Value Investing Resources
Berkshire Hathaway: Links to the Chairman’s Annual Letters to Shareholders, press releases, Charlie Munger’s Letters to Wesco Shareholders, the Berkshire Owner’s Manual, and much more.
Damodaran Online: Professor Aswath Damodaran, Professor of Finance at NYU’s Stern School of Business, shares a wealth of educational material. Here, you will find entire courses, books, spreadsheets, research papers, and more dealing with the topic of security valuation.
Graham and Doddsville Newsletter: The Graham and Doddsville Newsletter is published three times annually by the students of Columbia Business School. Feature stories include interviews with noted value investors, and coverage of Columbia Business School events including the Annual Graham and Dodd Breakfast, the Columbia Investment Management Association Conference and The Pershing Square Challenge. (While the editor of this blog is a founding editor of this newsletter, there is no affiliation between the two.)
Outstanding Investor Digest: OID was once the place to learn from legendary SuperInvestors. As I understand, the number of issues published has dwindled. I read old issues whenever I can get my hands on them. You can find some free excerpts and interviews here.
The Ben Graham Center for Value Investing: The mission of the Centre is to research, teach, apply and promote the style of investing developed by Benjamin Graham in the early 1930s, referred to as Value Investing. The site contains a wealth of information about value investing, including video lectures with several value investing legends including Walter Schloss, Marty Whitman, Irving Kahn, and more.
The Heilbrunn Center for Graham and Dodd Investing: The Heilbrunn Center for Graham & Dodd Investing was established in 2001 to ensure a permanent home for value investing at the Columbia Business School. Columbia Business School was the birthplace of the value approach, and today the Heilbrunn Center is helping educate a new generation of value investors.
Value Investor Insight: This monthly publication, created by Whitney Tilson and John Heins, seems to pick up where the dwindling number of OID issues leaves off. While VII requires a subscription, the interviews, insights and investment ideas from the world’s top value investors that are packed into each monthly issue make it well worth the price.
Value Investment Institute: A website set up by a group of Investment professionals & asset managers all of whom share the core belief that value investment, has the greatest chance of delivering strong performance over the long term.
Wesco Financial Corp: Links to Charlie Munger’s Annual Letters to Shareholders.
The Superinvestors of Graham and Doddsville by Warren Buffett
Buffett Partnership Letters(1959 – 1969) by Warren Buffett
Berkshire Hathaway Annual Shareholder Letters (1977 – present) by Warren Buffett
Graham Newman Partnership Letters by Benjamin Graham
Value Investing and Behavioral Finance by Christopher Browne
Oaktree Capital: Memos From Our Chairman by Howard Marks
Benjamin Graham once quipped that if someone doesn’t understand value investing within 5 minutes, they never will. Below are several articles/sites that I believe do a great job at explaining value investing.
Distressed Debt Investing: “This blog will try to dissect distressed debt investing, up and down the capital structure. We will look at current distressed debt situations, try to explain the ins and outs of how decisions are made in the distressed debt world, probably rant a few times about positions that are working against me, and hopefully enlighten some readers.”
Poor Man’s Mosaic: Before Mohnish Pabrai wrote The Dhandho Investor in 2007, he wrote a book called “Mosaic: Perspectives on Investing.” The book, which is now out of print, and sells for over $200, was a compilation of essays written by Mr. Pabrai and published over time on different websites. Value Investing News has recreated the book by posting links to almost all of the original essays.
Tilson Funds: Whitney Tilson has become known in the value world as co-editor of Value Investing Insight, organizer of the annual Value Investing Congress, and co-manager of T2 Funds. His website contains links to many valuable VI resources.
“What We Value” by Whitney Tilson (via Kiplinger.com)
Corner of Berkshire & Fairfax Message Board : While this site is a public message board, the discussions of ideas, investors, and the application of value investing is of the highest level.
Dataroma: This is one of the better sites that track the 13F filings of SuperInvestors.
Gurufocus.com: Gurufocus follows the 13F filings of a select list of SuperInvestors. It is a great resource for ideas as well as articles about value investing.
Hedge Fund Letters Blog: This site looks like it is just getting underway. There are links to some great resources on some great funds, although the actual fund letters are sparse. It looks like this is a site to keep an eye on.
InsiderTrading.org: was created to be the source for insider trading data and information. This financial site provides insider buying and insider selling data in real-time.
J3 Information Services Group: A free site (with registration) that provides a large amount of useful information in insider/institutional transactions.
Magic Formula Investing: Based on Joel Greenblatt’s The Little Book that Beats the Market, the Magic Formula site will produce a list of stocks that pass the magic formula, given a set of parameters you can define.
Manual of Ideas: This relatively new resource from John Mihaljevic, CFA is excellent. John offers several newsletters that include screens, investment ideas, interviews, and portfolio reviews of some of the world’s top value investors. This resources requires a fee, which varies by publication, but the ideas that result will likely pay for the cost.
MergerInvesting.com: A current list of publicly announced mergers along with any arbitrage profit potential.
Online Investor Stock Buyback: A resource of companies that have announced stock buybacks.
Stock Spinoffs: A great blog that focuses on spinoffs.
The Value Guys (podcast): The value guys are two anonymous research analysts who record a weekly podcast reviewing their favorite stocks from Value Line.
Value Line: If you ever wondered how Walter Schloss achieved returns that stunned Buffett, visit Value Line. As I have heard first-hand, Schloss, who didn’t want to spend the money for his own subscription, used to grab copies from his office mate – Tweedy Browne.
Value Investors Club: VIC is a members-only site where participants share their top value ideas. Non-members can access parts of the site on a 45 or 90 day delay.
Best Blogs for Idea Generation:
ShadowStock… Deep Value, Contrarian Investing
The Research Process
FundingUniverse.com: A site for angel investors that also has the company history for thousands of companies. A great place to begin the process.
Morningstar Stocks: Morningstar is traditionally known for their mutual fund analysis. In fact, Morningstar also has a team dedicated to equity research. I find this site helpful for both looking at financial data and getting a good background on a business. The actual analyst reports require a paid subscription. They claim to use a value-oriented philosophy. While better than most sellside/independent research, I still find them to be a bit too short-term oriented. You can also find excellent interviews with fund managers, as well as the holdings of almost any mutual fund.
SEC – EDGAR: is the official SEC database for all public company filings.
SEC Filingings.com: is an absolutely fantastic alternative to EDGAR. SECFilings.com provides neatly formatted filings in both Word and PDF formats. The site also allows you to create alerts for specific filings, or for all filings for a certain company. Best of all, the site is absolutely free with registration!
Seeking Alpha Transcripts Center: It was not that long ago that investors needed a paid subscription in order to access company conference call transcripts. Now, thanks to Seeking Alpha, a tremendous amount of call transcripts are available for free! Seeking Alpha is primarily an aggregator of some of the best financial blog posts on the internet, but I think that it is the transcription service that makes this site invaluable.
CrocTail: Diggs deep to extract information about corporations and their subsidiaries.
ZoomInfo: is a fantastic site for scuttlebutt research. You can look people up by name, industry, or company and get their contact information. I have cold called many ex-employees of companies I am researching. While the site has a free component, more detailed information requires a subscription.
Base Hit Investing
Cove Street Capital
Distressed Debt Investor
Farnam Street Blog
Fat Pitch Financials
Margin of Safety
Old School Value
Punch Card Research
Reminiscences of a Stockblogger
Shadow Stock: Deep Value Micro-Cap Stocks
The Acquirer’s Multiple
The Brooklyn Investor
The Research Puzzle
Understanding and Applying Value Investing
V. Katsnelson’s Contrarian Edge
Value Investing World
Wide Moat Investing
Warren Buffett Related Sites
Buffett FAQ: A compendium of Q&As with Warren Buffett. What I think really makes this site special is that all of the answers (or at least those I have read) are sourced.
Warren Buffett Watch: CNBC keeping track of America’s billionaire next door.
Value Oriented Investors
(with valuable websites/blogs)
Burgundy Asset Management Blog
Other Interesting Value Sites
Futile Finance: Lots of Warren Buffett / Charlie Munger links and resources.
Archive – Inactive Blogs & Websites
Accounting Observer Public Blog
A Ship in the Harbor is Safe…
Above Average Odds Investing
David Hiu Lau’s Blog
Focus on Value Investing
Fund of Well-Conceived Investments
The Inoculated Investor
Joe Ponzio’s FWall Street
Long Term Value Blog
Mike Rivers’ Blog
Sham Gad on Value Investing
Thoughts on Value Investing and Related Matters
CAP@Columbia: This is a site maintained by two Columbia Business School Faculty members and SuperInvestors Michael Mauboussin and Paul Johnson. The site is an excellent resource on topics such as value investing, behavioral finance, return on invested capital, and more.