Links: Value Traps to Best Buy Bankruptcy Prediction

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Few links to start off your week.

Value Traps and Investor Psychology

Value traps take the form of companies that seem inexpensive in terms of attractive valuation metrics. Despite this allure, these companies typically possess underlying fundamentals that suggest they are in secular (long-term), not cyclical (shorter-term), decline.

Why Best Buy is Going out of Business…Gradually – Forbes

Electronics retailer Best Buy is headed for the exits.  I can’t say when exactly, but my guess is that it’s only a matter of time, maybe a few more years. Consider a few key metrics.  Despite the disappearance of competitors including Circuit City, the company is losing market share. Its last earnings announcement disappointed investors.

Are you an asset based or franchise value investor? (dead link)

Today, I want to talk about the two types of value investing and the differences between the two. In my mind, there are two types of investments, asset based or franchise (Bruce Greenwald’s Value Investing book mentions three: asset, earnings power, and franchise. I think the line between earnings based and asset based is too thin to distinguish between the two).

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