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Thoughts about the market

by Vitaliy Katsenelson
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Some thoughts about the market.  In today’s market you see some unbelievable opportunities.  For the first time, in a long, long time, we can actually put a full portfolio together…

Some thoughts about the market.  In today’s market you see some unbelievable opportunities.  For the first time, in a long, long time, we can actually put a full portfolio together where we don’t have to compromise on Quality, Valuation or Growth (QVG) when we pick stocks (please, please, please NOT! a solicitation).  Until recently we had a large cash balance as we could not find enough stocks that met all the QVG criteria.  So, on the positive side, it is a stock picking heaven for value investors.  On the negative side, unless you had cash going into this debacle you have to sell one declined stock to buy another that has declined more. 

I was quoted this weekend in Rocky Mountain News and Denver Post.

In the Rocky Mountain News article that discusses mark-to-market accounting, I suggest a “compromise”.  My “compromise” was to put both market-to-market and mark-to-model disclosures in footnotes.  This may not help the banks as according to current rules they’d still have to mark down their assets to mark-to-market.  But my understanding is that insurance companies are regulated on state level and many states do allow the mark-to-model treatment.   The truth is somewhere in the middle but maybe this would shore up investors’ confidence and make analysis somewhat easier.

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