Categories of Investments and a Current Idea

In a recent note to my investors, I described three different categories of investments. I’m going to describe an investment idea from the third category very briefly at the end of the post, but first I’ll describe these three types of investments. From a...

Berkshire’s Incremental Returns on Capital

I've written a lot about returns on capital, especially the importance of the returns a company gets on incremental retained earnings. The "returns on incremental capital" are critical in determining the ability of a business to compound its value. I recently did a...

Phil Fisher’s Insight

I’m re-reading Phil Fisher's book Common Stocks and Uncommon Profits this weekend. I haven't read the book since 2006 and I noticed it on my shelf and decided to revisit it. I've always liked his common sense approach to investing for the long-term. He talks about how...

Advertising Dominance

I reviewed a number of "small tech" companies over the past week (Big Tech: FB, AMZN, GOOG, AAPL all reported earnings last week). I wrote some notes that touched on a couple of these small tech firms, but I as I read earnings report after earnings report from...