Large Cap Core Funds: Growth Funds in Hiding?
US Large Cap Core Funds: Historical Weights at Various Levels of Valuations - To summarize, historically, investors in large cap core index funds had the bulk of their money invested in stocks with reasonable valuations with negligible exposure to stocks valued over 10x price to sales.
“Enroned” an Update On High Prices & Low Quality Stocks
The phrase “I got Enroned” has entered the investing lexicon recently. KCR believes the term is slang to describe the losses being incurred by investors in stocks with indefensible valuations and low-quality accounting. This piece updates our January work identifying the stocks most like Enron today.
MO Stock PE Ratio Offers Cash Backed Income
Beginning in March of 2021, KCR’s quantitative research has provided consistent evidence that Staples and Energy stocks present investors with the opportunity to buy companies of high quality for unusually low prices. Subsequent to our evidence-based models’ endorsement, we engaged in a fundamental review of both sectors and the specific stocks our models favored. Steeped in academic research done by the most respected names in behavioral finance, our models continue to advocate for select securities in both sectors. Our fundamental overlay continues to validate those findings.
Asset Allocation in Bear Markets
Asset Allocators & The Need for Discipline - The chart below shows the compound return spread from investing in the Russell 1000 Growth Index less an equal investment in the Russell 1000 Value Index.
Carvana Investor Relations: A Tough Slog Ahead?
First, an important note: We have no beneficial interest for or against Carvana. Carvana has been panned by us here, here, and here, by Grant’s Interest Rate Observer, Seeking Alpha, Medium and by numerous other skilled and historically informed investors. On January 7th of this year, Carvana was the lead out stock in our “Enron look-alikes” list based on a proprietary KCR screen designed to….identify Enrons.
Vanguard Small Cap Index Fund: The Myth of Low Cost Indexing
A warning to long-time readers: we are about to agree with Elon Musk and Cathie Woods on something. They have come out against index funds due to the belief that they deprive investors of winners like Tesla (Ms. Woods) and that they have too much voting power (Mr. Musk).
SBC Finance: An Update on the Absurd
The Real Cost of Stock Based Compensation Expense -- Stock Based Compensation (“SBC”) doesn’t matter for investors (and employees/employers) until it is ALL that matters.
Anatomy of a Bear Market: Violent Volatility
A Quick Review of Equity Market Declines Post Bubble Peaks - Brutal end to Q1 for investors who buy cheap stocks, quality stocks, or some mix of the two. Quick review.
Is EOG’s Stock Price Heading Higher?
Is EOG A Good Stock to Buy? The chart below shows the performance of natural gas and crude oil exploration and production firm EOG Resources over the last 3 years. Since the stock’s trough in October of 2020, it has risen over 250%, triggering behavioral errors that often give investors the feeling that they “missed” a stock after it rises that much.
Warren Buffett on Love: How to Measure Success
To long-time friends of KCR we are “breaking cadence” this Friday. Instead of a chart about stocks we found this three-minute video moving and thought it might resonate with others. KCR and our research team wish everyone a wonderful weekend.
Survivorship Bias Free Stock Data is Critical to Investors
Before we show you how quality and reasonable valuations are the breeding grounds of greatness, let’s talk about a common analytical error. When analyzing stocks and investment strategies, using bias-free data is a basic and critical first step. For a beautiful explanation, we guide you to Teddy Koker, a researcher at MIT’s Lincoln Labs, elegant walk-through, complete with programming instructions. For those interested in a less complex example, this post is for you.
Hillenbrand Investor Relations has an Incredible Story…
(And nobody is listening, hence the opportunity). Hillenbrand 60 Second Summary: • $3.5bn market cap • Double digit earnings growth • 2% dividend yield • Authorization to buy-back 10% of shares outstanding. • 11% FCF Yield so could buy that stock back from ongoing FCF • Founded in 1906 – longevity • If management just avoids making an expensive acquisition, this stock can deliver significant growth & cash returns to shareholders