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Five Questions: Questioning Conventional Wisdom With Lawrence Hamtil
My favorite people to follow on Twitter are those who make me think about things in different ways than I currently do. One person who certainly fits that bill is Lawrence Hamtil of Fortune Financial Advisors. In this interview, we will cover those topics, as well as several others that might make you challenge what you think about some popular investing topics.
The Lure of the Unsolvable Problem
Just when you think you are good at investing, the market has a way of humbling you and making you realize that no one will ever completely figure it out. That may sound like a stressful thing, but in reality, it is what makes doing this job great. For someone who strives to constantly learn and to constantly improve, there is nothing better than something you can never get too good at.
The Danger of Judging Decisions by Their Outcomes
Five Questions: Defending Value Investing with Tobias Carlisle
Here is part I of our two-part discussion on value investing. In this part we discuss the arguments against value and why the future may look better than the past decade has. In Part II, we will take a more detailed look at the process of building a value portfolio.
Five Questions: Investing in Human Freedom with Perth Tolle
The primary focus of most investors is generating returns. And that certainly makes sense given that we all have future goals we are trying to attain, and our portfolios are the major tool we have to achieve them. In recent years, however, there has been another goal that has been rising in importance. Many investors now also want to use their portfolios to express their values.
Some Lessons For My Former Investing Self
One of the most dangerous games we all can play in investing is the game of looking back and thinking about what we should have done. Hindsight bias leads us to believe that we should have known all sorts of things that there was no way to know at the time, and that leads to conclusions that would have been very difficult to draw with the information that was available then.
What Quant Value Models Can and Can’t Do for You
A few years ago Griffin wrote a very good piece — Ben Graham’s Value Investing ≠ Fama/French’s Factor Investing — explaining why buying stocks based on measures like book-to-market (the inverse of price-to-book) is nothing like the Ben Graham / intrinsic value way of investing.His comment and his previous piece got me thinking about how important it is to understand what quantitative value models can and can’t do.
Differences in Value
As an investor, understanding why there can be such big differences between value portfolios can be a very important question to answer. To get at that answer, at least partially, I thought I’d look across the spectrum of value models run on Validea to see how value stock selection strategies can differ and what investors may be able to learn from this.
Five More Questions: Factor Investing with Jim O’Shaughnessy
This is Part II of my interview with Jim O’Shaughnessy. If you missed Part I, you can find it here. In part II, we talk about trend following, the future for simple value investing, and we take an in depth look at some of the arguments others have made in favor of the death of value investing.
The Mechanics of Value Investing
We all have a tendency to want to put investing strategies into groups. That can sometimes be misleading, though. There are more investment products than I can count that use the word value in their name. But beneath the surface, many of those products couldn’t be any more different. Those differences can lead to substantially different outcomes in both the long- and short-term, so it is very important to understand the investment process and parameters used to create any value portfolio before you invest in it. Since I often discuss value investing in my articles, I thought it might be helpful to take a step back and look at some of the important details to consider when building or analyzing any value strategy.
Five Questions: An Academic Look At Factors With Lu Zhang
One of the major challenges that the finance community has faced over the years is how to explain what drives stock returns over time. If the market is efficient, then the only way to generate excess returns is to take more risk. But risk only makes sense to take if you get compensated for it. Determining which risks receive that compensation has been the subject of significant research in the academic community for many years.