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November Contest - Fat Pitch Financials Contributor's Corner

This month I will be giving away three premium memberships to Fat Pitch Financials Contributor's Corner, the best online source for going private transactions, odd lot tender offers, and other special situation opportunities on the web.

Today's Late Day Rally

Did anyone else notice that the iShares Value Index Fund (EFV) hit a new 52-week low before this afternoon's market rally? I'm surprised that this value index fund is down over 13% year-to-date. I guess I should be glad that I'm ecking out the little profit that I am from my long term value positions.


Interview with author Thomas P. Au

I am pleased to announce that Thomas P.

Interview with Tom Au, Friday at 10:00 AM EST

We have a special event going on tomorrow at Value Investing News. I will be interviewing Thomas P. Au, author of A Modern Approach to Graham & Dodd Investing. The interview will start at 10:00 AM EST tomorrow, June 13, 2008.


June Contest - A Modern Approach to Graham & Dodd Investing

A Modern Approach to Graham and Dodd Investing

Win one of three copies of A Modern Approach to Graham & Dodd Investing by Thomas P. Au in June on Value Investing News!

May Contest Winners

I am excited to announce the winners of the May Contest at Value Investing News. Each of this month's winners will receive a signed copy of Bud Labitan's new book, The Four Filters: Invention of Warren Buffett and Charlie Munger.

May Contest - The Four Filters

The Four Filters Invention of Warren Buffett and Charlie MungerWin one of the three copies of The Four Filters: Invention of Warren Buffett and Charlie Munger that we are giving away in May!


February Covestor Contest Winners

The winners of the February contest sponsored by Covestor are as follows:

Good News at FBR Group


            As you may have seen, I wrote up an article at the end of last year on FBR Group, a small cap financial stock that had fallen very hard in the past few years as it got involved in the subprime and structured finance mess.   My main thesis was that the stock was mispriced, extremely cheap, and available at a substantial margin of safety.  As they reported their 4th quarter results today, my belief in a margin of safety came to fruition as the write downs were aplenty, and total asset value has changed, but the company is doing fine.

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International Monster: Turkcell Iletisim Hizmetleri AS (TKC)

Monster stock Turkcell is a provider of communication services. I say monster because of their market cap which is 21 billion. They sell wireless phone subscription and internet internet access. They have the right combination of a few things I pay close attention to in a large company. First, they generate a lot of free cash flow. Management is growing shareholder equity. The balance sheet is strong and the stock has sold off while the fundamentals are still strong.

What ticker to use for Berkshire Hathaway?

I've noticed that the ticker added to story submissions regarding Berkshire Hathaway are very inconsistent. I've seen BRKa, BRK-A, BRK.a, and just plain old BRK. This makes finding all the recent stories submitted about Berkshire Hathaway rather difficult.  I'd like to establish a popular standard among the members here so we can better organize our content.

What should we establish as the standard?

Want to be a Successful Investor? Listen to Emerson



"I know that for myself it makes no difference whether I do or forbear those actions which are reckoned excellent. I cannot consent to pay for a privilege where I have intrinsic right. Few and mean as my gifts may be, I actually am, and do not need for my own assurance or the assurance of my fellows any secondary testimony." 

-Ralph Waldo Emerson

Bridge Street Journal, Vol. 4.1: Springboks, Probability, and Conformity

The springbok of southern Africa, combined with some simple mathematics, yields useful lessons for investors.  A springbok is a deer-like animal that, according to Wikipedia, forms some of the largest migratory herds ever recorded.  Imagine now that you are a springbok in a herd with 99 other identical springbok walking around the barren wasteland that is Africa (though there appears to be some greenery in the south).  Further imagine that you are a particularly intelligent and mathematically-gifted springbok who calculates


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