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  • stephenbaker commented on Grahamites's article 11-15 12:19
    Why It's Almost Always a Mistake to Sell Compounding Machines
    Chuck Akre (Trades, Portfolio) was the keynote speaker of this year’s GuruFocus Value Conference. During the Q&A session, somebody asked Akre what...
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    stephenbaker 11-15 12:19
    • Generally agree with this but why not use basic valuation principles, such as buy at a cheap PB (or other valuation metric) and sell when the valuation gets excessive?  The valuation metric may be a function of price but price, itself is not the defining variable as to when to buy or sell.
  • stephenbaker commented on Rupert Hargreaves's article 11-12 09:58
    Some Tips on Avoiding Value Traps
    Value investing can be a lucrative style of investing, but it is a research-intensive process. If you are not willing to do the amount of research...
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    stephenbaker 11-12 09:58
    • How about simply not investing in companies with debt?  You may have to be ultra-selective with your stock picking but your investment will not go from profits to losses due to debt service.  It would be interesting to go back and determine how one would have done over time only investing in companies free of all debt.  If there are funds today that only invest in such companies, I'd be interested as well.
  • stephenbaker commented on John Huber's article 11-12 09:26
    Buffett’s Underrated Investment Attribute
    A few weeks ago, Sears (SHLD) finally filed for bankruptcy, and I decided to read through some of my notes I’ve compiled over the years on that...
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    stephenbaker 11-12 09:26
    • Really good article.  Buffett should get as much credit for his rationale of the investments he does not make as he does for his winners.
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