Jacob L. Taylor and Lonnie J. Rush are visiting instructors at the UC Davis Graduate School of Management where they teach Value Investing. They founded Farnam Street Investments, a boutique investment firm modeled after Warren Buffett’s successful 1950’s partnerships. FSI offers a hedge fund that gives sophisticated, high net worth investors the opportunity join an emerging Buffett-like partnership. They differentiate themselves by applying Mr. Buffett’s criteria to every stock in the known universe, with a special focus on smaller cap stocks. Like Mr. Buffett started with “A” in the Moody’s manual all those years ago, they spend their time scouring the globe for high-quality businesses that are selling for unreasonable prices. They welcome being contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I am an Israeli citizen- certified as an attorney at law and a portfolio manager. Today I have the privelige to "work" in the field I am passionate about- investing. My mission is to teach and apply value investing in Israel. I am inclined to quantative and empirically based value investing in small cap stocks. At our firm, Quantum Capital Markets, in Petach Tikva, Israel, I apply these strategies to my customers accounts -SMA, IRA and Pension funds. My investment gurus are Warren Buffett, Seth Klarman and Joel Greenblatt. This year I attended the Berkshire Hathaway shareholder meeting for the first time. What an experience! I also dedicate my time to finding the best capital allocaters in the world who can invest with for the long term.
I was a fund manager of European Equities for 10 years at Newton Investment Management in London. I recently founded StockViews.com, a social network that connects investors with analysts and encourages debate around individual stocks. I still keep my hand in the market and contribute both to StockViews and to Seeking Alpha. I also dedicate a large amount of my time to educating investors through StockViews Campus and via a mentorship program for university students. In the fall I will be touring a number of US universities to deliver a series of seminars on investing. You can find out more about me via my blog: http://blog.stockviews.com
I have been researching and investing in stocks and options in my own accounts since 2006. I finished my MBA in 2007 and then worked as the Finance Manager at a start up for 7 years. I'm currently self-employed as an online marketing consultant, but investing is my true passion.
I've found that my skill lies in taking the time to read 10-K and 10-Q reports carefully and being able to then create realistic future projections. As a value investor I tend to look at cash flow as much as if not more than earnings and revenues.
My investment horizon is typically at least 5-10 years, and ideally I place my money into investments which I could see myself holding through retirement. That said, I do also enjoy allocating a small portion of my account to short term options plays.
In our free time, my wife and I love to travel the world. We've each been to over 45 countries and relish the opportunity to see how people live all around the world.
A*L was established in 2010 by Jon Carnes, a growth and value-oriented investor who lived for six years (from 2005 to 2011) in China where he researched and invested in dozens of Chinese companies, first long (2005-2009) and then primarily short (2010-2012). Mr. Carnes outperformed other investors by performing extensive “on the ground” due diligence, conducted by a team of experienced analysts and local researchers. His investment opinions were greatly respected by other China focused fund managers attracted to the booming economy but wary of getting duped.
Over several years of scrutinizing over a hundred companies in every corner of China, Mr. Carnes realized that many of those that had gone public were seriously exaggerating their financial performance in their SEC filings. Investors raced to invest billions into Chinese companies that were dishonest and legally accountable to no one, a recipe for disaster for investors, both large and small.
Deciding to take action, Mr. Carnes decided to publicly expose the most egregious frauds he had discovered over the years, focusing on the worst offenders: companies that had exaggerated their profitability by at least 100%. In February 2010, he published a series of reports titled “Management Leaving Investors Stuck at the Pumps” showing that China Natural Gas (formerly NASDAQ: CHNG) management defrauded investors by failing to disclose and likely misappropriating $20 million from an acquisition of an undisclosed related party.
Unfortunately, when CHNG discovered that Mr. Carnes wrote the reports, its chairman Qinan Ji responded by sending an agent to threaten him where he lived in China. Frightened by Ji’s threat, Mr. Carnes removed the reports from the Internet. From this point onward Mr. Carnes knew that publishing the truth while living in China might get him killed.
Mr. Carnes nevertheless chose to remain in China to continue exposing fraud. Knowing that the safety of his researchers depended upon absolute secrecy and anonymity, he published my reports anonymously online using the obvious pseudonym “Alfred Little.” Beginning with CHNG, over the next two years Mr. Carnes exposed a diverse array of investment fraud committed by a U.S. listed Chinese companies.
After two years, CHNG Chairman Qinan Ji’s effort to conceal his fraud finally failed. On 9/21/11 NASDAQ halted trading of CHNG and on 3/8/12 CHNG was delisted. Most importantly, on 5/14/12 the SEC filed fraud charges against CHNG and its Chairman Qinan Ji.
Two more of the companies that Mr. Carnes first exposed faced the same fate. On 2/22/12 the SEC charged Puda Coal (formerly AMEX: PUDA) Chairman Ming Zhao with fraud, confirming each of the allegations in his 4/8/11 report, “Puda Coal Chairman Secretly Sold Half the Company and Pledged the Other Half to Chinese PE Investors.”
Then on 4/23/12 the SEC charged SinoTech Energy (formerly NASDAQ: CTE) and two of its officers with fraud. On 8/16/11, Mr. Carnes was the first to blow the whistle exposing CTE’s massive fraud in a report titled “SinoTech Energy: Enhanced Oil Recovery or Capital Extraction.” Unlike other numerous smaller “reverse merger” frauds, Sinotech was a $168 million IPO listed on NASDAQ underwritten by UBS and Lazard Capital Markets and audited by Ernst & Young.
Three companies, Deer Consumer Products (“DEER”), Sino Clean Energy (“SCEI”) and Silvercorp Metals (“SVM”) criticized in reports published by A*L sued Mr. Carnes for defamation. The three companies coordinated their legal and retaliatory efforts, both in the U.S., Canada and China to silence Mr. Carnes.
The epic battle that followed ended swiftly in a complete rout. NASDAQ delisted DEER and SCEI. SVM and DEER both lost their defamation claims against Mr. Carnes. SCEI abandoned its defamation claim against Mr. Carnes.
After winning the battle against DEER, SCEI and SVM, A*L emerged with the best track record of any China focused investment blog.
Investor who has concentrated on retail and real estate in the Central Indiana market.A life long interest in business,and the stock market has led me to Seeking Alpha.
Consider myself a jack of all trades(master of nearly nothing)but others believe I am insightful in retail,and the consumer.
Investment Advisor at Niveda Wealt LLP
Niveda Wealth is a private investment partnership that invests in listed financial securities for professional
high-net-worth individuals. It follows a conservative, value-investing approach with a long-term investment horizon.
http://www.wangchukcapital.com As a value investor, I focus on businesses that I understand and trade at low valuations. If I can’t understand the business, I don’t invest. I identify potential investments by conducting my own research and due diligence on companies that investors appear to have become overly pessimistic about. My strategy is to invest in companies that trade at a discount to my estimate of fair value. I focus on deep value micro and nano-cap companies.
Bradd Kern is a private investor who was previously a PM at Armored Wolf for three years. Prior to joining Armored Wolf in 2013, he was an analyst at Mesirow Advanced Strategies, a multi‐billion dollar fund of hedge funds, where he sourced and monitored long/short, distressed, and relative value credit strategies. Previously, Mr. Kern was a credit analyst at PIMCO, focusing on high yield and investment grade issuers in the automotive, transportation, industrial, and captive finance sectors, and generating trade ideas for a long/short equity hedge fund. He holds an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business with concentrations in Analytic Finance, Economics, and Accounting, and an undergraduate degree in Economics from Trinity College.
Value investor focused on finding strong businesses with high ROIC and barriers to entry that generate strong FCF at all times during the business cycle, effective and shareholder-aligned management teams and low Street coverage that are trading at prices well below their intrinsic value. Typically look for misunderstood / special sits names that have a substantial margin of safety, preferably with a catalyst to realize true intrinsic value.
Favorite Quotes aka 'Bull Market Sanity Checks'
"It's only when the tide goes out that you learn who's been swimming naked." - Warren Buffett
“The stock market is filled with individuals who know the price of everything, but the value of nothing” - Phil Fisher
"It takes character to sit there with all that cash and do nothing. I didn’t get to where I am by going after mediocre opportunities." - Charlie Munger
"Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it" - George Santayana
“If you want to shoot rare, fast-moving elephants, you should always carry a loaded gun." - Warren Buffett
"Doing what everyone else is doing at the moment, and therefore what you have an almost irresistible urge to do, is often the wrong thing to do at all." - Phil Fisher
“It is impossible to produce superior performance unless you do something different from the majority.” - John Templeton
"The single greatest edge an investor can have is a long-term orientation." - Seth Klarman
“In the short run, the market is a voting machine, but in the long run it is a weighing machine.” - Ben Graham
"In the world of investing, being correct about something isn't at all synonymous with being proved correct right away." - Howard Marks
"I will tell you how to become rich. Close the doors. Be fearful when others are greedy. Be greedy when others are fearful.” - Warren Buffett
“Bull markets are born on pessimism, grown on skepticism, mature on optimism and die on euphoria. The time of maximum pessimism is the best time to buy, and the time of maximum optimism is the best time to sell.” - John Templeton
"If it’s close, we don’t play.” - Ben Graham
“There can be considerable opportunity as the perception of value pivots from the balance sheet to the income statement.” - J. Carlo Cannell
"Money is made in the dark, not in the light of day. Rejoice in the gloom and fear and consider adding to your investment.” - J. Carlo Cannell
"Our job is to find a few intelligent things to do, not to keep up with every damn thing in the world." - Charlie Munger
"To buy when others are despondently selling and to sell when others are euphorically buying takes the greatest courage, but provides the greatest profit." - John Templeton
"Just because you buy a stock and it goes up does not mean you are right. Just because you buy a stock and it goes down does not mean you are wrong." - Peter Lynch
"Individuals who cannot master their emotions are ill-suited to profit from the investment process." - Ben Graham
"It just seems logical that sticking to investing in only a small number of companies that you understand well, rather than moving down the list to your thirtieth or fiftieth favorite pick, would create a much greater potential to earn above-average investment returns." - Joel Greenblatt
"The most realistic distinction between the investor and the speculator is found in their attitude toward stock-market movements. The speculator's primary interest lies in anticipating and profiting from market fluctuations. The investor's primary interest lies in acquiring and holding suitable securities at suitable prices. Market movements are important to him in a practical sense, because they alternately create low price levels at which he would be wise to buy and high price levels at which he certainly should refrain from buying and probably would be wise to sell." - Ben Graham
Favorite Books (abridged list):
"Margin of Safety: Risk-Averse Value Investing Strategies for the Thoughtful Investor" [out of print] - Seth Klarman
"Financial Shenanigans: How to Detect Accounting Gimmicks & Fraud in Financial Reports" - Howard Schilit
"The Intelligent Investor: The Definitive Book on Value Investing" - Benjamin Graham
"The Most Important Thing: Uncommon Sense for the Thoughtful Investor" - Howard Marks
"Value Investing: From Graham to Buffett And Beyond" - Bruce Greenwald
2010 CFA Level 2 - Book 2 "Financial Statement Analysis" ... just kidding.