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5 Successful Qualities of Buffett, Graham, Munger and How to Acquire Them

October 21, 2015 | Read Now

Successful investors are not the smartest people on earth. Remember, it was Warren Buffett who said that; You don’t need to be a rocket scientist. Investing is not a game where the guy with the 160 IQ beats the guy with 130 IQ. However, there are certain characteristics that you need to have in order […]


10 Investing Principles Every Value Investor Should Live By

September 29, 2015 | Read Now

Are you satisfied with your investing acumen? I don’t know too many people who answers yes to that question. What I do know is that in order to improve quickly, the best way is learn from others. Books are my favorite resources. Next is to examine the mistakes and lessons learned by people who have […]


5 Super Reads to Help You Calmly Navigate Choppy Markets

September 13, 2015 | Read Now

It’s been a while. About 3 years since we’ve had any sort of market correction. Is it over? Who knows? And because it’s been so long, you’ve probably forgotten how it feels to see your portfolio drop 10%. I have. So whenever markets get choppy with uncertainty or I feel like I’m falling into a worrying […]


10 Simple Ways to Invest and Grow $5

September 10, 2015 | Read Now

I have $5. What do I need to do to invest and grow it? That’s a question I came across on Reddit and Quora, and it’s not as stupid as it sounds. It reminded me of the book I read called What I wish I knew when I was 20 which provided examples of what a Standford entrepreneurship […]


5 Advantages You Hold Over Professional Investors

August 10, 2015 | Read Now

“Don’t bother. The professionals are better than you and they know something you don’t.” Really? There’s some truth to that, but there’s plenty of lies mixed in that short statement too. And it’s easy to dismiss yourself or come up with excuses for why you can’t do it. Here are five to get things started. […]


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 […]

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 […]


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 […]


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. […]


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 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 […]