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Value Investing for beginning & small time investors and the value investing strategies of Graham & Klarman

What is Value Investing?

This is a value investing Website filled with all things value investing: Value Investing Strategy, Value Investing Conference, Value Investing Software. But what is Value Investing? This is obviously a beginning investor question. But weekends are for beginning value investors, since that is probably when they have time to investigate their investing strategies. In layman’s […]

Warren Buffett’s advice in a Crisis

Given the downward trend in the market the past couple of weeks, I thought it was appropriate to re-quote some of Warren Buffett’s famous sayings that apply to time like these. We are, after all, value investors. Volatility is our friend, and nothing about this downturn was unexpected except the timing. Our government continues to […]

Free Value Investing Resources- Graham and Doddsville

 The Super Investors of Graham and Doddsville was a famous article written by Warren Buffett in the 1980’s describing value investors, in the Ben Graham tradition, who disproved the efficient market theory. In that tradition, I am pointing the way to a free newsletter entitled: Graham and Doddsville  that  is produced by the students of […]

Fat Tail Risk and James Montier

As many of you know I am James Montier fan. He is exceptional at encapsulating behavioral finance concepts in ways that are almost actionable.  It is not a criticism of him. The value of behavioral finance is that it helps you learn to “think differently” about investing. This is valuable even if it isn’t like […]

What is your Investing Edge?

If you scroll down his recent 2010 Letter Seth Klarman asks, “What’s your edge?” He asks this question in the context of developing a framework for investing success. It is a vital question. And if you don’t have an answer, it is time to develop one. We all have some advantages over other investors. Are […]

Extra Investing returns by Investing Like Warren Buffett

Overconfidence, Underreaction to Warren Buffett’s Investments is an interesting paper I saw at Simoleon Sense. To understand the all the details I suggest you read it yourself. You may derive different conclusions than I did.  I had a few take aways. First, that despite all logic to the contrary, if you had followed Warren Buffett’s […]

Value Investing Strategies for the Small Investor and 80-20 Portfolios

When you begin to invest you need to develop an investing strategy. Having a strategy is like a google map. It will help direct you down the right freeway and hopefully help you avoid the pitfalls, er traffic, and get to the destination you want.  If you are at this website you know my overall […]

Understanding Investing Risk

What is investment risk? Wikipedia says there are two types of investment riskless and risky. I will start by disagreeing. It is a subject I have written about before in Does a Risk Free Rate Exist? My answer to the posed question is no.

Margin of Safety – Beginning Investor Terms

Margin of Safety is a concept I write about a lot. It is the make or break for any investment. While I may fudge the amount from time to time, all investments have to have a margin of safety to be worth shelling out my cash. But what is a Margin of Safety?

The Problem with Back Testing Investing Strategies for Practical Investors

In surveying some of my favorite blogs recently, I have come upon something that hadn’t previously occurred to me, but could potentially alter how I invest. That is the problem with back testing Investing Strategies. Greenbackd posted an interesting starter piece on this subject called Walking the Walk, that led me back to the original blog from Aswath Damodaran called Transaction Costs and beating the Market. I have often thought there were practical problems with back testing, but I had not tried to articulate them until I read these posts. Both are excellent and worth reading. Damodaran, who is a Finance professor at NYU, and an author of Investment Fables (which I own), writes about the many ways to beat the market in general terms and then goes on to say, “Most of these beat-the-market approaches, and especially the well researched ones, are backed up by evidence from back testing, where the approach is tried on historical data and found to deliver “excess returns”.

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