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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 […]


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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 […]


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 […]


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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 […]


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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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Why I’m Now More of a Buffett and Munger Type Investor

June 22, 2015 | Read Now

I’ve changed. How? It’s the same evolution that a lot of people have followed. Originally I focused purely on Ben Graham’s criteria and net nets. The beauty is that Graham’s techniques are easy to understand and follow because there is a lot of quantitative factors. Here’s one example of a Graham checklist you can study and follow. […]


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My Answers to 12 Important Investing Questions

May 19, 2015 | Read Now

Safal niveshak. Don’t know what Safal Niveshak means? It’s a Hindi phrase for “successful investor”. I bring this up because a site I share regularly is SafalNiveshak.com run by my value investing friend Vishal in India. The site is a must. There are tons of resources and he puts his full effort into everything he writes and […]


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15 Words of Wisdom on Finding an Edge

May 10, 2015 | Read Now

Listen to advice and accept instruction, that you may gain wisdom in the future. – Proverbs 19:20 One thing I would like to add is that not all advice is good advice, so it’s vital to filter out the noise from the facts. One of the easiest ways is to follow, listen and learn from […]


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Why Margin Of Safety Is Misunderstood And Not Used Enough

April 28, 2015 | Read Now

Margin of safety are the 3 most important words in investing. Here’s an image that explains it very well. But do you really understand what margin of safety means? Here are some definitions and references to a few greats. Margin of safety is the difference between the intrinsic value of a stock and its market […]


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16 Nuggets Of Advice On Selling Stocks From Investing Greats

April 20, 2015 | Read Now

Quick Summary The truth is that selling stocks is hard but people just focus on the buy side. Gaining the discipline to sell objectively takes time. Even the best investors learned it through hard lessons. Selling stocks is hard. In a previous article where I wrote about stock selling decisions, I talked about the psychological […]


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The Importance Of Thinking Backwards, And 5 Inverted Questions That Will Flip Your Thinking Upside Down

What You’ll Learn The importance of thinking and analyzing backwards. Common analysis mistakes made by investors. 5 inverted questions that will flip your analysis and thinking upside down. I’m just your everyday Joe. I put my pants on one leg at a time, did average at school and didn’t like to stand out in a […]


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The 7 Deadliest Words of Investing and Why You Are Not Smarter than the Average Bear

February 11, 2015 | Read Now

In case you didn’t realize, I’m a valuation nut. The methods I choose are not perfect because valuation involves art and science. But then again, what is the perfect valuation method? There’s no such thing. And that’s difficult for many people to grasp because we are taught to do things the “right” way, a “certain” […]