Upfront Disclosure: I am long SWS. The views expressed in this article are purely my own. Please do your own research.
One skill that I think every great investor has is pattern recognition. Great investors have a tremendous knowledge bank to draw upon, and when they see a new situation they are often able to draw upon parallels to a similar situation they saw earlier in their career to anticipate how the current scenario will play out. For example, I've made no secret that my favorite book on investing is you can be a stock market genius. The book contains tons and tons of patterns that most value investors today have made staples of their "playbooks," including the spin-off pattern...
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