Wide Moat Investing (http://widemoatinvesting.wordpress.com/) is a blog written from Charlottesville, Virginia that wants to better understand what makes a good business great, and hopefully uncover some investment opportunities along the way. As Warren Buffett once told his shareholders, “I don’t want an easy business for competitors. I want a business with a moat around it. I want a very valuable castle in the middle and then I want a duke who is in charge of that castle to be very honest and hardworking and able. Then I want a moat around that castle. The moat can be various things: The moat around our auto insurance business, GEICO, is low cost.”At the blog, we will analyze and value businesses particularly by examining their economic "moats." To do so, we will employ a variety of quantitative or qualitative methods, inspired by the methods of successful investors like Warren Buffett, Philip Fisher, Benjamin Graham, Seth Klarman, and Charlie Munger.
I am an engineer presently living in Bangkok, Thailand. I started active investing in 2004.
I am primarily a fundamental value-focused, buy-and-hold investor. I love mostly companies who are #1 in their industry with a wide moat and have been paying dividends for at least 30years (read MSFT, XOM, GE, GOOG etc).
The first consideration of my strategy is "safety of the principal" therefore I am keenly focused on the balance sheet looking for relatively low debt/equity ratios and make entries when I see the screaming buys if the situation is priced at good discount to readily ascertainable book value. Generally, I take ideas from the likes of Martin Whitman, John Bogle, Mohnish Pabrai and Kenneth Fisher but I also use short-term trading strategies especially when I find low-risk, what I call "low-hanging fruits" during market pullbacks.
My particular area of expertise is in the energy sector so I have my favourite holdings among the oil services' stocks.
My equities investment and trading experience is conducted solely on the US market as it is the most sophisticated in the world.
I am a partner in Hong Kong based GFM Group that provides investment research to professional investors and capital markets training to finance professionals.
I also manage a private investment firm called Lexington Wall Partners that invests in value and special situation opportunities globally.
I have nearly 20 years of experience in finance, having held capital markets and corporate finance positions in New York, London and Hong Kong. I hold two masters degrees in finance from London Business School and Asian Institute of Management / McGill University.
I am a believer in value and special situations investing. I am a bottom up investor, and tend to look for "low risk, high optionality" type of opportunities. For me, risk is permanent loss of capital, not volatility or temporary drawdowns. I also tend to gravitate towards moderate concentration with 15-20 positions. I avoid margin leverage, try to keep my turnover below 15%, and express my positions through stocks, bonds or listed options.
My edge comes from three sources.
a) Having an investment holding horizon of around 5 years, which gives me the benefit of lower investor competition.
b) Deploying unleveraged sticky capital which gives me enormous staying power and an edge over mutual and hedge funds who manage shorter term capital in general.
c) My ability to deploy both my corporate finance and trading experience in evaluating an opportunity, which sometimes enables me to find obvious mispricing.
I believe that investing successfully is like running a marathon. Its a result of hard work, Charlie Munger's "worldly wisdom" and luck. Its a discipline where experience is cumulative - I make better decisions than I used to, my learnings from the past strengthens my current research.
My heros are investors like Joel Greenblatt, Mohnish Pabrai, Marty Whitman, Charlie Munger and of course, Warren Buffett. I admire not just their investment acumen but also their generosity in educating the world in the craft of prudent investing.
My LinkedIn profile is hk.linkedin.com/pub/anand-batepati/0/558/736/