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.
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Tariq Dennison is a Hong Kong based author, speaker, advisor and expert on Asia-pacific exchange traded funds (ETFs), enhanced index strategies, and cross-Pacific asset allocation.
I enjoy doing stock analysis and consider myself a value investor. I practice focus investing, and only hold a few stocks at a time (sometimes none at all depending on the opportunities available). I diligently research the stocks I own. I am a Computer Engineering graduate with about 8 years in the industry.
Any comments or articles posted are my own opinions and you should independently verify any statements I make on Seeking Alpha.