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Diversification, Do You Need It?

Diversification, Do You Need It?

Diversification is one of the essential principles of portfolio construction. Unfortunately, it also seems to be one of the most misunderstood. Diversification is the process of allocating capital in a way that reduces the exposure to any one particular asset or risk. Investors can never be 100% sure that a particular asset will generate a positive return. (We can’t, for example, positively identify 100% of frauds). But we can use diversification to reduce the impact a negative outcome will have…

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You Don’t Have To Make It Back The Way You Lost It

You Don’t Have To Make It Back The Way You Lost It

Every investor will have a tale of an investment that went wrong. If they don’t, they’re either lying or have not been in the game long enough. It would be great if we lived in a world where every investment decision turned out to be a profitable one. But that is just not the case. There will be bad deals. Companies fail for a multitude of reasons, and investors can’t screen for all of them. Even if we could, there’s…

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Warren Buffett’s Approach To Business Valuation [Pt.2]

Warren Buffett’s Approach To Business Valuation [Pt.2]

In a previous article, I took a look at the strategy Warren Buffett has said he used to value stocks.  In the article, which you can find here, I highlighted some of Buffett’s previous comments on valuation and calculating a company’s cash flow figures, which can offer a roadmap to calculate intrinsic value.  “If you can tell me what all of the cash in and cash out of a business will be between now and judgment day, I can tell…

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Dividend Stocks And Excess Returns

Dividend Stocks And Excess Returns

Some investors wrongly believe that being a dividend orientated investor means there’s reduced potential for capital growth.  But that is not the case. According to a study published by the Brandes Institute between June 1981 and 2015, high dividend-paying stocks delivered higher total returns than lower dividend-paying stocks partly due to the dividend return, and partly due to price growth.  The study looked at the five-year annualised rolling average returns of the largest 50% of stocks by market capitalisation during the period….

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Cash Is Boring, But It’s An Essential Tool For Investors

Cash Is Boring, But It’s An Essential Tool For Investors

Cash is dull. Having money sitting in your account doing nothing can be boring to watch, especially when compared to equities. In the current interest rate environment, cash returns are also lacking. But boring can be useful. Cash might not provide investors with high returns, but it does offer optionality, and you can’t put a price on that. The benefits of cash in a portfolio The coronavirus pandemic of 2020 has been one of the best case studies of why…

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Peter Lynch’s Advice On Long Term Investing: The Best Gains Come In “Year 3 or 4”

Peter Lynch’s Advice On Long Term Investing: The Best Gains Come In “Year 3 or 4”

Some investors have made life-changing amounts of money in the stock market. Unfortunately, these investors are in the minority. Research shows that the vast majority of individual investors barely break-even in the long-term, after including the impact of inflation on returns. Similar research has also shined some light on why this is the case. As it turns out, investors struggle not because they don’t pick the right stocks, but because they don’t wait long enough. To put it another way,…

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Peter Lynch: Why It’s Important To Do Your Own Research

Peter Lynch: Why It’s Important To Do Your Own Research

Here’s an excerpt from an article I recently stumbled across written by Peter Lynch in 1993. In it, he talks about the importance of doing your own research and not relying on the opinions of others to make your investment decisions. I’ve edited the text below for clarity and conciseness: “The fact that the professionals now dominate the markets, which so often leads people to conclude that the amateur has no chance, has actually improved the amateur’s chance…What holds them…

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Why Warren Buffett Reads Annual Reports

Why Warren Buffett Reads Annual Reports

Most investors never review company annual reports. It’s easy to understand why. Full of facts, figures and detailed accounting notes, these reports are hard going. They’re not exactly bedtime reading. However, annual reports often contain valuable information for investors. As such, they shouldn’t be overlooked, no matter how dry the material is. So, what’s the best way to read these reports? Is there anything we should be on the lookout for that might provide insight into a company’s financial position…

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Warren Buffett: How Phil Fisher’s Scuttlebutt Method Should Be Used

Warren Buffett: How Phil Fisher’s Scuttlebutt Method Should Be Used

In 1960, Warren Buffett read a book that changed his investment mentality forever. The book was called “Common Stocks and Uncommon Profits,” and it was written by Phil Fisher in 1958. In the book, Fisher described what he called the scuttlebutt method for finding investments. This method was the process of discovering as much about a company and its products as possible. To do this, Fisher recommended interviewing competitors as well as listening to rumours on the business “grapevine.” He…

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How To Start Investing: 5 Simple Steps

How To Start Investing: 5 Simple Steps

Over the past 10 years, I’ve learned a lot about the stock market and what it takes to start investing and successfully and build wealth. Most new investors trip up because they make some simple mistakes, which are quite easy to avoid if you know what to look for in the first place. However, if you don’t know what to look for, these mistakes could become costly learning experiences. With that in mind, here are my five simple steps to…

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