The Investor Trait and How Buffett Would Find, Analyze and Value Stocks

July 27, 2015 | Read Now

I definitely have lazy areas. When it’s cold and raining, I don’t want to take my dogs out to the park where they’ll get wet and muddy and I end up having to bathe them. Being in Seattle, it’s a huge hassle during the winter months where it drizzles constantly. So I have a lazy man’s […]


Are You Playing Defense in This Market?

July 22, 2015 | Read Now

Ouch. That’s how I felt in 2008 when my portfolio was down 28.6%. The S&P was down 37% that year but I certainly didn’t care about having beaten the market. I’m supposed to be indifferent to how the market is doing and to take a long term focus. After all, that’s what I tell people […]


How My Altman Z Stocks Are Beating The Market By 11% YTD

July 20, 2015 | Read Now

What You Will Learn How Altman Z stocks work An updated performance chart of the Altman Z screener 5 stocks reviewed using the components from the Altman Z formula I don’t try to reinvent the wheel. I’m a boring guy so when I try to come up with ideas, I prefer to look at things that […]

What I Learned Being a Janitor and How Cleaning Toilets Helped Me to Be a Better Investor

July 13, 2015 | Read Now

My dad was in IT back when mainframes and the internet was hot in the late 90’s. But he got sick of the 9-6 lifestyle and quit his full time position and decided to work as a temp IT specialist and hopped from one short term (1-2 year) contract to another. It was great during […]


Why High Growth Stocks Like Netflix are Risky and Priced for Perfection

July 9, 2015 | Read Now

“High risk investments have higher rewards.” You’ve heard this your whole life, but what if I told you it’s completely wrong. One area that I feel has improved greatly over the past few years is the way I think about and manage risk. Ben Graham has always been my big influence, as well as Walter […]


What’s Working in 2015?

July 7, 2015 | Read Now

The market has been flat so far. Doesn’t feel like it with all the drama in the headlines, but this just happened. February was a great month but other than that, it’s been up and down. First, if you want to skip the commentary and jump straight to the spreadsheet list of stocks and data, grab […]


15 Thoughts from Grandmaster Ben Graham on How You Should Select Stocks

July 6, 2015 | Read Now

“What stock should I buy?” That’s a question I receive often when friends find out that I run an investment site. “Don’t know. What are your requirements for buying?” I ask. The conversation pretty much ends there because most people don’t know what they should be looking for. If I then rephrase the same question to a […]


Apple: Analyzing it with Owner Earnings And Free Cash Flow

July 1, 2015 | Read Now

(This post is republished with permission by Peter George Psaras, portfolio manager of Conservative Equity Investment Advisors.) On February 27, 1987 Mr. Warren Buffett introduced in the Appendix of Berkshire Hathaway’s 1986 Annual Report section the following: If we think through these questions, we can gain some insights about what may be called “owner earnings.” These […]


How to Analyze and Profit Off Going Private Transactions

June 30, 2015 | Read Now

Investing in special situations has been around for a while. Actually in his 1965 letter, Buffett talks about special situations, which he calls “workouts”. These are securities with a timetable. They arise from corporate activity – sell outs, mergers, reorganizations, spinoffs etc. In this category we are not talking about rumors or “inside information” pertaining to such […]

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How I Blew a 102% Gain in Net Net Wonder Stock Sangoma Technologies

June 23, 2015 | Read Now

(This is a guest post and may not reflect the thoughts and opinions of Old School Value) Back in late 2013 I found what was nearly the perfect net net stock. It was conservatively financed. It was buying back stock. It was loaded with cash. …but somehow I managed to muck it all up. Investors […]

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