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  • SerenityStocks commented on Brian Flores's article 05-30 10:09
    The Dhandho Framework
    While reading "The Dhandho Investor" by Monish Pabrai, I encountered chapter 5 to be extremely enlightening since it provides nine simple steps that...
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    SerenityStocks 05-30 11:09
    • Benjamin Graham - also known as The Dean of Wall Street and The Father of Value Investing - was a scholar and financial analyst who mentored legendary investors such as Warren Buffett (Trades, Portfolio), William J. Ruane, Irving Kahn and Walter J. Schloss.

      Warren Buffett (Trades, Portfolio) describes Graham's book - The Intelligent Investor - as "by far the best book about investing ever written" (in its preface).

      Buffett once gave a speech at Columbia Business School explaining how Graham's record of creating exceptional investors (such as Buffett himself) is unquestionable, and how Graham's principles are everlasting. The speech is now known as "The Superinvestors of Graham-and-Doddsville".

      Buffett concluded the speech saying:

      "There seems to be some perverse human characteristic that likes to make easy things difficult. The academic world, if anything, has actually backed away from the teaching of value investing over the last 30 years. It’s likely to continue that way. Ships will sail around the world but the Flat Earth Society will flourish. There will continue to be wide discrepancies between price and value in the marketplace, and those who read their Graham & Dodd will continue to prosper."

      The less Value Investing is followed, the more potential for profit there will be for those of us who do follow it.
  • SerenityStocks commented on Dividends4Life's article 05-30 09:57
    General Mills, Inc. (GIS) Dividend Stock Analysis
    Linked here is a detailed quantitative analysis of General Mills, Inc. (GIS). Below are some highlights from the above linked analysis: Company...
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    SerenityStocks 05-30 10:57
    • Benjamin Graham - also known as The Dean of Wall Street and The Father of Value Investing - was a scholar and financial analyst who mentored legendary investors such as Warren Buffett (Trades, Portfolio), William J. Ruane, Irving Kahn and Walter J. Schloss.

      Warren Buffett (Trades, Portfolio) once gave a speech at Columbia Business School explaining how Graham's record of creating exceptional investors (such as Buffett himself) is unquestionable, and how Graham's principles are everlasting. The speech is now known as "The Superinvestors of Graham-and-Doddsville".

      Buffett describes Graham's book - The Intelligent Investor - as "by far the best book about investing ever written" (in its preface).

      Graham's first recommended strategy - for casual investors - was to invest in Index stocks. 

      For more serious investors, Graham recommended three different categories of stocks - Defensive, Enterprising and NCAV - and 17 qualitative and quantitative rules for identifying them. 

      For advanced investors, Graham described various special situations or "workouts".

      The first requires almost no analysis, and is easily accomplished today with a good S&P500 Index fund.

      The last requires more than the average level of ability and experience. Such stocks are also not amenable to impartial algorithmic analysis, and require a case-specific approach.

      But Defensive, Enterprising and NCAV stocks can be reliably detected by today's data-mining software, and offer a great avenue for accurate automated analysis and profitable investment.

      For example, given below are the actual Graham ratings for General Mills Inc (GIS), with no adjustments other than those for inflation.

      Defensive Graham investment requires that all ratings be 100% or more.

      Enterprising Graham investment requires minimum ratings of - N/A, 75%, 90%, 50%, 5%, N/A and 137%.

      General Mills Inc - Graham Ratings

      Sales | Size (100% ⇒ $500 Million): 3,524.00%

      Current Assets ÷ [2 x Current Liabilities>: 40.51%

      Net Current Assets ÷ Long Term Debt: 0.00%

      Earnings Stability (100% ⇒ 10 Years): 100.00%

      Dividend Record (100% ⇒ 20 Years): 100.00%

      Earnings Growth (100% ⇒ 30% Growth): 129.74%

      Graham Number ÷ Previous Close: 45.57%

      Note: Stocks failing Graham's rules are not necessarily bad investments. They may fall under Graham's "special situations" category. Graham's rules are also extremely selective.
  • SerenityStocks commented on Dividends4Life's article 05-27 15:11
    Abbvie Inc. Dividend Stock Analysis
    Linked here is a detailed quantitative analysis of Abbvie Inc. (ABBV). Below are some highlights from the above linked analysis: Company...
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    SerenityStocks 05-27 16:11
    • Benjamin Graham - also known as The Dean of Wall Street and The Father of Value Investing - was a scholar and financial analyst who mentored legendary investors such as Warren Buffett (Trades, Portfolio), William J. Ruane, Irving Kahn and Walter J. Schloss.

      Warren Buffett (Trades, Portfolio) once gave a speech at Columbia Business School explaining how Graham's record of creating exceptional investors (such as Buffett himself) is unquestionable, and how Graham's principles are everlasting. The speech is now called as "The Superinvestors of Graham-and-Doddsville".

      Buffett describes Graham's book - The Intelligent Investor - as "by far the best book about investing ever written" (in its preface).

      Graham's first recommended strategy - for casual investors - was to invest in Index stocks. 

      For more serious investors, Graham recommended three different categories of stocks - Defensive, Enterprising and NCAV - and 17 qualitative and quantitative rules for identifying them. 

      For advanced investors, Graham described various special situations or "workouts".

      The first requires almost no analysis, and is easily accomplished today with a good S&P500 Index fund.

      The last requires more than the average level of ability and experience. Such stocks are also not amenable to impartial algorithmic analysis, and require a case-specific approach.

      But Defensive, Enterprising and NCAV stocks can be reliably detected by today's data-mining software, and offer a great avenue for accurate automated analysis and profitable investment.

      For example, given below are the actual Graham ratings for AbbVie Inc (ABBV), with no adjustments other than those for inflation.

      Defensive Graham investment requires that all ratings be 100% or more.

      Enterprising Graham investment requires minimum ratings of - N/A, 75%, 90%, 50%, 5%, N/A and 137%.

      AbbVie Inc - Graham Ratings

      Sales | Size (100% ⇒ $500 Million): 4,088.00%

      Current Assets ÷ [2 x Current Liabilities>: 70.56%

      Net Current Assets ÷ Long Term Debt: 44.37%

      Earnings Stability (100% ⇒ 10 Years): 40.00%

      Dividend Record (100% ⇒ 20 Years): 15.00%

      Earnings Growth (100% ⇒ 30% Growth): 0.00%

      Graham Number ÷ Previous Close: 11.48%

      Note: Stocks failing Graham's rules are not necessarily bad investments. They may fall under Graham's "special situations" category. Graham's rules are also extremely selective.
  • SerenityStocks commented on Dhandoisms_89's article 05-22 15:25
    The value investor’s tool box
    We at Gurufocus have quite a solid idea as to what a value investor is, what he does and how he approaches investing. Nevertheless, I have compiled a...
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    SerenityStocks 05-22 16:25
    • Nice points!

      Graham's Value Investing framework acknowledges the stock market's randomness and irrationality, and uses them to the investor's favor. This is why true Value Investing (not bargain hunting) consistently outperforms more impressive looking strategies that are based on the less tenable premise that the stock market can be predicted.

      Warren Buffett (Trades, Portfolio) once wrote a detailed article explaining how Graham's record of creating exceptional investors (such as Buffett himself) is unquestionable, and how Graham's principles are everlasting. The article is called "The Superinvestors of Graham-and-Doddsville".

      Graham's first recommended strategy - for casual investors - was to invest in Index stocks. 

      For more serious investors, Graham recommended three different categories of stocks - Defensive, Enterprising and NCAV - and 17 qualitative and quantitative rules for identifying them. 

      For advanced investors, Graham described various special situations or "workouts".

      The first requires almost no analysis, and is easily accomplished today with a good S&P500 Index fund.

      The last requires more than the average level of ability and experience. Such stocks are also not amenable to impartial algorithmic analysis, and require a case-specific approach.

      But Defensive, Enterprising and NCAV stocks can be reliably detected by today's data-mining software, and offer a great avenue for accurate automated analysis and profitable investment.
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