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Book review

“The Frackers”

I highly recommend “The Frackers: The Outrageous Inside Story of America’s New Billionaire Wildcatters” by WSJ writer Gregory Zuckerman (also author of “The Greatest Trade Ever”, reviewed by me here). The book tracks the business lives (and, to a more limited extent, the personal lives) of several successful and less-than-successful pioneers whose companies have revolutionized America’s energy industry. [Barbarian Capital]

Value Investing

Platform Specialty Products

So, someone commented on another outsider-esque investment idea backed by some billionaires. Platform Acquisition Holdings is another Martin Franklin – Nicolas Burggruen SPAC (special purpose acquisition corporation, otherwise known as a blank check company).   Bill Ackman also owns a stake.  Martin Franklin took over Jarden Corp (NYSE:JAH) as Chairman and CEO in September 2001 and now is executive chairman (gave up CEO post in 2011). [KK, The Brooklyn Investor]

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Pulse Seismic: A Wide Moat Company Drowning in Cash

I was introduced to Pulse Seismic Inc (TSE:PSD) (OTCMKTS:PLSDF) by Mackie who authors the excellent Moatology blog.  Pulse is a Canadian microcap. Its business should be the easiest in the world to understand.  They own a library of seismic data (“seismic data” is just a fancy way of saying maps that help oil and gas companies know where to drill). [Punchcardblog]

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Not a Bubble, Just the Old Normal

Probably the best method of “bubble detection”, to the extent such a thing is even possible, is to simply observe an investment’s recent past performance history to measure how far in excess of the long-term average it has been. [Joshua M Brown, The Reformed Broker]

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Valuation thoughts: Terminal Value

A company’s terminal value is what they would be worth if their assets could be put to their highest and most productive use.  Another way to define terminal value is what a company might be worth if the world’s best capital allocator with expertise in a company’s given sector were in control of the company and made perfect decisions. [Nate Tobik, Oddball Stocks]

A dozen things said by Jesse Livermore

“An investor looks for safety… The speculator looks for a quick profit.” Livermore is saying that what differentiated him and other speculators from investors was: (1) a willingness to make bets with short duration and (2) not seeking safety. [Tren Griffin, 25iq]

Why you should use investment checklists and a written plan

Most stock pickers don’t use investment checklists, and even fewer have detailed written plans which they follow diligently and improve over time as they learn new lessons.  I think that’s a big mistake, and it’s probably one of the biggest reasons why the majority of private investors underperform the market. [John Kingham, UK Value Investor]

Thales–The World’s First Option Trader?

The Greek philosopher Aristotle (348 BC – 322 BC) was a renowned polymath, who studied everything that could be studied at the time. He is thought to have written his many works as teaching aids to his students. [David Foulke, Turnley Analyst]

Two types of ignorance

We’re largely ignorant, that is, we operate in a state of the world where some possible outcomes are unknown. However, we’ve prepared for a world where outcomes and probabilities can be estimated. There is a mis-match between our training and reality. [Shane Parrish, Farnam Street]

Funds

The Year of Europe? Sure, It Could Happen

Portfolio manager David Herro has invested about 75% of the Oakmark International Fund Class I (MUTF:OAKIX) in a big bet on Europe. He doesn’t want the indexed ETF’s heavy exposure to commodity calls in energy, nor to pharmaceuticals beholden to government spending cuts. [Brendan Conway, Focus on Funds]

Do Absolute-Return Mutual Funds Have Absolute Returns?

Compared with ordinary equity funds, absolute-return funds have much higher fees and turnover. They perform worse than their hedge fund counterparts. Overall, the results indicate that investors seeking absolute returns using mutual funds are likely to be disappointed. [Christopher Clifford, Bradford Jordan, and Timothy Brandon Riley, Institutional Investor Journal]

Investors Bet Against the Yen

Investors are piling into bets against the yen, taking another run at a trade that proved lucrative for some of the industry’s biggest money managers earlier this year. [Mia Lamar, The Wall Street Journal]

Brian Fox on Spotting Fraud in Companies

Voices is an occasional column that allows wealth managers to address issues of interest to the advisory community. Brian Fox is founder of Nashville, Tenn.-based Capital Confirmation, Inc. [Wealth Advisor, The Wall Street Journal]

Private equity firms brace for ‘mafia’ style scrutiny

US financial regulators are turning their sights on private equity firms after winning a string of legal cases against hedge funds… [Madison Marriage, FT]

Misc

 

Fletcher fund like ‘Ponzi scheme’

Fletcher’s master hedge fund, Fletcher International, which filed for bankruptcy protection in June 2012, was a fraud with “many of the characteristics of a Ponzi scheme,” according to a bombshell report. [Michelle Celarier, New York Post]

The GSElevator Guide to Bar Etiquette

As John Carney pointed out on Business Insider, stop pulling out your credit card for one drink. You’re not only wasting the bartender’s time and delaying his tip by at least a week, you’re slowing shit down for the rest of us. Go to an ATM and pay the fee they charge you to not waste everyone else’s money. [gselevator]

Shiller and Gundlach Size Up the World

At first glance, Robert Shiller and Jeffrey Gundlach make an odd pair. Shiller, recently awarded the Nobel Prize in economics for his “empirical analysis of asset prices,” is soft-spoken and has the professorial demeanor befitting a Yale academic. [Lawrence C. Strauss, Barron’s]

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Child taken from womb by social services

Social workers in Britain obtained a court order to have a pregnant Italian woman forcibly sedated so her child could be removed from her womb without her consent.[Colin Freeman, The Guardian]