(Not) boring finds for July 2019

July 31, 2019 | Mawer Print

Piquing our interest this month: why companies seem to be undervalued in Japan; what to do in a falling stock market; how chess computers have developed over time; and some investing wisdom from Wall Street personal finance columnist, Jason Zweig. 


Varecs Partners Limited – Necessity is the mother of invention Vol. 2 – “Why are Japanese companies so cheap?”

On the uniqueness of the Japanese market and why companies there seemed undervalued. Four main themes are highlighted: 

  1. Too many (tiny) public companies
  2. Poor quality of sell-side research
  3. Lack of proper capital allocation by executives
  4. Shortage of value investors

The New York Times – What should you do about a falling stock market? Nothing

It’s always important to have a good understanding of your risk tolerance. “If an 18 percent drop in stocks is enough to cause you to change your entire investment strategy, that money shouldn’t have been in stocks to begin with.”


Quartz – Chess computers

For those that love chess and machines: a great overview of the evolution in chess-playing computers from Deep Blue defeating Gary Kasparov to the potential challenges they can face now.


North Star Podcast – Jason Zweig: Saving investors from themselves (1 hr 19 min)

On this episode, Jason Zweig, author of the revised edition of Benjamin Graham’s seminal book, The Intelligent Investor, and a personal finance columnist for The Wall Street Journal, discusses investing, the power of writing, what he’s learned from some of the great fundamental investors like Charlie Munger, and more.


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