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Finding Value With The Piotroski F-Score Part 2

Finding Value With The Piotroski F-Score Part 2

**This article first appeared on Seeking Alpha and was published on 06/02/2015. This is the second in a series of articles looking at the investment performance of the Piotroski F-Score over the space of year. You can find the first part of this series, which explains the methodology behind the F-score, as well as an initial summary for each company, here. Finding value The F-Score was designed to hunt out value opportunities that are profit-making, have improving margins, don’t employ…

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Finding Value With The Piotroski F-Score

Finding Value With The Piotroski F-Score

The following is part of a series originally published at the end of November on SeekingAlpha. The series was designed to test the effectiveness of the Piotroski F-Score in today’s market. The F-Score was designed to help investors outperform the market, but if it was really that good, surely everyone would be using it? The stocks below were selected using computer screens, no human interaction was involved, the stocks that qualified for the F-Score screen, entered the test portfolio. I’ve always believed…

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Market Sentiment

Market Sentiment

“…The line separating investment and speculation, which is never bright and clear, becomes blurred still further when most market participants have recently enjoyed triumphs. Nothing sedates rationality like large doses of effortless money. After a heady experience of that kind, normally sensible people drift into behavior akin to that of Cinderella at the ball. They know that overstaying the festivities — that is, continuing to speculate in companies that have gigantic valuations relative to the cash they are likely to…

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Actively Managed Funds Consistently Outperform Trackers

Actively Managed Funds Consistently Outperform Trackers

According to research conducted by FE Trustnet, the average active UK growth fund has beaten an average, standard tracer fund over a period of one, three five and ten years. To say that this is astonishing is an understatement. Many market commenters have been reiterating the benefits of passive of active for some time now, and even market oracle, Warren Buffett has bet against actively managed hedge funds, making a $1 million bet with hedge-fund manager Protégé Partners that a…

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Margin Debt Hits an All-time High

Margin Debt Hits an All-time High

Margin debt, or the amount that has been borrowed by investors from banks or brokers in order to pay for US securities, reached a grand total of $379.5 billion in March – the second highest in history. The highest level was $381.4 billion back in July 2007 . The problem is that large amounts of borrowing, on average about 50% of the equity position can exacerbate losses as the market starts to fall as investors rapidly sell down positions. In…

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