private value investor from Europe/Germany. Looking for tax efficient long term investments in Europe and US beating the market. Thus likes insurance holdings.
Influenced by annual reports, shareholder letters (BRK, MKL etc.), Greenblatt, Siegel, O'Shaugnessy, Fisher, Buffett, Spier, Montier, Graham, Levermann, Browne, Thorp, Hagstrom, Pabrai, Antonacci
I am a private investor with a value orientation. By that, I mean I like to buy great companies at prices lower than their intrinsic values. Great companies are ones that produce consistent positive cash flows and will continue to do that for the foreseeable future due to things like strong brands, sustainable competitive advantages, long-term customer contracts, etc. Low prices means things like low price to book (below 1x) or low price to cash flow (below 6x). Sometimes I will pay a bit more for a great company or sometimes I will buy a mediocre company if it is trading very cheap. I like dividend-paying stocks but it's not a show-stopper if they don't pay a dividend.
I am a big fan of some of the great value investors of all time such as Warren Buffett, Prem Watsa, John Templeton, Peter Cundill, Charles Brandes, Francis Chou, etc. I allocate a significant portion of my portfolio to these guys as I am not arrogant enough to believe that I can outperform them on my own. However, I do manage 20 - 30% of my portfolio on my own through individual stock picking.
I have an undergraduate degree in Mathematics and a masters degree in Finance. I read a lot about investing and would consider it one of my main passions. I also like sports and travelling. I own a billboard advertising company that I started in 2003, which is my main source of income.
In investing, I have a heavy focus on reinsurance companies, and I enjoy learning how to value their investment portfolio and underwriting ability, taking inspiration from the reinsurance companies that Warren Buffett used to help build Berkshire Hathaway's investing empire. The other focused sector that I study is deepwater offshore petroleum drilling.