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“Successful Investing takes time, discipline and patience.  No matter how great the talent or effort, some things just take time:  You can’t produce a baby in one month by getting nine women pregnant.”- Warren Buffett The bull market that started in March of 2009 is now on the verge of its 6th and a half year,...
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Today it was announced that TIAA was buying Everbank (EVER) for $19.50 per share.  Everbank is a very average bank with lower returns on equity than the big banks.  As of the 2nd quarter 2016, Everbank’s tangible book value per share was $13.24 meaning that TIAA is paying right around 1.5 times tangible book.  Because...
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I’ll be writing about this in more detail in a few weeks, but new information has been released about the negotiations between Puerto Rico and its creditors.  While no deal has been agreed to as was expected, Puerto Rico has been raising the prices at which it is willing to settle the debts for.  The...
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As earnings season continues to develop, we have seen a bit of divergence in favor of value stocks. Companies that have been out of favor, due to difficult short-term business conditions, and that have incredibly low valuations have outperformed glamor stocks that trade at high multiples, based on the perception of safety. It is essential...
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It has been over 10 months since the S&P 500 has seen a new high and many market pundits are of the belief that the bull market starting in 2009 is now over.  It is my belief that stocks overall are priced within the realm of reason, and are neither extremely expensive or extremely cheap. ...
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Warren Buffett was interviewed today on CNBC and as always, he provided a great deal of insight into investing.  What is so great about Buffett and value investing in general is the consistency of the method used to make money investing.  It is about buying fractional shares of a business at material discounts to the...
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Read the latest research report from our Chief Investment Officer Tim Travis on Fiesta Restaurant Group, Inc. (FRGI)   Fiesta’s Spinoff Strategy Will Lead to Accelerated Growth
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I’ll be writing a fully comprehensive research report within the next week to update you on AGO, but their earnings yesterday were spectacular once again.  Book value per share grew to $43.96 from $36.37 a year ago.  Operating book value per share grew to $43.11 from $37.48 a year ago.  Adjusted book value grew to...
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In a panicked market, good news is ignored and all of the focus tends to be on the bad.  On Tuesday, J.P. Morgan held its investor day meeting.  In the meeting, the company announced that it was going to add another $500MM to energy-related loan-loss reserves.  This followed a $67MM provision in Q4, which at...
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The problem with the world of finance is that you can always count on salesmen preying on investor fear to pitch a product.  We saw it in 2009, we saw it in 2011, and we are seeing it again now.  While volatility is to be expected when one is investing in stocks, just like turbulence...
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