As a contrarian, value oriented investor, I constantly evaluate businesses that have suffered severe corrections in their stock prices. One of the most important traits to possess for a true contrarian is to be willing to perform the due diligence required to determine which stocks have fallen due to a long-term impairment to intrinsic value and those that have simply been victimized by the emotionally driven selling of shareholders who lacked a true understanding of the fundamental value of the business. There must be a willingness on the part of the investor to review a lot of businesses that might look inexpensive but are not in order to find those few that represent truly compelling value.
When investigative research reveals...
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