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  • A High Income, Lower Risk CEF Portfolio For Retirees [View article]
    Thanks for compiling this information in this article, I'm a big fan of CEF's, though I mostly trade them in Canada, once I build an American portfolio I'll likley start with CEF's.
    Jul 24 01:35 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Netflix: 8 Massive Warning Signs [View article]
    People that professionally short the market are typically better investors, since you need an iron stomach with the ability to lose more than 100% of your investment.

    In other words you need to be 110% sure that your hypothesis is correct, and you should be better at rationalizing it than the majority of the market.

    Reading short articles is the best way to spot stocks to avoid (and the rationalization and metrics to watch in current holdings to make sure they are still good investments).

    Calling out shorts as casino gamblers vastly underestimates the time, research and knowledge required to successfully navigate the world of shorting stocks, and the valuable role they play in long investors research.

    Anyone who is long a stock with a well-reasoned short case as strong as Netflix should have an answer for every criticism, a personal justification for the weaknesses pointed out. Anyone who cannot should not be long the stock. And anyone unaware of short sellers opinions should not be investing.
    Jul 22 09:00 PM | 5 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Power Financial Corporation: 4.4% Yielding Conglomerate In Canada [View article]
    Fairfax is a closer investment to Berkshire than Power Financial, in my opinion. That's not to indicate Power isn't a great company, but Fairfax is a strong company as well, with a closer business model, with a better financial manager (though they are ruthlessly conservative, which I think is a major plus depending on the type of investor you are).
    Jul 17 12:51 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Macquarie has cut BlackBerry (BBRY -25.2%) to Underperform following its FQ1 miss. Nomura notes EPS would've been -$0.03 rather than -$0.13 if not for one-time items, but this is still below a $0.07 consensus. Guidance for an FQ2 operating loss suggests FQ2 EPS will be below a $0.12 consensus. Thorsten Heins stated on the earnings call the PlayBook won't receive a BB10 upgrade. Service revenue -16% Q/Q, would've been -9% if not for Venezuelan currency issues. Inventories +$284M Q/Q to $887M; North America was 24.8% of revenue, EMEA 43.7%, Latin America 14.6% (hurt by Venezuela), and Asia-Pac 16.9%. Subscriber data won't be given going forward. The Q5 is said to have a relatively low margin. (previous[View news story]
    I think Blackberry was trying to place BB10 onto the existing Playbook infrastructure, and it didn't perform properly.... They decided that they are going to invest into their phones first, then worry about an updated Playbook at a later date once they've turned the company around.

    The Playbook is still a potential high-secure tablet, like BB's phones represent now, it's just not feasable to pour money into an updated tablet when the phone segment is higher-margin, and more necessary to keep the company a float.
    Jun 28 01:57 PM | 5 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Global Partners: A Cheap, Mundane 'Utility Like' High Yielder [View article]
    Really interesting, thanks for the article! These "boring" businesses are truly some of the best to build portfolios around for long term success.
    Jun 14 03:51 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Yields Of 10%+: Market Insanity Leads To Huge Opportunity [View article]
    This really helps put this move into perspective. It's hard since I live in Canada, to really get a handle on why these large moves are hampering these relatively strong companies in the US. It's comforting to hear that this is largely due to move the Feds are making, rather than something that will materially affect the stocks involved.

    I also like that you spell out how much they will actually be hurt in certain cases, to help straighten out exactly how much risk is actually involved. I happen to agree that it's unlikley the Fed will make drastic moves anytime soon.
    Jun 4 01:24 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Kinder Morgan Management: Have Your Cake And Eat It Too [View article]
    I really like this company, and this stock is a fantastic one, I live in Canada so an option like this makes a lot of sense.
    May 29 01:36 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Utility Investors Should Focus On ROIC, Not Dividend Yield - Part I: DJU Index's Best [View article]
    Awesome article, I am thinking of applying these to the Canadian market to try and pick up the best values (if there is any upside left). It's tough though, with so many other dividend focused investors out there, finding value it tough.
    May 16 02:44 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Mart Resources: A 14% Yield And Big Catalysts [View article]
    Very interesting, I like the small operators that are posted on the Venture exchange, wish I would've found this one sooner though :)
    May 9 01:46 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Uranium's Dirty Little Secret - Investors Take Note [View article]
    UF.UN is a closed end fund that invests in uranium via a Canadian exchange. Has a fairly steep 1.1% MER, but it's focused on Uranium and trades under par. I'm not long yet, but I keep being tempted by uranium, and I'll likley play through UF.UN since I can't buy enough holdings to get all the players I want.
    May 5 10:20 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • You May Have Little To Lose And Much To Gain By 'Selling In May' [View article]
    It's so hard to say, I was convinced we were too high a month ago, sold about half my portfolio... Then watched as it started going up again after only declining for a couple weeks or so... I was so taken aback I decided to re-align my portfolio to make it fully invested again, but less risky.

    Now I'm staring as the market conitnues to climb higher while my portoflio follows (at about half the pace). I decided to sell another position that I realized was innappropraite for me and now I have no idea what to do... Sell more? Buy more safe investments? Buy riskier ones? Sit on a portion of cash and hang on tight?

    Mr. Market confuses me sometimes. I feel like this charge higher will keep going even as we all yell for it to hurry up and correct. RRSP season in Canada is over and the correction was so small I hardly noticed it (~5%)... I don't know what's going on anymore...
    May 3 02:48 PM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • American Capital Agency Corp. Reports $(1.57) Comprehensive Loss Per Common Share And $28.93 Net Book Value Per Common Share [View article]
    They are going down temporarily.
    May 2 10:54 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Solazyme Brings Innovative Solutions To Sustainable Food [View article]
    No to mention erosion and declining water quality... And Global Warming of course.
    Apr 29 03:58 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • ConocoPhillips Is Back On Track For Growth [View article]
    Good to see this summary and management's expectations of an inflection point, I like the strategy as well. I might be a little heavy into oil and gas producers, but a 4.5% yield for a major is enticing. Don't see that kind of yield often from majors in NA.
    Apr 27 03:03 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Buying American Oil Cheap From Canadian Companies [View article]
    Thanks for the article, I'm a huge fan of Canadian oil and gas producers.
    Apr 25 12:14 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment