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Countering the Narrative About Value

by: Lawrence Hamtil  on Monday, December 04, 2017

There have recently been a slew of articles about how value investing has lost its edge.  Some have argued that the value premium has been arbitraged away by investors, while a few have claimed that perhaps a new era has arrived during which growth investing will be in favor.   Read More

The Annoying Capex vs Buybacks Narrative

by: Lawrence Hamtil  on Monday, November 27, 2017

The historical outperformance of companies that return capital to shareholders tax efficiently through buybacks is no mystery.  It is, in fact, a well-documented and thoroughly analyzed phenomenon.  However, there exists a tired but persistent narrative that says that CEOs who engage in buybacks are 'out of ideas,' and are content merely to cannibalize their future growth for "short-term" rewards.  The corollary to that narrative is that investors would instead be better off investing in companies that focus on investing in the future via large capital expenditures, or "capex" spending. Read More

Productive vs Unproductive Behavior

by: Lawrence Hamtil  on Friday, November 17, 2017

Having recently engaged in a little self-reflection about my productive and unproductive habits, I thought I would share with my readers what I think are constructive habits, and which habits are counterproductive at best.  Here are a few: Read More