Some Loose Leaf Notes on Earnings

"Earnings season" is very rarely any different for me than most other times of the year. One of the great things about owning quality companies is that they tend to be more predictable, and require far less maintenance. Not a lot changes from quarter to quarter. That...

Facebook’s Adaptability to Change

I wanted to share some quick thoughts on Facebook. Someone leaked the audio of a meeting at the company where Mark Zuckerberg took questions from various employees on a variety of matters. The Verge published the transcript of the Q&A, and the entire article is...

The Fear About Low Rates

It's common sense that if you are lending money to someone for a decade, you are naturally going to want a higher interest rate than if you lend to someone who promises to pay you back in a few months. However, on certain occasions a strange phenomenon occurs: lenders...

Wells Fargo’s Big Buyback

Last week, the Federal Reserve published the results of their annual Comprehensive Capital Analysis and Review (CCAR). The CCAR and its cousin, the Dodd-Frank Act stress tests, are a big portion of the regulatory framework that the Fed uses to supervise the big banks...

Wells Fargo: Unexciting Stock but Exciting Risk-Reward

I have spent a lot of time over the years discussing the large US banks. I've invested in them on a two different occasions over the past five years, and I think we are at a time where opportunity is knocking yet again. This time, I'm investing in Wells Fargo. I did a...

Google, Apple, and Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia, if it were a business, would be considered a cash cow. In fact, Saudi Aramco, the country’s oil company that was once a joint venture with one of Rockefeller’s Standard Oil descendants but was nationalized decades ago, is the most profitable business in...