Uses & Misuses of Ben Graham-Style Investing


This week’s AAII Weekly Digest highlights these “must-read” AAII articles:

  • Uses and Misuses of Ben Graham-Style Investing: Deep value investing has outperformed the market averages over long periods of time, so why wouldn’t everyone with a long time horizon embrace it? While all investors strive toward essentially the same goal—to make money in the market—their paths may differ considerably. The historical success of an approach means little if an investor cannot understand or embrace the underlying drivers of success. While Benjamin Graham is considered the father of value investing, it turns out that Benjamin Graham-style investing may be appropriate for a relatively small subset of the investment community as it requires an unusual willingness to stand alone, persevere and look foolish.
  • Investing’s Odd Couple: Value and Momentum: For value investors, the sweet spot in investing is being able to buy an undervalued stock right before its value is recognized by the market and just before its stock price begins to take off. But how can a value investor tell when a stock is in the sweet spot? The answer is to identify stocks with good value that are just starting to exhibit good technical/momentum characteristics.
  • Value Averaging Spreadsheet: While the goal of most investors is to buy low and sell high, some of us have the uncanny knack of doing just the opposite—buying at the very peak and selling at the very bottom. The market moves up and down, and very few investors have demonstrated the ability to consistently predict where it is headed over a long period of time. One way to counteract the fluctuations of the market, thereby reducing timing risk, is to follow a “formula strategy” that mechanically guides your investing. One such strategy is value averaging, where you set the value of your investment holding to increase by a fixed amount or percentage each period. This spreadsheet is designed to help you implement your own value averaging strategy
  • Are All Earnings Surprises Equal?: Statistics show that companies are generally beating their EPS targets with ease, but we are not really getting positive stock price reactions from these positive earnings surprises. Positive earnings surprises occur when actual reported earnings are significantly above forecasted earnings per share. Negative earnings surprises occur when reported earnings per share are significantly below the earnings expectations. Often, missing the analysts’ estimate by a few cents can send a stock price down sharply, while the opposite happens with an earnings beat. AAII’s president, John Bajkowski, discusses the findings of noted investor and author David Dreman and the impact of earnings surprises on stock prices.

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