Peter Thiel Struggles Against Market Rally

Peter Thiel isn’t as widely followed as some other hedge fund managers. One possible explanation may be his hedge fund, Clarium Capital, employs a macro strategies which are more complex and opaque to individual investors. Nevertheless, I have always found his views on the broader economy and global situation to be insightful. Today’s Wall Street [...]

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Book Review: Pioneering Portfolio Management

AUTHOR: David Swensen RATING: 8 of 10 Highlights: As the originator of the now widespread “endowment” model, Swensen offers several new strategies for investors to consider. Swensen book focuses more strongly on asset allocation than other books, which is probably a boon to investors who may be more focused on how to pick stocks. The [...]

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Update On a Pair of Gold Miners

With gold hovering over $1,000 per ounce, now seems a good time to check in on two gold mining stocks I hold in my portfolio, Minefinders (MFN) and Yamana Gold (AUY). Long-time readers will know that I have been writing call options all year long on these two stocks, to good profit. With the recent [...]

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“When You See Cash Flow, You’ve Got To Buy It”

I read that statement in an interview with a money manager in Barron’s last week and it stuck with me. So this sentiment provides the theme behind this week’s stock screen, which emphasizes free cash flow (FCF). Here were the specific criteria I used for the screen on the Morningstar site: Free Cash Flow as [...]

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The Journal Targets Gold

Today’s Wall Street Journal has no less than three articles spotlighting gold’s brief ascent to the $1,000 level. More accurately, the three articles explicitly and implicitly suggest investors stay away from the yellow metal: Taking Down the Golden Barrickades [$] Gold Loses Barrick Benefit — After a Buying Spree, Firm Ends Its Hedging Program [$] Technically [...]

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Looking For Out-of-Favor Stocks

One of the perks of being a certified Seeking Alpha contributor is access to various research tools like Zacks.com. Zacks is an investment research service primarily oriented toward momentum and growth investing so their recommended stocks tend to be closer to 52-week highs than to the lows. Nevertheless, I find their in-depth company research reports [...]

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