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Checking In With a Few Ideas

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  • But the search for value goes on, and I’d like to share a few interesting companies I’ve happened upon.
  • It could attempt to purchase existing concessions, though they would face serious competition from much larger infrastructure investors like pension funds and insurers.
  • Brickworks is a brick manufacturer, but it’s also a lot more.

5 High-Yielding Dividend Aristocrats Not Afraid to Raise Their Dividends

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The S&P 500 Dividend Aristocrats is the most recognized list of dividend stocks. The Dividend Aristocrats index is designed to measure the performance of S&P 500 constituents that have followed a policy of consistently increasing dividends every year for at least 25 consecutive years...

Facebook Is Undervalued

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  • Revenue from ads alone could easily be twice the current size, which means that Facebook is a $100 billion business before counting any of the possible upside from payments, messaging, or any of the other potential business lines that the company could develop on the back of its large network effect.
  • I estimate that the large market opportunity, operating leverage, free cash flow generation and the potential for buybacks will result in Facebook’s earnings growing to $15 per share in the next five years, with plenty of growth still remaining.

Shazam! From the Boss to the King to How John & Paul & George & Ringo Desegregated the Gator Bowl in 1964, and Now the Esher Demos!

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  • The listener ends up flipping around from channel to channel and wondering why the bandwidth-happy SiriusXM monopolists don't just give each artist its own channel, as they in fact do for Springsteen, Elvis and Sinatra.
  • So how, exactly, did that become a Christmas song?
  • This is the best version of the song on record, by anyone, and probably one of the two or three best Christmas songs out there, period.

Charles Munger: Why Did Ben Graham’s Net Nets Disappear

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  • People were so shell-shocked for a long time thereafter that Ben Graham could run his Geiger counter over this detritus from the collapse of the 1930s and find things selling below their working capital per share and so on.
  • Just look at what disappeared from its balance sheet when it decided that it had to change size both because the world had changed technologically and because its market position had deteriorated.
  • But there was enough turmoil in technological change that IBM got bounced off the wave after “surfing” successfully for 60 years.

Hidden Colours

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  • I plan to read more novels.
  • I used to think they were a waste of time, but I've changed my mind about that.
  • I now believe I can learn as much or more from a novel than I can from a non-fiction book....

Doing a portfolio check on a heavy down day

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  • Typically when broad equities drop, managers will dump bonds in order to buy equities to rebalance the portfolio.
  • Today, contrary to what the market has been doing a few months ago, a selloff in equities is once again correlated to an increase in risk-free bond securities – I note that the 10-year treasury bond yield is down some 70 basis points – which means that what we are seeing in the markets today is a flight to less risky positions.
  • Canadian investors (via the TSX) have seen a 9% drop from peak-to-trough in the index high.

The Market Right Now Doesn’t Care How Fantastic Your Stocks Are

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  • But nine months later, in August 1993, that call did not look so brilliant: Microsoft shares had declined 25% in less than a year.
  • Would it have been a good decision to buy GoPro?
  • Whenever you look at your portfolio, think of Microsoft and GoPro.

November Dividend Income Report

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  • Royal Bank (RY) posted another solid quarter as Personal & Commercial banking (+10%), Capital Markets (+14%) and Wealth Management (+13%) showed strong performances.
  • The bank shows double-digit growth compared to last year, but net income and EPS is also up 5% from Q3.
  • Another interesting fact, my total portfolio shows a value of $132,323.06 CAD, a 22% increase since I started investing that money last year.

Seth Klarman: One Of Society’s Most Vexing Problems Is The Relentlessly Short-Term Orientation That Manifests Itself In Investing

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  • Consider corporate time horizons.
  • The more pressure you put on money managers for near-term performance, the more short term their focus becomes.
  • And as a result, few are willing and able to invest for the long run, to make long-term-oriented decisions, to put aside the short-term performance pressures and personal career or compensation considerations to do the right thing for the business.

Alexa, How Can I Get Rich?

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  • Or consider the case when we asked this question in the workshop about where to save money, and one kid replied, “Underground.”
  • Now I am waiting for some more time before he grows a bit older to explain how and why people do such things, and why they forget about the future consequences that are enormously bad.
  • No matter what your profession or living situation, you can get rich by saving money.

Investing Whiplash: Looking for Closure with Apple and Amazon!

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  • Apple Valuation & Amazon Valuation in September 2018I did follow through on my judgments, albeit with some trepidation, selling short on Amazon at the prevailing market price (about $195) and putting in a limit short sell at $230, which was fulfilled on October 3, as the stock opened above $230.
  • With both stocks, I also put in open orders to cover my short sales at the 60th percentile of my value distributions, i.e., $205 at Apple and $1412 at Amazon, not expecting either to happen in the near term.

7 Stocks Increasing Dividends For A Rainy Day

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Life often deals us difficult circumstances to work through at what seems to be the most inopportune time. During economic downturns, many people lose their jobs at a time when companies aren't hiring. When things like this happen, those with an alternative income, including dividend growth stocks, are in a better position to deal with the circumstances thrust on them.

Below are several companies increasing their dividends and in turn better preparing their shareholders for a financial rainy day...

Bruce Berkowitz: 15 Books That Every Investor Should Read

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  • Together with our own recommended reading list of:
  • This week we’re going to take a look at recommended books from superinvestor Bruce Berkowitz.
  • Taken from his writings, interviews, lectures, and shareholder letters over the years.

Between the Sheets With Post Holdings, Inc.

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  • Fair Value Investing Fair value investing requires investors to consider a company's overall finincial condition including past and future earnings growth, free cash flow, both book and tangible book values, net current asset value, and many other valuation metrics.
  • The fair value estimate is my current valuation for a stock based on earnings, earnings growth, and the current 5-year yield of a AAA rated corporate bond.
  • Future Value My future (5 year hold) target price for the stock is $215, which is an average annual return of 24%.

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