Beware of the Cyclical Stock Value Trap Says Katsenelson

Beware of the Cyclical Stock Value Trap Says Katsenelson

 By Vitaly Katsenelson CFA, author of The Little Book of Sideways MarketsActive Value Investing and Chief Investment Officer at Investment Management Associates, Inc (IMA), a value investment firm based in Denver, Colorado. Vitaliy’s website is Contrarian Edge 

With the split between the improving U.S. economy and the weakness in the rest of the world getting ever wider, even as markets rally, it’s more important than ever to position your portfolio in the right sectors. According to value investor Vitaliy Katsenelson, author of “The Little Book of Sideways Markets,” the risk facing investors is falling into “value traps” in the form of the deep cyclicals.




About the Author

VitalyKatsenelson
I was born and raised in Murmansk, Russia (the home for Russia’s northern navy fleet, think Tom Clancy’s Red October). I immigrated to the US from Russia in 1991 with all my family – my three brothers, my father, and my stepmother. (Here is a link to a more detailed story of how my family emigrated from Russia.) My professional career is easily described in one sentence: I invest, I educate, I write, and I could not dream of doing anything else. Here is a slightly more detailed curriculum vitae: I am Chief Investment Officer at Investment Management Associates, Inc (IMA), a value investment firm based in Denver, Colorado. After I received my graduate and undergraduate degrees in finance (cum laude, but who cares) from the University of Colorado at Denver, and finished my CFA designation (three years of my life that are a vague recollection at this point), I wanted to keep learning. I figured the best way to learn is to teach. At first I taught an undergraduate class at the University of Colorado at Denver and later a graduate investment class at the same university that I designed based on my day job. Currently I am on sabbatical from teaching for a while. I found that the university classroom was not big enough for me, so I started writing and, let’s be honest, I needed to let my genetically embedded Russian sarcasm out. I’ve written articles for the Financial Times, Barron’s, BusinessWeek, Christian Science Monitor, New York Post, Institutional Investor … and the list goes on. I was profiled in Barron’s, and have been interviewed by Value Investor Insight, Welling@Weeden, BusinessWeek, BNN, CNBC, and countless radio shows. Finally, my biggest achievement – well actually second biggest; I count quitting smoking in 1992 as the biggest – I’ve authored the Little Book of Sideways Markets (Wiley, 2010) and Active Value Investing (Wiley, 2007).