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  • Momentum stocks collapse as Nasdaq posts worst loss since 2011 [View news story]
    Still pretty cheap to hedge QQQ though, despite today's drop: http://bit.ly/1gRlDYk
    Apr 10 06:58 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Revamped Intel Earnings: A Sneak Peek [View article]
    If you're an Intel long, and you're worried that competition from ARM or something else might hammer the stock over the next several months, I just posted an instablog with a couple of ways to hedge it ( http://seekingalpha.co... ).
    Apr 10 03:47 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Building A Hedged Portfolio Around A Genworth Financial Position [View article]
    The site tried it both ways and found that GNW had a higher net expected return when hedged just with the puts.
    Apr 7 03:52 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The fast-food breakfast war intensifies [View news story]
    I went to a local Taco Bell to try their breakfast yesterday. Got there at 6:30am and they said they didn't start serving breakfast until 7am. So I went to McDonald's which was open for breakfast at that time.
    Apr 4 10:46 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Protecting Your Equity Portfolio For Less - Part I [View article]
    The CREE example I linked to above is also an example of an optimal static hedge.
    Apr 2 10:07 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Protecting Your Equity Portfolio For Less - Part I [View article]
    If you use optimal static hedges, you won't need to monitor your portfolio daily.
    Apr 2 09:03 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Alloy Steel Shares Spike 80% Thursday But Still Have A Bargain Basement Valuation [View article]
    It was in an annual report, but here's a link to Brody's website: http://bit.ly/P5WLGe
    Mar 30 02:45 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Sellers winning the day with Netflix [View news story]
    Here's a look at a hedge that would have softened the blow for NFLX shareholders today: http://seekingalpha.co...
    Mar 24 09:32 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Investing Alongside Carl Icahn While Limiting Your Downside Risk [View article]
    Here's a look at how the Netflix hedge in this portfolio would have softened the blow for NFLX shareholders today: http://seekingalpha.co...
    Mar 24 09:05 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Building A Hedged Portfolio Around A SolarCity Position [View article]
    Your first question is anticipated and answered in the article, in the paragraph titled, "Why These Additional Securities?".

    The company-specific risk of SCTY is hedged via the collar shown under the paragraph titled "Each Security Is Hedged".

    If your only goal was to hedge SCTY, that collar would have been sufficient. But the premise of the article was that we didn't just want to hedge SCTY, but to build a hedged portfolio around it.
    Mar 14 03:28 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • A Lower Risk Way To Invest In Utility Stocks [View article]
    Sure, but "using only the XLU ETF and then hedging against it" is not what this article describes. In the example in this article, we used XLU's top ten holdings as a starting point, and included the stocks that had positive expected returns. You could use the same general process we described above, while using your own analysis to be more selective about which stocks to include.
    Mar 14 03:24 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Don't Judge Berkshire Hathaway By Its Book Value Cover [View article]
    Not if you're hedged. I just wrote an article about how to build a hedged portfolio starting with BRK and its top publicly-traded holdings: http://seekingalpha.co...
    Mar 13 12:34 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Don't Judge Berkshire Hathaway By Its Book Value Cover [View article]
    Because it's comparing apples and oranges, growth in book value of Berkshire Hathaway to price performance of the S&P 500. It would be more consistent to compare the growth in book value of one to the other.

    "Was Buffett "destroying shareholder value" when the stock lost 40% in 1999"

    See the first clause of the first sentence of initial my comment, and look up the definition of "risible" if you need to.
    Mar 13 12:32 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Don't Judge Berkshire Hathaway By Its Book Value Cover [View article]
    BRK's size also limits the universe of publicly-traded stocks it can invest in.
    Mar 12 05:53 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Don't Judge Berkshire Hathaway By Its Book Value Cover [View article]
    The part about Buffett "destroying value" is a bit risible, but I think Wagner has a point about the oddness of comparing the growth in Berkshire's book value to the price performance of the S&P 500.
    Mar 12 04:36 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
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