What a quarter that was! The US stock market first reached a new high in October and then dropped 10%. It bounced around for a while. And then in late December, it dropped again -- this time more than 15% off its peak. By some measures, it actually dropped 20% briefly (intra-day) … [Read more...] about Investing amid volatility: My 4Q update
The other day, I came across an interesting, albeit hypothetical, auction scenario: Ten companies were bidding for the right to drill in a land tract. Each had done a geological survey of the land and privately assessed how much oil is in there. These surveys were known to be … [Read more...] about Anchor on a business’s value, not its price
RealtyShare, a crowdfunded real-estate investing operation, just shut down its business a few weeks ago. Hopefully, everyone who invested through them will be fine. The company said they will keep skeleton staff to manage existing properties for investors but won’t offer any new … [Read more...] about How am I investing in commercial real-estate?
If there are just two questions to ask about a CEO, ask these: Does he run the business well? Is she good in utilizing shareholders’ capital? The first question requires no explanation -- this is obviously any CEO’s number one task. The second question is a bit more complex. We … [Read more...] about Grading CEOs as capital allocators
The median tenure of public company CEOs is about five years . They come and go. Many of them are paid handsomely to run a company – in either cash or stocks that vest in 3 to 4 years. They’d own some shares while they work for the company and then cash out as they … [Read more...] about My investments with founder CEOs
Most CEOs make token statements about taking care of shareholders. Some mean it, others don’t. We investors don’t have a good way to judge them. We are not privy to discussions in boardrooms or corner offices. We can’t read their minds either. We don’t get to observe many … [Read more...] about CEOs who take pay cuts
Elon Musk, Tesla’s CEO, said last month that economic moats are lame: “If your only defense against invading armies is a moat, you will not last long. What matters is the pace of innovation. That is the fundamental determinant of competitiveness.” A few days later, I was in … [Read more...] about Are moats really lame?
Some investors are fascinated with dividend paying stocks. They invest in them exclusively. Often times, they are looking to generate income. Some investors also believe that dividend paying stocks are safer to invest in. There are investment services and portfolio managers who … [Read more...] about Rise above dividends!
These are all well-known companies. They are also very successful stocks since their respective IPOs. And they all have been rising with the market for last few years. Then what am I doing still buying them today? I own all four companies for many years. You can see my … [Read more...] about Apple, Starbucks, Facebook, Tesla
I don’t pay much attention to quarterly stock market changes. I don’t spend time trying to read tea leaves either. However, when the market goes down 10% or more from its peak, it spurs me into action. Why? As I detailed in this blog entry, I have a cash-as-dry-powder strategy. … [Read more...] about Quarterly portfolio update – March 2018