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Good Companies Don’t Always Make Good Stocks

I was recently going through a new client’s portfolio and found it full of the likes of Coca-Cola, Kimberly-Clark and Campbell Soup — what I call (pseudo) bond substitutes. Each one is a stable and mature company. Your mother-in-law would be proud if you worked for any one of them. They have had a fabulous […]

The Pharma Stocks We’re Buying Now

Last week I explained why my firm is investing in pharmaceuticals stocks, despite the sector being a favorite punching bag of politicians. I noted that we have recently added to our existing positions in Amgen, Allergan, and Gilead Sciences, and I promised that I would unveil two new positions this week. Drumroll, please: Mylan Pharmaceuticals […]

Apple vs Coke

Great Stock = Great Company + Great Valuation (Apple vs Coke) Valuation – margin of safety (discount to fair value) – solves a lot of global problems.  Let’s take Apple as an example. Today Apple is mostly an iPhone company: two-thirds of its profits come from that product.  In 2014 it sold 169 million iPhones, […]

The Values of Value Investing

Listen on: iTunes | Google Podcasts | Online This article has been in the works since last November. It started out as a speech I gave to the Swiss CFA Society. To me it is an important framework for understanding value investing. I think the rise of the consulting industry, armed with cheap computing power and an abundance of stock-specific […]

Investing Books For The Stockings 2008

 In crazy times like today, all one could and actually should ask for is sanity. Yes, sanity–a clear mind free of noise to deal with the insanity that is thrust upon us by a volatile and noise-making machine also known as the stock market. We find ourselves glued to the computer screens or CNBC waiting […]

Good Company vs. Good Stock

This is an excerpt from a comment I read on Daily Speculation. It is such a common misperception that I had to write a response: “Great stocks [Google, Apple] are to be owned. Companies who dominate their space are to be kept and allowed to grow. Those who have built fantastic franchise names should be […]