When Book Value is Rubbish

Firstly, for some academic background to this article read this one: Smoke, Mirrors & Balance Sheets. Now, when is it justified that a stock trades below book value? Well, the answer is simple enough: when book value is overstated. But how … Continue reading

Illustrating Investing in the Small Cap Cycle

I have drawn this rather crude illustration of what some call the “small cap cycle”. The Y-axis of profit stands for the growing profits of the business as well as the increasing investment returns over time (as, in the long-term, … Continue reading

Company Valuation Basics

This article is following on the series that I began posting here: The Four Pillars of Company Fundamentals. This second batch of videos present an overview and the basics of various valuation approaches for stocks. A notable valuation model missing from this … Continue reading

The Four Pillars of Company Fundamentals

The videos below are from a series I ran on JustOneLap.com a good couple years ago. Sure, I could probably do a slightly better job presenting some of these topics nowadays and/or modernize one or two examples, but the essence … Continue reading

JSE Power Hour: Start-to-End Investing in Small Caps

Last night I gave a presentation at the JSE about investing in small caps. The idea was almost to present a turnkey solution to investing in this part of the stock market. For this reason, the presentation starts very basically … Continue reading

Generating Investment Returns in Sideways Markets

Since about mid-2013/14, the JSE All Share Index (as with most global equity markets), has neither been in a bear market nor a bull market. Rather, it has been in a flat, range bound market, or, as I prefer to … Continue reading

The Two Mistakes I Made During the Credit Crisis

Following from Monday’s big sell-off (see a perspective here) and the rest of this week’s bounce, I think it is time to put some thoughts out there. At least some, if not a fair amount, of the current market participants … Continue reading