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Boring Monopoly Still a Boring Monopoly: VRSN Update

VRSN Earnings Update: 2/10/17: No news is good news with most companies and Verisign (VRSN) is no different.  There is no real news this quarter.  As we first discussed, Verisign is a solid single, in baseball parlance, that has potential to turn into a double,...

Apple’s Key Competitive Advantage

We can’t compete head to head with Apple. There is a branding issue: Apple is premium…” –a high-level source at Lab126, Amazon’s code name for its Fire Phone project The above quote is taken from an excellent Fast Company article which I’d encourage you to read. It is...

Bank Valuations: Some Updated Thoughts

I just realized that the titles of my posts are not nearly as catchy as Matt's.... In fact, my wife said they are boring. I'll work on that. I've always felt the titles were explanatory, but apparently they lack the pizzazz that some readers desire (or, as I would...

Can You Guess How Much I Weigh?

“You don’t have to know a man’s exact weight to know that he’s fat.” – Ben Graham With this particular company, it is certainly tough to know exactly how much it is worth, but I have enough confidence to know that it is undervalued.  We did, however, want to get a...