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I'm an investment strategist specializing in rules-based equity and ETF investing strategies, with particular emphasis on small-cap equities. I believe the most promising ideas are those that are off the beaten track, far from the glare of day-to-day investment headlines and that these can ... more

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Using Market Sentiment To Grab A Yield-Hunting Edge
Stereotypically, the typical equity-income investor is seen as a stodgy sort, someone who frets if a dividend payout ratio rises above, say 40% or if debt winds up accounting for more than half of a company’s capital.
Warren Buffett Says Book Value Lost Its Relevance. “I Object!”
In the eyes of many, Book Value (BV), the metric traditionally favored by academicians as an anchor for the much revered albeit-lately-poorly-performing value factor, was sort-of pronounced dead on February 23, 2019.
Getting Creative In The Hunt For Yield
Interest rates remain near historically low levels. This is great for the economy and the financial markets.
Finding Buyable Stocks In A Market That Has Already Rallied
The stock market has charted something of a “V” pattern since early December, with the bottom point having occurred around Christmas. And right now, the S&P 500 is within a whisker of the early December high.
Value Pushes Back Against The Bear
Those who thought Value is dead probably had a rotten January, at least if they acted on such assumptions.
Bloomberg Says Quants Aren’t Adding Up. I Say Bull - If They’re Legit
Quant investing is not magic. It’s the application of objectivity, discipline, and systemization to a very challenging task and its merit lies in the notion of a sensible process that can better serve investors.
Value “Investing” Always Works Even When The Value “Factor” Falters
Investing based solely on the value factor makes no more sense than investing buying a home based solely on the price (and without looking at any characteristics of the home).
EC A Style-Based Approach To Market Meteorology
Where is the stock market going? Up Down? Sideways? We devote considerable time and resources to seeking answers despite the reality that few among us, if any, can give consistently reliable answers to such questions.
Quanta Services: A Personable Infrastructure Play
PWR is an infrastructure play that has good fundamentals, and despite a recent negative earnings surprises, now looks to be gaining enough support in the stock market to transition from bearish to bullish.
Profiting From Changes In Stock Personality
Do stocks have personalities? Yes, they do, and we all know it even though we may not explicitly use that language when we think or talk about stocks.
Conservative Investors: Step Up!
There’s no shortage of market indicators out there, even sentiment indicators. Most are based, if not on survey or economic bean counting, on price and volume.
Should Conservative Investors Take The Paper Bags Off Their Heads?
There are many ways to measure risk-taking versus avoidance in the market.
Mr. Market Seems Asleep When It Comes To American Axel Post-2016
Axel has been working to diversify its customer base and has accomplished quite a bit due to successful efforts to do more business in Europe and China.
“Small-Cap Value” Is Not Just Value With A Smaller Size Filter
In an ideal market, a higher price (P/E) will be associated with a better company.
HD Supply, Short On Glamor, Long On Growth Potential, Yes On Value
At first glance, buildings-supplies distributor HD doesn’t look like any sort of value stock at all.
CACI International: A Good I.T. Defense Contractor With A Favorably Value Stock
Stocks with low tallies for P/E and other traditional valuation ratios are a dime a dozen.
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