What are the “Top 5″ blogs (or online resources) you particularly enjoy reading?

Dec.20, 2011 in Financial News 3 Comments

Shai Dardashti just sent me a survey asking:

What are the “Top 5″ blogs (or online resources) you particularly enjoy reading?

This is apparently part of Shai’s excellent New Years Resolution for 2012, which is to learn faster and more efficiently. I think this is a great effort.  I encourage you to also respond to his survey. Just click on What are the “Top 5″ blogs (or online resources) you particularly enjoy reading? to share your favorite sites.

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Value Investing Research Group on Mendeley

Dec.08, 2011 in Research Tools 1 Comment

MendeleyI just started playing around with a an online reference manager and social network for researchers called Mendeley. I’ve found it to be a great tool for organizing my PDFs and online links to academic papers. Mendeley allows you to organize, tag, backup, sync, and annotate your PDFs. The desktop software for Mendeley is easy to use and has a great interface. The really unique aspect to this reference organizing tool is that you can create public groups to collaborate with others interested in the topic you are researching.

I was surprised to find that there wasn’t a value investing group on Mendeley.  I solved that little issue real by quickly setting up a group simply called Value Investing. I welcome fellow value investors to join this group and share their collections of papers.

I’m still looking for a collection of Benjamin Graham papers I have somewhere on my hard drive that I will add to the group as soon as I find them.  So far I have some classic Piotroski and Altman papers listed in the group. Please add your favorite value investing references to the list. I could see this group becoming a great resource for value investing students and researchers given the excellent collaboration features that Mendeley groups provide.

The Moats Book Seeks Editors

Dec.06, 2011 in Book Reviews 1 Comment

Moats: The Competitive Advantages of Buffett & Munger BusinessesThe content for Bud Labitan’s Moats: Competitive Advantages Of Buffett& Munger Businesses book is now complete. The book is in the final editing phase. Anyone who wants to proofread, edit, and enhance a chapter can join the editing team by visiting http://www.frips.com/book.htm.

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Special Situations Real Money Portfolio Third Quarter 2011 Update

Oct.03, 2011 in Special Situations Real Money Portfolio 2 Comments

The Special Situations Real Money Portfolio ended the third quarter of 2011 with a balance of $38,633.48 when the market closed on September 30, 2011. The portfolio is down 5.69% for the year. In comparison, the total year to date return for the S&P 500 was -8.68% as of September 30, 2011. In general, 2011 has been a rough year for the stock market so far.

Thankfully, the Special Situations Real Money Portfolio has produced a total return of 221.95% since inception back in 2004. The annualized rate of return to date is still a healthy 23.63%.

Special situation opportunities have been exceedingly hard to find. Many of the available deals have been of lower quality and higher risk variety. I am hoping things will turn around soon.

Balance: $38,633.48
IRR: 23.63%
Return: 221.95%
YTD: -5.69%

Summer’s Over

Sep.30, 2011 in Site News Leave a Comment

My extended summer vacation from blogging is over. I needed a break at the beginning of summer, so I took a couple of weeks off.  However, I then found it extremely difficult to get motivated to start up again.

I caught a form of writers block that has been very hard to shake. The economic funk we are in has put me in a very unmotivated mood. My guess is that the same thing is happening to others. This Great Recession must be causing a massive physiological impact across society.

Have these economic times also had an impact on your motivation and mood? How have you handled it?

Inflation Adjuster Android App

Jun.17, 2011 in Stock Tools 2 Comments

Inflation Adjuster AppI just published my first mobile app! It’s called Inflation Adjuster and it works on Android devices. Inflation Adjuster is a quick and easy to use tool that calculates the dollar price equivalent between two years.

Inflation Adjuster calculates what the buying power of a dollar amount in a certain year is worth in another year. This inflation calculator uses the average annual Consumer Price Index (CPI-U) produced by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The CPI represents changes in prices of all goods and services purchased for consumption by urban households. This index value has been calculated every year since 1913. For the current year, the latest monthly index value is used. This past Wednesday the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) increased 0.2 percent in May on a seasonally adjusted basis and over the last 12 months, the all items index increased 3.6 percent before seasonal adjustment.

 

In addition to estimating the buying power of a certain dollar amount, the Inflation Adjuster also reports on the total percent nominal price change and the annualized rate of inflation for the selected time period.

Start discovering the REAL value of prices with this simple handy Inflation Adjuster tool today! Please download this free app to your Android phones and provide some feedback. Be sure to provide the name of the device you used to try my App out on when providing feedback. I’m also planning to make additional apps for Android in the future, so I’m open to any suggestions for my next project.

Festival of Stocks: Colgate-Palmolive, Gambling and Kids

May.16, 2011 in Festival of Stocks 3 Comments

Welcome to the May 16, 2011 edition of the Festival of Stocks. The Festival of Stocks is a blog carnival dedicated to highlighting bloggers best posts on stock market related topics. Fat Pitch Financials is the actual birth place of this online weekly event, so it is always a special occasion when I get the chance to host this roving event.

If you aren’t already familiar with my blog, Fat Pitch Financials, it is a value investing blog with a focus on wide moat companies selling at substantial discounts and Benjamin Graham style workouts. I encourage you to subscribe for free to my blog feed to keep up with my latest postings.

You should also check my Fat Pitch Financials Contributor’s Corner while you are here. It is my premium members only community dedicated to unique arbitrage and special situation opportunities.

Now that you are familiar with Fat Pitch Financials, let’s take a look at this week’s Festival of Stock participants. Here are this week’s entries: Read the rest of this entry »

Festival of Stocks, Dividends and More

May.09, 2011 in Festival of Stocks Leave a Comment

Welcome to the May 9, 2011 edition of the Festival of Stocks. The Festival of Stocks is a blog carnival dedicated to highlighting bloggers best posts on stock market related topics.Fat Pitch Financials is the actual birth place of this online weekly event, so it is always a special occasion when I get the chance to host this roving event.

If you aren’t already familiar with my blog, Fat Pitch Financials, it is a value investing blog with a focus on wide moat companies selling at substantial discounts and Benjamin Graham style workouts. I encourage you to subscribe for free to my blog feed to keep up with my latest postings.

You should also check my Fat Pitch Financials Contributor’s Corner while you are here. It is my premium members only community dedicated to unique arbitrage and special situation opportunities.

Now that you are familiar with Fat Pitch Financials, let’s take a look at this week’s Festival of Stock participants. Here are this week’s entries: Read the rest of this entry »

Festival of Stocks Berkshire Hathaway Meeting 2011 Edition

May.02, 2011 in Festival of Stocks 4 Comments

Welcome to the May 2, 2011 edition of the Festival of Stocks. The Festival of Stocks is a blog carnival dedicated to highlighting bloggers best posts on stock market related topics.Fat Pitch Financials is the actual birth place of this online weekly event, so it is always a special occasion when I get the chance to host this roving event.

If you aren’t already familiar with my blog, Fat Pitch Financials, it is a value investing blog with a focus on wide moat companies selling at substantial discounts and Benjamin Graham style workouts. I encourage you to subscribe for free to my blog feed to keep up with my latest postings.

You should also check my Fat Pitch Financials Contributor’s Corner while you are here. It is my premium members only community dedicated to unique arbitrage and special situation opportunities.

Now that you are familiar with Fat Pitch Financials, let’s take a look at this week’s Festival of Stock participants. Here are this week’s entries: Read the rest of this entry »

Ultimate 2011 Berkshire Hathaway Annual Meeting Guide

Apr.30, 2011 in Charlie Munger, Warren Buffett 3 Comments

With the start of the 2011 Berkshire Hathaway Annual Shareholders Meeting, it is time for a new addition of the Ultimate Berkshire Hathaway Annual Meeting Guide. Throughout the meeting and for several weeks after this event, I will be sharing links to live feeds, meeting notes, and articles about this years event. The Ultimate 2011 Berkshire Hathaway Annual Meeting Guide will be the next best thing to being at the event. Please send me your links to all things about the Berkshire Hathaway Shareholders Meeting. Be sure to bookmark this page and return often for the latest updates. Read the rest of this entry »

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