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  • Buying Buybacks II [View article]

    Thank you for your contributions to this public forum.

    May I suggest you take a look at Trim Tabs Float Shrink (TTFS), an etf which invests in companies that reduce their total supply of shares over an extended period. Buying back stock is ostensibly fine but if the timing is off or if shares purchased are principally to reward directors/managers they don't do anything for shareholder value. This etf addresses that problem.

    Another you might want to take a look at is Cambria's Shareholder Yield (SYLD) etf which focuses on companies that combine three elements to create value: 1) Dividends; 2) Share repurchases; and 3) Reductions in debt. In combination this also seems like a nice way to invest in a basket of shareholder-friendly companies.

    Big Blue
    Jul 24 08:06 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The Rise Of Micro-Caps [View article]

    May I suggest that you publish an article on the kind of red flags that turn you off when doing your DD on micro caps. Among those I see over and over are

    1) A controlling individual who pays him or herself a disproportionate amount relative to annual revenues or profitability;

    2) A controlling share holder who has multiple family members on the payroll;

    3) A board with only long-serving members;

    4) Accounting firms changing on a regular basis;

    5) Many stock options to insiders so if there is a take out event they benefit disproportionately vs. public shareholders.

    I am certain you/others can add many more.

    While there is much opportunity here there is also much risk for the uninformed.

    Big Blue
    Jul 22 09:09 AM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • If I Were Starting A New Portfolio Today [View article]
    How do you feel about equal weighted expressions of the same asset classes?


    Jul 18 08:10 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Compass Diversified Holdings: It's Not The Direction, It's The Holding [View article]

    Check ROI over the many years Capital Southwest has been public.
    In March, 2003 CSWC had $272.2 million in net assets; by March, 2013, net assets had grown to $659.8 million after buying back 147.5k shares, paying out $35.9 million cash dividends, $77.3 million cash capital gains dividends, and making $48.9 million in tax payments. In the entire history of this company equity has been issued exactly once, when it first went public. How many BDCs can make that statement? This company is for patient investors with a long-term time horizon. Clearly it is not for you based on what you posted.

    Big but not Blue
    Jun 24 04:27 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Compass Diversified Holdings: It's Not The Direction, It's The Holding [View article]

    You might want to check out and compare CODI and Capital Soiuthwest (CSWC).

    Big Blue
    Jun 24 07:51 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Stratus Properties Is Undervalued With A Significant Near-Term Catalyst [View article]

    Has STRS treated small shareholders fairly? I noticed a significant number/proportion of dissenting votes against the 2013 Employee Stock Option Plan identified on the May 30 8K.

    Big Blue
    Jun 8 10:14 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Natural Gas Transportation: Who Will Win And Who Will Lose [View article]
    Additionally you might have included Travel Centers of America (TA) another operator of truck stops which is profitable and has a arrangement with Shell to install natural gas at many of its centers at Shell's expense.

    Long RDS.B and TA
    Apr 27 08:36 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • More Bad News For Stock Buybacks [View article]

    There is an etf that invests in companies that deliver on the promise that buy backs imply--TTFS. The name of this etf is descriptive: Trim Tabs Float Shrink. In other words TTFS invests in companies who actually reduce their share count over time, not just buy shares for purposes of executive compensation.

    Check it out.


    Long TTFS
    Apr 11 10:55 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • General Electric Shareholders Should Revolt [View article]
    Where are the institutional holders whose proxy votes can turn up the heat on the GE Board and management?
    Mar 23 08:56 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Searching For Alphas [View article]
    Wise article.

    Are you aware of any EVA etfs?
    Mar 6 08:48 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The Small Cap Stock Index For You [View article]

    Do you have any opinion about the relative utility in a diversified portfolio of a low volatility versus an equal weight etf of small cap stocks?

    Feb 24 10:46 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Time For A BDC Swap: One Stock To Sell And Another To Buy [View article]
    Another way to participate while mitigating the risk of owning only a single BDC or a couple and without having to do extensive due diligence is the new etf BIZD which holds about twenty-five BDC companies in varying proportions.
    Feb 20 07:54 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The Small Cap Stock Index For You [View article]

    Every time I read one of your articles I learn something. Many thanks for providing insight rather than hype!

    Feb 19 08:28 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Your Portfolio Can Get Fat On Fast Food In Brazil [View article]
    A more interesting comparison for BOBS would be ARCO, McDonald's franchisee in Latin America with almost 1900 restaurants in twenty countries including those in Brazil.

    Long ARCO.
    Feb 5 01:27 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Is WisdomTree's Emerging Markets Equity Income ETF Getting Riskier? [View article]
    I believe HILO is as good an better option or better than any of those referenced: low vol stocks with dividends and country concentrations not in Russia and China but in Turkey, South Africa and India.

    Long EEMV and HILO
    Jan 25 08:52 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment