Portfolio Manager commentary as of December 31, 2016 regarding small cap investments. Third Avenue is a private investment firm rooted in their collective value-driven investment philosophy. Since their founding in 1986, they have consistently pursued a fundamental, bottom-up approach to deep value and distressed investing–the fund has it’s focus on the company’s balance sheet, the value of its underlying assets, and the discounted price of its securities.
We want to fill a gap here. A lot of economic data is published day in and day out but yet most of us don’t really understand the lingo behind it. Let’s bring some clarity into this. Regularly we come across certain terms dealing with measures of economic activity. Most of them are pretty straight forward if you give it a chance.
A thrilling documentary about a genius algorithm builder who dared to stand up against Wall Street. Haim Bodek aka The Algo Arms Dealer. Haim Bodek is a former Goldman and UBS trader who has come firmly out against how stock exchanges work with high frequency traders. Mr. Bodek had worked with rapid-fire trading firms to give them an unfair edge over everyday investors.
The copper bull market looks like it’s just warming up. It seems that we are in the early part of this boom and yet the media isn’t paying much attention to it. Copper is on the rise when the industry is booming. In short, copper is used in nearly every major industry of the world: transportation, engineering, machinery and equipment, electrical, building, automotive and computer.Thanks to significant demand worldwide, the base metal has outpaced all of its higher-profile precious peers by a significant margin over the last several weeks. In the short term we can observe price swings and the bears waiting for a major correction. However the long term picture -monthly view – paints a different picture telling us that this is only the beginning.
Is it the next gold rush or just a hype ? We all remember the movie The Big Short which tells the story of four investors who predicted the credit and housing bubble collapse in 2008. The first of these investors that predicted the burst of the housing bubble was Dr. Michael Burry, who is portrayed in The Big Short by Christian Bale. The last line of the movie, printed on a placard, is: “Michael Burry is focusing all of his trading on one commodity: Water.”
Marc Cohodes wants to make money with another short thesis, Badger Daylighting is his latest pick. The news that he was short Badger Daylighting sent the company down around 25% in last Friday’s trading session. He believes the stock is overvalued at four times annual sales, far more than one of its key competitors.
The financial sector is on the brink of collapse. The country that probably gave the English-speaking world the word for bank – medieval Italian merchants traded with each other on a bench known as banca – has a €360bn problem in its fragmented banking sector. This is the amount of non-performing loans, loans on which customer’s repayments have fallen behind.
The battle for Herbalife (HLF) is heating up once again. QTR Research most recently outlined its short thesis on Herbalife’s stock ahead of a documentary’s release, a movie about Pershing Square Capital manager Bill Ackman’s $1 billion short bet on Herbalife and his drive to expose the company as a pyramid scheme. It looks like the Titanic found its iceberg.
Why is the employment situation report an important economic indicator and how do we interpret the report to get clues on the strength of the Economy. Its important to look at the different parts of the report and anlyze the different key data points to get an insight into how specific industries are perfoming.
Bloomberg Terminal Cheatsheet, All the most important shortcuts you need.
Tesla, Inc. is an over-hyped, lousy company, from a financial perspective, that is destined to go bankrupt. There, I said it. Bring on the critics. Contrary to the likely barbs and pitchforks we will receive, I do wish that global warming was not occurring and that the polar bears and penguins could live undisturbed in their former environments.
There’s nothing wrong with acquiring other companies so that a company can shore up its business or expand services. But MeetMe is a young company that appears to be growing quickly mainly through its acquisitions, and that’s problematic.
Most people would prefer to avoid reading never ending documents whenever they can, but lengthy 8-K SEC filings are a necessity for the serious investor. We shed light into this topic and show examples on how you can speed up your research significantly.
Globalstar has long been a controversial investment. Originally, the short-thesis was that the FCC would never grant Globalstar’s request, out of interference concerns; interference from any transmission on Globalstar’s spectrum with transmission on adjacent spectrum bands.
Ben Graham, the father of value investing, once said of the stock market, “In the short run, the market is a voting machine but in the long run it is a weighing machine.” To Graham the market was like a popularity contest. Investors “vote” for a stock out of considered enthusiasm for its prospects. Results however are determined in the long run as profits are “weighed” year after year and intrinsic value is revealed.