Top Stock Picker Follows Graham and Dodd

“For the second consecutive year, the top stock picker is a practitioner of the valuation model introduced in the 1930s by Columbia University professors Benjamin Graham and David Dodd,” writes Bloomberg’s Matthew Winkler. That stock picker is J. David Wagner, vice president of Baltimore-based T. Rowe Price Group and manager of the T. Rowe Price Small-Cap Value Fund, which returned 30 percent last year (more than double that of the S&P 500): Winkler writes, “Wagner’s… Read More

Greenblatt’s Magic Formula-Worthy Picks

Most investors lack patience and don’t understand underperformance, which motivates them to abandon funds when performance dips—precisely the time they shouldn’t, says Joel Greenblatt, co-founder of Gotham Asset Management. In a recent Forbes article, Validea CEO John Reese explains the fundamentals of Greenblatt’s “Magic Formula,” which uses return-on-capital and earnings yield to identify good companies selling for bargain prices. Reese identified the top ten Magic Formula picks and, including the following four that also earn… Read More

A Contrarian View May Be in Order

The seven-year-old bull market that started in the aftermath of the financial crisis could be facing a shift over the next five years, says Validea CEO John Reese in last week’s Globe and Mail. Reese suggests that such a shift could include a resurgence of emerging markets and trends favoring cyclical, value and small cap stocks over defensive, growth and large cap names. “Investors appear to be betting that economic growth has the potential to… Read More

Benjamin Graham Inspired Picks

In his book The Intelligent Investor, the “Father of Value Investing” (and Warren Buffett’s mentor) drives home the importance of evaluating a business’s fundamentals before investing. In a recent article for Forbes, Validea CEO John Reese explains the metrics he used  to create his Graham-inspired stock screening model and offers the following high-scoring picks: Genesco (GCO) is a retailer and wholesaler of footwear, apparel and accessories that earns high marks for its solid revenue base,… Read More

Investing Principles Part II: Identifying Value in Earnings

This section of the Tweedy Browne publication What Has Worked In Investing referenced in yesterday’s blog describes the investment approach related to low price in relation to earnings. Legendary value investor Benjamin Graham’s focused on what he called the “margin of safety” (the difference between a stock’s price and the company’s underlying value) and gravitated toward stocks that had price-earnings ratios below 15. The Tweedy publication references a study that tested Graham’s criteria on stocks… Read More

Investing Principles Part I: Identifying Value based on Assets

This describes the first investment approach outlined in the Tweedy Browne Company publication entitled What Has Worked In Investing referenced in yesterday’s blog post. The net current assets approach was developed and tested by Benjamin Graham between 1930 and 1932 and is described by Tweedy as the “oldest approach to investment in groups of securities with common selection characteristics of which we are aware.”  The technique involves identifying and purchasing those stocks which are “priced at… Read More

Investing Principles: What Has Worked

For the next several weeks, our daily blogs will include information from a 1992 publication by the investment firm Tweedy, Browne Company LLC entitled What Has Worked in Investing: Studies of Investment Approaches and Characteristics Associated with Exceptional Returns. The booklet includes data from over fifty studies of share performance woven together with insights based on the firm’s five plus decades of industry experience as to which stock characteristics have provided the best returns over… Read More

Blending Strategies to Reduce Volatility and Boost Results

No single investment strategy ensures success and, as we have emphasized time and again, zig-zagging from one to another is a futile (and often costly) exercise. In a recent article for Nasdaq, Validea CEO John Reese explains how combining different investment methodologies can reduce overall volatility in a portfolio and lead to improved long-term results. Since inception (in 2003), Validea’s Momentum Investor portfolio has returned 192.2% and our Value Investor portfolio has returned 238.3% (outperforming… Read More

Bargain Shopping in Europe

When considering shopping for “cheap” stocks that have emerged post-Brexit, keep in mind that this group of stocks has offered bargains for quite some time. In a recent article for Forbes, John Reese, CEO of Validea, explains that while investing overseas may seem smart due to the current political and economic turmoil, investors may be better served by focusing on company-specific financials and fundamentals. Here are five European stocks that get high marks according to… Read More

Greenblatt’s Magic + 5 Value Stocks that Make the Cut

Hedge fund manager Joel Greenblatt, author of The Little Book that Beats the Market, uses what he calls a “magic formula” to earn returns that outperform the market. In a recent article for TheStreet.com, John Reese, CEO of Validea, explains Greenblatt’s strategy of focusing on return-on-capital and earnings yield to find “good companies at bargain prices.” But this straightforward, seemingly simple strategy is no magic bullet. It is based on a long-term view (3 to… Read More