Rather than a checklist of yes/no answers, the new checklist focuses on sets of core to do tasks.
I’ve also made it visual so that it makes it quicker and easier to follow. Rather than having a checklist of 100 items thrown at you, having a flow chart will make it easier to manage and keep track of what stage of the investing process you are on.
Investment Checklist FlowchartOld School Value Investment Checklist Process
Core Investment ChecklistHere is the text version.
Do the Pre Work
Preliminary Background Reading
- Read previous thesis on Blogs / Investing Sites / Forums / Alerts
- Read news headlines
Financial Statement Analysis
- Go through line by line[list]
- Income statement + competitive advantage analysis
- Balance sheet + competitive advantage analysis
- Cash Flow statement + competitive advantage analysis
- Quality of Earnings (Inventory, tax, EPS)
- 2 annual reports
- 3 quarterly reports[list]
- specific attention to footnotes at the end of the report
- managers discussion – consistency, candidness
- compare words, numbers to annual report numbers
- CEO compensation (% of sales)
- Greed factor (bonuses, reimbursements, planes, boats, family donations)
- Insider ownership
- Write down how you are feeling
- Beware of[list]
- wanting to just buy and study later
- hindsight bias
- obligation to buy due to amount of research
- reluctance to accept differing opinions
- social proof bias
- What can go wrong?
- What are the risks? How likely are the risks?
- How can you lose money?
- How would you categorise this investment?
- How attractive is this idea compared to the other holdings? (There can only be ONE best idea. Not 2 or 3.)
- What is the expected holding time frame?
- What should be the portfolio sizing?
- What price will you sell?
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About the author:
My name is Ben C. and I am 2nd year MBA candidate at the Anderson School of Business at the University of California- Los Angeles. I have a BS in Economics from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. Before coming to Anderson I worked as a generalist equity research analyst for Right Wall Capital, a long-short equity hedge fund located in New York City. Prior to working at Right Wall I worked as an analyst at Blue Ram Capital, another long-short equity hedge fund located in Rye Brook, NY. This past summer, I worked for West Coast Asset Management as a research analyst. West Coast, which was co-founded by Kinko’s founder Paul Orfalea, is run by well-known value investors Lance Helfert and Atticus Lowe.