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Graham Griffin
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October Members Engagement Meeting Recap

Dr. Charlie Tian dives into powerful new features and answers audience questions

October 07, 2020 | About:

GuruFocus founder Dr. Charlie Tian went live today to present some of the new features that GuruFocus has implemented and answer questions from viewers. GuruFocus was pleased to be joined by an audience full of current members as well as some people looking to become members in the future.

Watch the full meeting here:

Tian began his presentation by looking at the powerful GF Value Line.

The GF Value Line gives a stock's intrinsic value based on GuruFocus' own valuation method. The website's calculation considers the following three factors:

  1. Historical price valuations, including price-earnings, price-sales, price-book and price-to-free cash flow.
  2. A GuruFocus adjustment factor based on the company's past returns and growth.
  3. Future estimates of business performance.

Tian first looked at Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) as an example of how the GF Value Line can be used to determine the current value of a company. He explained that Apple is clearly trading at a significantly overvalued level and that the market will likely correct over time until it is trading closer to intrinsic value.


Tian also looked at Google parent Alphabet Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOGL) to provide an example of a company that is currently fairly valued according to the GF Value Line.


Tian explained that the GF Value Line has mutliple categories of classification that can be used to help find stocks that might be a potential value trap. He offered Boeing Co. (NYSE:BA) as an example since the stock is currently trading below intrinsic value, but the company is also having financial struggles.


During the presentation, Tian received several questions regarding the GF Value Line and let viewers know that GuruFocus will makes changes so the chart will update on a weekly basis, rather than quarterly, in the coming weeks.

After looking at the GF Value Line, Tian also showed off some of the new features that can be found in the All-In-One Screener. These include the Historical Data Screen, new "Thumbs Up" button and customized rankings.

Viewers were particularly interested in both the new "Thumbs Up" button and the customized rankings features. The "Thumbs Up" button appears next to different filters that are deemed highly useful when searching for stocks. In general, GuruFocus has found that they correlate with stock performance and can show unexpected results. Customized rankings allow users to rank stocks with multiple filters at once and even apply different weightings to those filters.

Tian finished off the presentation by showing off the Excel Add-In as a powerful tool that is often overlooked by users and took a look at the Buffett Indicator. He explained that the Federal Reserve has now accumulated a massive balance sheet that has skewed the market evaluation shown on the Buffett Indicator. GuruFocus will be working to add in the Fed's balance sheet to the equation, rather than relying solely on gross domestic product, which should help to normalize the market valuation.

Disclaimer: Author owns no stocks mentioned.

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