Category: Investing

Dividend Investing: Don’t Be Fooled By Your Dividend Bias – Marginal Rate Of Return/Incremental Return

This article covers these topics: Why dividend investing is not necessarily the most efficient way to compound capital. Dividends are paid out of book value, but usually reinvested above book value. Why accept to receive a dividend at book value when you can for example sell shares at two times book value? Where is the best place for your capital?

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The Foolishness Of Dividend Investing

This is a very short article based on two much longer articles: Don’t be fooled by your dividend bias – sell shares to create “income” Dividend investing: Don’t be fooled by your dividend bias – marginal rate of return/incremental return Don’t be fooled by your dividend bias: DRIP is inferior to internal compounding On the 30th of April 2020 Royal

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Why The Nordic Stock Markets Have Outperformed The Global Markets

The Nordic/Scandinavian region gets lots of coverage for their welfare models and statistical happiness, but perhaps lesser known is that its stock markets have performed really well over the last 50 years. I define the Nordics as Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland and Iceland (Scandinavia is Norway, Sweden and Denmark). The languages are related and easy to understand between each other,

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A Long-Term Investor Wants The Share Price To Trade Around Intrinsic Value

Let’s assume you buy Disney at 100 and one year later it trades at 130. A 30% return in one year, isn’t that great! Some time ago I used to cheer when my stocks rose to new highs. It felt great to count the paper profit but as a long-term investor this logic is irrational. Why? Because the only time

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A Leveraged, Capital Intensive, Competitive and Cyclical Business Is Fragile (Some Thoughts On Fragility Vs. Antifragility)

Fragile – handle with care: Fragile is defined as an object easily broken or damaged. When you order something online that is fragile it most likely is labelled as “handle with care”. The reason is pretty obvious: it can’t sustain shocks, knocks, beating or being dropped to the ground.  It easily breaks apart. The opposite is antifragile: Antifragile – do

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Don’t Be Fooled By Your Dividend Bias – Sell Shares To Get “Income”

Introduction and summary: My idea with this article is to show that dividends are simply return of shareholders’ capital (a partial liquidation), exactly the same as selling the equivalent number of shares to create “income”. Admittedly, selling shares to support consumption feels a little like sawing off the branch I’m sitting on. Strangely enough, why doesn’t it feel the same about a

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Owner-Managers/Operators, Inside Ownership And Share Performance

Family businesses are all around us: the local pizza-shop on the corner, the auto dealership, the small local newspaper or your web-domain provider. They are all most likely run and owned by the founder or a small group of people – often a family. These owners have a real passion for their business and are not afraid of working outside

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Taxes And Compounding

To shelter your savings from taxation while building your nest egg is extremely important. I believe this is pretty obvious for most investors, but I suspect it’s still neglected because the headwind takes about ten years to really make a difference. Unless you have a tax-sheltered account you will take a beating whenever you receive a dividend or sell a

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Famous Quotes By Warren Buffett

I believe Buffet’s annual letters are an invaluable source of investment knowledge. I recently reread all of them, in addition to rereading Lawrence Cunningham’s The Essays Of Warren Buffett – Lessons For Investors And Managers, a book containing excerpts from all the annual letters.  I have read the annual letters a few times, but I keep rereading them  at 2-3

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Stocks, Investing, Real Estate, Charlie Munger And Inverse Thinking

Charlie Munger likes to think inversely. Inverse thinking simply means focusing on the things you don’t want to happen. Munger didn’t invent this concept, but he has made it immensely popular. While Munger turns the question on its head, he touches upon a very important aspect: how to avoid mistakes. Why does inverse thinking help? Munger says inverse thinking avoids

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My Favorite Quotes from Atul Gawande’s The Checklist Manifesto

Some weeks ago I published an article about what investors and traders can learn from Atul Gawande’s The Checklist Manifesto. I like to take notes when I read (see my notes  on the pic to the left, excuse my eight-year old handwriting). I believe this is a fantastic resource to revert to later. Better, though, is reading a good book

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What Investors And Traders Can Learn From Atul Gawande’s The Checklist Manifesto

This weekend I reread The Checklist Manifesto, a book published in 2010, which argues the case for a systematic approach to our daily work as professionals. Below you find arguments for why I believe a checklist should be a part of the toolkit of any aspiring speculator or investor. Both Charlie Munger and Warren Buffett use checklists. Buffett has a

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Some Valuable Quotes From Nassim Nicholas Taleb

I reread all of Nassim Nicholas Taleb’s books in October 2019 (except The Bed of Procrustes, which I have not ordered yet). I strongly recommend all his books, both for insights in your “everyday” life or “trading/investment” life. His books have made a huge impact on how I view the world and how I invest. While reading I wrote down

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Why I Don’t Recommend P2P And Crowdfunding

Crowdfunding/p2p is a relatively new asset class and has increased in popularity over the last five years. To my knowledge the biggest market, UK, at one point had 12% (?) of the lending market served by crowdfunding. But before you dip your toe in the crowdfunding water you should carefully evaluate if this is for you. My advice: be very,

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