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Author: Rupert Hargreaves

Rupert Hargreaves is a freelance financial journalist and the founder of y-money.co.uk. Prior to his writing career, Rupert began his career as a proprietary currency trader. Rupert holds qualifications from the Chartered Institute For Securities & Investment and the CFA Society of the UK.
Mohnish Pabrai: Avoid Stocks You Don’t Understand

Mohnish Pabrai: Avoid Stocks You Don’t Understand

The highly successful growth investor Peter Lynch once advised investors to “buy what you know.” Another way to interpret this is to buy what you understand. Lynch isn’t the only successful investor that has recommend the principle of sticking to companies you understand. Warren Buffett, Charlie Munger, Seth Klarman and Mohnish Pabrai have all stated that this one of the essential principles in the world of finance. Warren Buffett calls his sphere of understanding his circle of competence. He will…

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When Is The Right Time To Start Buying Stocks?

When Is The Right Time To Start Buying Stocks?

At the time of writing, the MSCI World Index is up around 21% from its March low. This performance has stunned analysts and investors around the world. It seems to me this is one of the most hated stock market rallies of all time. It is easy to see why analysts are skeptical. The global economy is reeling from the coronavirus crisis. While governments are doing everything they can to help businesses survive, surging levels of unemployment, rising corporate failures,…

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What Warren Buffett’s See’s Candies Can Teach Us About Business

What Warren Buffett’s See’s Candies Can Teach Us About Business

Many business owners and managers believe that growth is the single most crucial factor in defining a company’s success. Nowhere is this trend more evident than the tech sector. Companies like Uber and WeWork have filled the past few years spending tens of billions of investors’ capital growing their top lines without any prospect of a positive return on this investment. These are not the only companies spending billions without any visible return. Companies of all shapes and sizes regular…

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Warren Buffett’s Advice On How To Value A Business

Warren Buffett’s Advice On How To Value A Business

Warren Buffett has been investing in stocks since his teenage years. Over the past seven decades, he’s bought and sold thousands of stocks across sectors and industries accumulating hundreds of billions of dollars in value for himself and his investors along the way. During his lengthy career, Buffett has become skilled at calculating intrinsic value, the underlying value of a business based on its fundamentals. Warren Buffett: Starting with the cash flow statement The exact process Buffett uses varies from…

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4 Rules For Becoming A Bad Investor

4 Rules For Becoming A Bad Investor

I recently re-read one of Charlie Munger speeches from 1986 to students of the Harvard Westlake business school. In the speech, Munger laid out his rules for living a miserable life, in an attempt to warn students away from these actions.  The full speech is published in Munger’s unofficial biography, Poor Charlie’s Almanack: The Wit and Wisdom of Charles T. Munger. It is well worth seeking out if you’re interested.  After reading Munger’s words, I’ve been inspired to create my…

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A Case Study Of Why Warren Buffett Bought Disney In 1966

A Case Study Of Why Warren Buffett Bought Disney In 1966

A few weeks ago I wrote an article for GuruFocus outlining one of Warren Buffett’s biggest mistakes of all time; selling Disney.  Buffett first noticed Disney back in 1966. The company at the time was selling for $80 million in the market with a debt-free balance sheet, significantly below what Buffett’s estimate of intrinsic value for the business. Smelling a bargain, Buffett invested $4 million of his partners’ money to buy a 5% stake. A year later, he sold this…

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The Curious Case Of WD-40’s Record Valuation

The Curious Case Of WD-40’s Record Valuation

Over the past few decades, there has been a boom in demand for so-called “low volatility” stocks. These companies tend to be high-quality Consumer Staples, Heathlcare of Industrial names, like 3M Company or PepsiCo, Inc.  However, in most cases, the boom in demand for these names has not matched their growth. As a result, we’ve seen historical valuation correlations between peer companies and relative valuation metrics breaking down as investors clamour to buy these stocks without considering the underlying fundamentals…

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Why Debt Is Like Russian Roulette

Why Debt Is Like Russian Roulette

Since the mid-1950s, global indebtedness has exploded to record levels. At the beginning of 2019, the IMF reported global debt reached an all-time high of $184 trillion in nominal terms at the end of 2018, equivalent to 225% of 2017 GDP. On a per capita basis, the world’s debt now exceeds $86,000, which according to the IMF is “more than 2½ times the average income-per-capita.” Further data show that the private sector’s debt has tripled since 1950 making it “the…

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Seth Klarman On Catalysts In Value Investing

Seth Klarman On Catalysts In Value Investing

One of the most frustrating scenarios to be faced with as an investor is a stagnant stock price. You’ve done all the hard work, analysed the company correctly, invested at a deep discount to intrinsic value and waited patiently only for the stock to trend sideways for years. In areas of the market where mispricings are most common, particularly in small-cap and micro-cap stocks, this scenario is all too common. It can take years for a stock to close the…

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The Permanent Portfolio And Joel Greenblatt’s Big Secret

The Permanent Portfolio And Joel Greenblatt’s Big Secret

I recently wrote an article for Gurufocus.com on an asset allocation strategy called the ‘Permanent Portfolio’ (PP). For readers who don’t know, or who haven’t heard about this portfolio approach before, it was first published in the 1970s by Harry Browne, a U.S. writer and politician (book). Browne’s goal was to create a simple portfolio that would be easy to manage and protect his wealth in all market environments. The approach is simple, Browne recommended investors separate their wealth into…

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