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Apple Earnings Scratch Notes

Apple reported earnings yesterday. My main takeaways: 1.4 billion installed devices (continues to grow)900 million installed iPhones (up from 825 million a year ago, and this number grew in all five major geographic territories)Services business is very profitable:...

Boring Investment Ideas Can Sometimes Be Beautiful

Matt made a comment in a recent post regarding Verisign’s simplicity. Not just the simplicity with its business model (and it is one of the simplest businesses I’ve ever studied), but also the simplicity of the investment itself. In other words, owning Verisign is a...

Great Companies on Sale

Happy Holidays to all our BHI readers! I hope you are enjoying some family time this week. As I sat around my Christmas tree last night after all the presents were opened and the kids were in bed, I was jotting down a few quick thoughts I wanted to share. There are...

Facebook’s User Network and User Data

Facebook’s strengths rest in two very distinct areas: the user network and user data. If you want to determine whether Facebook is healthy, you need to ignore the headlines and focus on these two aspects. Is the user network still intact? Is the user data still...

Update on Match and Tinder

When I first wrote about Tinder’s parent company, Match, I believed there were two risks. I know I made a mistake with the first risk, and I believe there are lessons to be learned from both risks I identified. First, Tinder operates a freemium network user business...

Burgers, Fries and Shakes

Shake Shack (“Shak”) is a burger joint that is much more than a burger joint. It’s tough to describe if you haven’t eaten there. At the end of 2018, Shak will have about 123 domestic (U.S.) company-owned locations and about 85 Licensed Shacks (the majority of the...

VRSN Follow-Up

VRSN reported their quarterly results last night with a brief 30 minute conference call (you could also read the transcript in about half that time).  The remarkable thing about VRSN is really how unremarkable it is. The business is highly focused on managing the .com...

Sears and Follow Up on Buffett’s Ability to Avoid Complexity

Sears finally filed for bankruptcy earlier this week. Over the weekend, I was rereading some of the notes I’ve taken over the years on Sears. It’s been an interesting situation to watch. I sometimes wonder if Lampert has ever estimated what has become a monumental...

Buffett’s Most Underrated Investment Trait

I am still doing some research on a number of companies in the residential housing space, and I’ll write more about my thoughts here as they develop. This post will have some brief general thoughts related to a post I wrote last week on the GSE’s: Investor Sentiment...

Alibaba is Cheap, and Altaba Makes it Cheaper

I have been buying shares of Altaba (AABA) over the last couple weeks. Altaba is the leftover stub that used to be Yahoo. It is now basically a holding company that owns stock in Alibaba. The NAV of AABA trades for a sizable discount to their stake in BABA. And even...