Big Mistakes shows even the best investors make costly mistakes. It tells the stories about how some of the most famous, and infamous, investors failed miserably and the lessons we can learn from their biggest mistakes.
This Time is Different
Investors sometimes pay a high price for lofty expectations. A good example of this can be found in the number of companies trading at over 15x sales.
Since 2000, an average of 181 companies traded at over 15x sales in any given week (with a minimum $100 million market cap and not trading OTC).
Today that number hit 600. The last time we saw numbers remotely close to this was 2000 when it peaked at over 400 companies. Continue Reading…
The Man Who Solved the Market by Gregory Zuckerman
Gregory Zuckerman tells the story of Jim Simons and the brainpower behind Renaissance Technologies and the Medallion Fund — the most successful hedge fund ever.
The Risk of No Baggage in a Bull Market
Every bull market turns some investors into speculators. People happy with a slow and steady pace of making money get tired of watching other people lap them in a few short months.
It happens in every cycle. Little to do they know that easy money can be lost just as quickly as its made.
Edwin Lefevre, of Reminiscences of a Stock Operator fame, wrote a series for The Saturday Evening Post to kick off 1929. It was a warning that could have been written today. Continue Reading…
Wise Words from Michael Price
Michael Price is a lesser-known investor, with a unique approach to investing. He got his start in 1975 at Mutual Shares and went on to produce a market-beating track record.
Max Heine started a small fund company in 1949. He set up a single no-load fund called Mutual Shares to invest money for friends and family. But it wasn’t your typical mutual fund. Heine had a unique approach to racking up big returns for his investors. He went anywhere he could find value.
Under Heine’s tutelage, Price learned how to find dollars for fifty cents. He’s followed Heine’s playbook ever since.
Their philosophy begins and ends with the preservation of capital. It’s accomplished through strict discipline to portfolio construction. A portion of the portfolio is always invested in assets that move independently of the market because it helps to reduce drawdowns.
It’s not for everyone either. Price’s strategy requires a particular set of skills and a strong stomach because it often takes him places, like bankruptcies, that few investors want to go.
Over the years, Price has shared more about his and Max Heine’s investment approach. Continue Reading…
Double Counting: Earnings Growth and Multiple Expansion
In the long run, a company’s stock price reflects its growth in earnings. But when we dissect the long run into short runs, we see how investor psychology drives prices.
That short-run driver manifests itself in the P/E multiple. Multiple expansion can have an oversized impact on stock prices in bull markets.
Apple is a good example.
The chart shows the change in Apple’s earnings per share (EPS) and stock price over the last 10 years. Early on, the stock price tracked the growth in EPS fairly closely. Something happened after 2019 to change that.
Here’s Apple’s P/E ratio over the same period. Continue Reading…
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