SoftBank is an enigma for me. On one hand, it has all the traits of an excellent owner-founder run business—the kind that I love to invest in. On the other hand, some of its management’s recent moves have spectacularly failed, making me think twice before investing again. As I … [Read more...] about SoftBank – a second look
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I have now deployed all the cash I raised from selling my Brookfield Property Partner shares (BPY or BPYU). What did I buy? See this table. In my previous blog post, I showed a short list of prospective buys I was considering. See here. Out of that list, I chose not to add … [Read more...] about What I bought to replace Brookfield Property?
My investing in commercial real-estate is mostly via publicly traded REITs (Real Estate Investment Trusts). Over the years, I have added several REIT positions in my portfolio. See this table for my REIT holdings. From time to time, I’ve also researched certain non-traded … [Read more...] about Parting ways with Brookfield Property Partners
In a March 2020 blog post when we were in the midst of the stock market crash, I highlighted four businesses where insiders had bought stocks. The table from that post is reproduced below. These insider purchases were made with their own monies in open market. In other … [Read more...] about Insiders who bought stocks in March 2020
I generally don’t have much interest in Initial Public Offerings (IPOs). They are often overpriced, overhyped, and not meant for long-term investors. In last couple of years, IPOs have seen a resurgence along with Direct Listings and SPACs. These IPOs, DLs, and SPACs are … [Read more...] about Dipping my toe into this SPAC craze
As I wrote last month, in 2020 Tesla jumped from #8 to #2 position in my portfolio. This week as I set about writing a blog post dedicated to my Tesla holding, I came across Charlie Munger’s Q&A from the Daily Journal’s annual shareholder meeting. Mr. Munger does not own any … [Read more...] about Tesla, BYD, and Charlie Munger
After taking a short hiatus in January, I am back. Happy belated new year, everyone! So this month I start off with end-of-year update of my stock holdings. In my mid-year update post (Breaking out to a new high) in July last year, I pointed out that my portfolio had … [Read more...] about How my stocks did in 2020?
It’s no surprise to anyone who go through my posts that I admire founder led businesses. I also love investing in them. But perhaps not all of them. Only those that have proven to have durable business models and where founders have large stakes in their own businesses. I have … [Read more...] about Leadership changes in founder led businesses
Costco just announced a special dividend of $10 per share, payable in December. This is their fourth special dividend payment to the shareholders in last eight years. It’s called special dividend because it is in addition to the regular dividend that Costco pays every quarter. … [Read more...] about Costco and its special dividends
It has been more than six months since the pandemic started affecting the global economy. Many dividend paying businesses were impacted too. In response, some stopped or cut dividends. But not many businesses that I own have gone that route. I wrote a blog post in May this year … [Read more...] about Dividends, six months later