CSG Systems – Servicer to the Greats

July 28, 2011

There are many routes to becoming a successful company. The standard one is to provide a desirable product to customers at a profitable price. However, another highly effective approach is to provide an essential service to other companies that are engaged in the above action. CSG Systems International (CSGS) has adopted the latter approach, by […]


Real Mex misses interest payment

July 21, 2011

I have to say that I’m surprised how quickly things happen. My comments on the Real Mex bonds, which have been up for barely two days, seem sort of quaint now that the major ratings agencies have issued a cut on the grounds that the company has announced missing an interest payment. As I stated […]


Real Mex bonds: High yield and robust

July 20, 2011

UPDATE: On the night of July 20, 2011 the company informed the major ratings agencies that it did in fact miss the latest interest payment on the bonds. As I stated below, the cash flows to the company are sufficient to support the ultimate value of the bonds, but now that value is likely to […]


Acxiom (ACXM) – The Nerds of Marketing

July 9, 2011

Acxiom, a company that is very difficult to pronounce, is a large marketing consulting firm, with a specialty in data mining. The firm uses customer data gathered from clients, and its own proprietary database, to develop a multi-channel marketing strategy (e-mail, web advertising, mobile advertising, and direct mail, among others) for clients. Acxiom claims to […]


Gaming Partners International (GPIC) – An attractive opportunity in casino suppliers

July 1, 2011
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The comparisons between Wall Street and a casino predate the current financial situation by decades. I, of course, have an interest in casinos of all kinds, as shown by my approval of various Indian casino bonds. And now, I have found an enticing opportunity in a casino supplier. Gaming Partners International (GPIC) is the largest […]