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My Answers to 12 Important Investing Questions

May 19, 2015 | Comments (0)

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 | Comments (0)

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 | Comments (0)

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 | Comments (0)

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 | Comments (0)

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” […]


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The One Thing All Pros Have in Common When it Comes to Making Money

December 1, 2014 | Comments (0)

How do pros make money? That’s the title from one of the chapters from What I Learned Losing a Millions Dollars that I want to share. As I mentioned the other day, it’s full of lessons, advice and stories on how NOT to lose money. That’s right. The entire book is dedicated to not losing money. It’s […]


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What Abraham Lincoln Can Teach You About Being a Better Investor

November 26, 2014 | Comments (0)

History sucks. Or that’s what I thought during my teens and early twenties. I actually studied ancient history as one of my high school topics and did very well. All I had to do was remember some pages and regurgitate it during exams. But that only got me so far. I only got over this […]


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Why You Shouldn’t Worry About Market Crash 2015

November 21, 2014 | Comments (0)

(This is a guest post and may not reflect the thoughts and opinions of Old School Value) Have you been paying attention to the financial media recently? If so, you should probably kick that habit. A lot of investors follow the financial media in order to help steer their investment decisions. They look at news […]


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3 Things Two Weeks of Unemployment Taught Me About Stocks and Businesses

October 30, 2014 | Comments (0)

Most of you know that I’ve finally taken the leap to run old school value full time. Boy was it humbling to be encouraged by so many people who I’ve never met in person. What’s more, you shared my excitement which makes me even more determined to make old school value a better place for […]


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15 Point Common Stock Checklist by the Father of Growth Investing

October 6, 2014 | Comments (0)

Previously I had written about a list of Don’ts that was listed in . A classic investment book that is left out on most reading lists. If you recall, Buffett said that he is was “85% Graham and 15% Fisher”. But Buffett today is much more Fisher than Graham now. How much? Take a look at Fisher’s style […]


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Warren Buffett’s Concentration and 3 of His Top 5 holdings

September 29, 2014 | Comments (0)

Graham vs Buffett. Both value investors, but both incredibly different. Not just in terms of the stocks they purchased and the way they thought about businesses, but also diversification. The main thing that comes to mind when you compare Graham and Buffett side by side is their investment style. Graham loved net nets and buying/selling […]