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...

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...

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...

Widely-Followed Stocks and Apple Update

I feel like I've talked a lot in the past year or so about the idea that even well-known companies can get misplaced. One of the posts I wrote was about the concept of edge. Most people focus on trying to gain an information advantage, which I believe is the most...

Buffett’s Blind Spot

I started re-reading Snowball over the holidays.  If you haven't read it, you should and if you haven't read it in a few years, 2018 might be a good time to pick it up again.  I joke with John that reading Snowball annually is similar to a Christian re-reading the...