question of why value investing (a smart-beta strategy using value indicators such as CAPE or price-earnings ratios) has “fallen out of favor in institutional portfolios,” according to an article in Chief Investment Officer. The authors of the report argue that value investing is increasingly overlooked and that the “average” portfolio’s stock and bond holdings are comprised of 60% buy-and-hold in the… Read More

Investing Principles Part IV: Buying Stocks That Have Declined in Price

As our discussion of the Tweedy Browne publication What Has Worked In Investing continues, we’re going to look at the strategy of investing in poorly performing stocks both domestically and globally. The concept of value investing lives at the core of our stock screening strategies inspired by gurus Benjamin Graham, David Dreman, John Neff and Warren Buffett (who subscribes to the notion that “Price is what you pay; value is what you get.”). Each of… Read More

John Neff: Bargain Hunter

Unloved but promising stocks were just the ticket for Investment guru John Neff. While managing the Windsor Fund for more than 30 years, his conservative approach earned an average 13.7% annual return and beat the market by an average of 3.1% per year. In his article for TheStreet.com this week,  Validea CEO John Reese describes this Low P/E Investor’s philosophy and offers some fundamentally solid stock picks. Scripps Networks Interactive, Inc. (SNI) is a developer… Read More