Leases great and small (Microfinancial)

January 25, 2010

I was reading a book about structured finance lately, which talked about the enormous advances that have been made in leasing. It is possible, through these companies and their special purpose entities to arrange the leasing of an entire factory and its contents, for years, without recording any of it as a liability or, worse, […]


A counter-blast to game theory

January 14, 2010

I recently purchased Value Investing by Montier. It’s an interesting book, but it seems to focus more on behavioral finance issues and value investing philosophy than actual techniques. Now, of course, no one describes their investing style as “behavioral finance,” but to a large degree every investment philosophy depends on exploiting some mistake that most […]


Another book value bargain: Coast Distribution Systems Inc. (CRV)

January 3, 2010

I have spoken highly in the past of a stock selling for less than its net working capital with the additional criterion that the firm be profitable. On top of the attractiveness of the stock recovering at least to its asset value, the net working capital level serves as a price floor, thus reducing the […]