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  • QuickLogic: A Venture Capital-Style Opportunity For Public Market Investors [View article]
    Good summary of company. I would say, however, this is more of a restructuring opportunity than a venture capital situation.
    May 13, 2015. 10:19 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • EnPro: Unconsolidated Subsidiary A Hidden Asset [View article]
    Good research, thanks for the article.

    Based on your work, are you comfortable that all asbestos liability has been firewalled within Garlock (and Garrison) and there are no contingent liabilities for the parent?
    Jan 14, 2015. 10:13 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Oaktree: Sum-Of-The-Parts And Secular Tailwinds Point To Undervalued Units [View article]
    Very thorough article, thanks for sharing.

    One additional point about OAK--they target having no Unrelated Business Taxable Income for their units. This allows tax deferred accounts (IRAs, etc) access to the units while minimizing fears about an individual UTBI tax.
    Nov 5, 2014. 11:00 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • The Elephant(s) In The Room In GoPro's Business [View article]
    Very well-done, detailed article.

    Agree with the limitations on the market. There are many sports and activities where an action camera has limited appeal. All of my activities (gym, basketball, volleyball) are either inappropriate for a GoPro, or are simply boring in replay.
    Oct 25, 2014. 05:41 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Make 70% A Year With Math [View article]
    It's amazing to me how many contributors on SA have a proven methodology (bespoke or otherwise) for generating vast returns and are willing to share it essentially for free.

    If I could produce a 70% return, I wouldn't be sharing it with the world. I would be think deep thoughts such as which private jet to buy...
    May 31, 2014. 04:27 PM | 5 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple Outguns Intel? Bay Trail Not Selling? I Think Not [View article]

    Thanks for your article.

    I ran Geekbench on my i5 Sandy Bridge (2320, 2.99 Ghz) and came up 2703 single/8407 multi. This is almost identical to your results on a processor 2 generations newer (both tests 32bit). So, my question; is Geekbench relevant?
    Mar 2, 2014. 01:41 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Two $4 Energy Plays On The Move [View article]
    Good point. California is the #4 oil producer in the US, but receives almost no press.
    Feb 16, 2014. 04:16 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Two $4 Energy Plays On The Move [View article]
    Bret, nice article, thanks for identifying these companies.

    Two questions on Warren. What is the relationship with Oxy and how is this positive for the company? Also, I was under the impression that most shale opportunities in CA are in the Monterey Shale formation which is primarily in the San Joaquin valley which is not particularly close to Wilmington. What is the play here? Does Warren have particular expertise in shale/horizontal drilling operations?

    Thanks for your work.
    Feb 15, 2014. 07:04 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • How I Can Explain 96% Of Your Portfolio's Returns, Part 2 [View article]
    To follow on with ilanfl's comment. Although volatility means little to you, I am a bit more nervous and would choose the less volatile path assuming an equal return. If the events of 2008 are the financial market equivalent of the 100 year storm, can the actual rarity of that type of event be forecast?

    Thanks for the article.
    Jan 29, 2014. 04:55 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • ETF Spotlight: Raymond James 'Strong Buy' ETF [View article]
    This is an easy-to-understand strategy and it is also easy to implement. The 75bp fee should make this a juicy deal for RJ.
    Oct 24, 2013. 12:30 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Nothing Is Simple, Especially Mortgage REITs [View article]

    Thanks for the article.

    Occam's Razor should never be cited in the same article with mREITs. There is nothing simple about the business. Even your "nuts and bolts" explanation ignores a huge discussion of CPR which dramatically impacts the book value of the firms. In certain situations, prepayment rate is a much larger component of return than the interest spread.

    As the fed tapers, it will squeeze the margin, but reduce refis (long term) which changes the value of the portfolio. The net of this is very hard to calculate for any given mREIT as it is impacted by the nature of the mortgages owned, hedging, pool structure, bid/ask, etc.

    Agree with your thesis that these should not be lumped into the same basket as traditional REITs.
    Oct 14, 2013. 12:14 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Building A Winning Growth Stocks Portfolio [View article]
    Great screen and research. How would the comparison look between the screen and S&P measured from June/July 2011? The screen had a greater percentage decline from in September and it is hard to tell by eyeball if it currently exceeds the S&P.
    Oct 14, 2013. 11:43 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Airline Pricing Power And The DOJ's Case [View article]
    Vaughn, great article, thanks for sharing. The DOJ action was a bit surprising--what's your sense of the political pressures involved here?
    Sep 6, 2013. 09:54 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Bears Attack Kinder Morgan [View article]
    Good article, Albert.

    For those calling for an investigation into Hedgeye, chill. They are careful to not be libelous and everything else they say is protected by the constitution (just like SA). They are lately focusing on companies with unusual complexity, either through their corporate structure or reporting (Kinder and Linn). Only a few people really understand and can evaluate these firms, so it is easy to raise the red flag. Doesn't mean Hedgeye is correct, but their paying clients can profit from the confusion.
    Sep 5, 2013. 01:42 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The Leveraged Buyout Of America [View article]
    This is a very long plug for the author's book and blog.
    Aug 27, 2013. 01:12 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment