Biases, biases, biases

Biases are everywhere in life and to improve as an investor, knowing about our biases is the crucial first step before tackling them and improving our investment process. Here I will provide a list of biases

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Relationships are the most important thing in life! Value investors care about (the price-value) relationship too!

Last year, many of us have experienced that living our lives without other people is pretty dull. And hopefully 2021 will bring back all the strongly missed personal interactions! Many of us want nothing more than to do all the usual things taken for granted: visit restaurants, having a drink or two, going to a party and on vacation, or just spending time with people you like. Relationships are key!

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A General Risk Framework

According to academia, the cost of equity can be calculated using the CAPM, a central model to modern financial theory. But even Damodaran critizes this as a statistical approach usually considered too narrowly. Damodaran tends to and recommends to think about business risk in a more general sense first, without applying sophisticated and data-heavy statistical methods (which might have its place).

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My initial Thoughts on Competitive Advantages and Economic Moats

Moats were useful in ancient times to defend a castle from adversaries. It is defensive work that makes it harder for attackers to infiltrate the caste. (Economic) Moat is an expression used in the domain of value investing describing specific features protecting a business from competitors.

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The Importance of Position Sizing and Trade Execution Rules – Have You thought enough about it?

Risk management needs strict rules. To limit potential harm from our emotions, errors and bad luck, the introduction and adherence to specific position limits and execution rules are very important. I am going to discuss some rules you might find useful below …

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Softbank Group: Do I Want to Buy More, Hold or Sell?

SoftBank Group (SBG) reported its earnings results for FY2019 on Monday (May 18, 2020), including record losses — mostly driven by adjusting the value of its investments like WeWork and Uber, downwards. Son announced another share buy back program and that SoftBank would invest in startups on its own, since finding outside investors for SVF sequels is unlikely. Time to update my sum-of-the-parts valuation…

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Am I a Gambler🎲? And Striking Similarities between Gambling and Investing!

During the current corona crisis I interpret the ongoing social distancing measures quite strictly for myself. Meaning, I have not meet friends for dinner or for a drink or anything else (besides for a running) in real live for a few weeks now and! it! sucks!. So, I had to come up with a better solution for my evenings than watching TV each day …

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DCF Valuation Framework

This post describes the handling of leasing liabilities and leasing expenses wihtin the concept of discounted cashflow or DCF valuation. It is a follow-up post after IFRS 16 – Leases and What is Debt?, answering the question of How to Capture Lease Payments into Perpetuity. But first, I do a quick Introduction to DCF Valuations to get a better understanding of the topic.

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What is Debt?

As announced in my previous post about IFRS 16 Leases, this follow-up post dicusses the question of What is Debt? . First, I describe common Features of Debt and Leasing Liabilities as well as answering Why to treat them as Debt. Then I discuss What Items to include in Debt and How to calculate Net Debt. Finally I give a Summary of the article and an Outlook on a further follow-up post discussing How to incorporate Net Debt within a DCF Valuation.

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