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Follow me on Twitter: @NewConstructs David is CEO of New Constructs (, an independent research firm that leverages proprietary technology to find key insights from the Financial Footnotes of 10Ks and 10Qs. Having analyzed over 70,000 annual reports and their Financial... More
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The Diligence Institute
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The Valuation Handbook
  • February's Most DANGEROUS Stocks Available To The Public

    New Constructs released February's Most Dangerous Stocks report to the public today.

    All Most Dangerous Stocks reports published in November or earlier are now free. Access here.

    Most Dangerous Stocks have misleading earnings, which means reported earnings are rising while true economic earnings are declining.

    Feb 12 11:41 AM | Link | 2 Comments
  • February's Most Attractive Stocks Available To The Public Today

    New Constructs released February's Most Attractive Stocks report to the public today.

    All Most Attractive Stocks reports published in November or earlier are now free. Access here.

    The Most Attractive Stocks (+3.2%) outperformed the S&P 500 (+2.5%) last month.
    Most Attractive Stocks have high and rising returns on capital (ROIC) and low market expectations for future profits.

    Feb 12 11:40 AM | Link | Comment!
  • Investing Vs Speculating
    Investing vs Speculating

    The difference between Investing and Speculating is much larger than Wall Street would have you believe. In fact, they could not be too more different activities. Speculating is gambling. Investing is intelligent decision-making.

    Below are some excellent definitions of a Speculator and an Investor taken from Ben Graham and John Maynard Keynes.


    "If you are a speculator, your decision to buy or sell is based on what you believe about the near-term direction of price." - Ben Graham

    "…speculation is the activity of forecasting the psychology of the market." - John Maynard Keynes


    "If you are an investor, your decision to buy and sell is based on the underlying economics of the stock you own." - Ben Graham

    "Investing is an activity of forecasting the yield on assets over the life of the asset…" - John Maynard Keynes

    Now - think about what kind of activity you are encouraged to engage in when you watch CNBC (especially the commercials) or read most research reports. Even worse, think about what an E*Trade advertisement suggests ~ "in your spare time, you are able to outperform professional investors, most of whom spend million of dollars and work 60 hours a week on nothing but analyzing stocks."

    Of course, they want you to speculate…because they make money whether you buy or sell. They want volume and are happy if you buy today and sell tomorrow - again and again. Volume generates commissions. Commissions cost you and lower investment returns. Ergo, your broker's interests are often not aligned with your best interests.

    Feb 12 11:36 AM | Link | 1 Comment
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