Winters: “It’s a Great Time to Be a Value Investor”

Top fund manager David Winters says it’s a “great time to be a value investor”. Winters tells Bloomberg that “I think there’s a lot to do today because people are so negative. It’s a great time to be a value investor.” One area where he’s finding a lot of value: Switzerland. Winters also talks about his broader investment philosophy, which involves looking for businesses that have improving economics, a cheap share price, and management working for… Read More

Tilson & Heins on Staying Disciplined

Warren Buffett has said that investing is simple, but it’s not easy, and in their latest Kiplinger’s column, value investors Whitney Tilson and John Heins explore that subject. “In The Little Book That Beats the Market, published in 2005, star money manager Joel Greenblatt describes a ‘magic formula’ for success that ranks stocks based on only two factors: share price relative to a firm’s earnings and return on capital,” Tilson and Heins write. “After reading… Read More

Why Bad News Can Be Good News

Many investors run from a stock when it makes short-term negative headlines. But in this recent interview with Bloomberg about News Corp., one of his biggest holdings, top fund manager Donald Yacktman offers an interesting take on how a value investor like himself deals with short-term bad news. In the case of News Corp., for example, Yacktman says recent events have generated bad publicity, but haven’t had that big of an impact on the firm’s… Read More

Winters Finding Value Around The Globe

Top value manager David Winters says he sees a bright future for the world, and sees “lots of undervalued securities” right now. He also says a key, overlooked economic indicator — rail car loadings — is giving bullish signals, and discusses some stocks he’s keen on. [youtube= http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ArzkVb-Iivk]

Value Stocks: They’re Riskier Than You Think

This interesting Wall Street Journal article points out that value stocks, or value investing strategies, have been some of the hardest hit during this bear market and often times underperform during recessions. According to the author, “since the market peak in October 2007, an iShares exchange-traded fund designed to mimic value stocks in the S&P 500 is down some 56%, compared with 53% for the S&P 500 itself. The iShares ETF that mimics “growth” stocks… Read More

Dreman on Why to Buy Bank Stocks, and How the Credit Crisis has Hurt Value Investors

Showing the contrarian bent that made him one of the most successful investors of all time, David Dreman says it’s time for investors to jump into banking stocks. “They will come back at some point. It’s essential to the economy,” Dreman tells Q1 Publishing. “We need a banking system we’re confident in. We can’t work without a banking system. We can patch it up for a while and the government will probably take some stake… Read More

What Does It Mean to be a Value Investor?

In a piece written for Forbes.com’s “Gurus’ Guide to 2009“, John Heins and Whitney Tilson do a great job in examining just what makes an investor a value investor. While value investors come in all shapes and sizes — large-cap, small-cap, activist, non-activist, U.S.-focused, foreign-focused — Heins and Tilson list 12 similarities they share. A sampling: They focus on intrinsic company value and buy only when there is a substantial margin of safety, rather than… Read More

Ben Graham Portfolio at Top of The Charts

I always find it interesting to look at the guru portfolios I run on Validea, and ask the question “what is working” now? Over the last month, in a period where the S&P is up 0.4%, 11 out of Validea’s 13 portfolios have outperformed. The best performer is my Ben Graham strategy, up 9.4%. Incidentally, the Graham portfolio is also the best long term performer (up 89.3 percent vs. -12.9% for the S&P since July… Read More

Buffett’s “Timeless” Predictions

CNBC.com outlines eight timeless predictions by Warren Buffett on its Warren Buffett Watch blog. While CNBC labels these as predictions, we tend to think of these more like lessons that Buffett offers up to long-term stock market investors. After a year like 2008, Buffett’s lessons provide some perspective on dealing with recessions, bear markets and investor psychology. 1. Recessions can’t be avoided forever. 2. We’ll survive current and future recessions just as we’ve survived past… Read More