Investing in the Unknown and Unknowable by Richard Zeckhauser

The following excerpt comes from the essay "Investing in the Unknown and Unknowable" by Richard Zeckhauser, an American economist who has built his academic career around the study of risk management, decision sciences, investment, and policy-making under uncertainty. An Alternative View on Risk "From David Ricardo making a fortune buying British government bonds on the … Continue reading Investing in the Unknown and Unknowable by Richard Zeckhauser

Nugget: Banco Santander on Corporate Sponsorship

From the 2010 Annual Review: "Corporate sponsorships continue to be the best platform for enhancing the renown of the brand and consolidating the Bank’s positioning at the international level. The five-year alliance with the Formula 1 Ferrari team has been a complete success. The return on the advertising in the first year covered the investment … Continue reading Nugget: Banco Santander on Corporate Sponsorship

Nugget: Taleb on Banking

An article by Nassim Taleb and Mark Spitznagel on the current state of banking and the issue of managment compensation: "Of course, before being bailed out by governments, banks had never made any return in their history, assuming that their assets are properly marked to market. Nor should they produce any return in the long … Continue reading Nugget: Taleb on Banking

Nugget: Pabrai on risk and uncertainty

There is a quite interesting interview with Monish Pabrai on Forbes online, in which is talks, amongst other topics, about the entreperneurial approach to risk and uncertainty. I very much share is views as there is a vital difference between risk and uncertainty. Here is an excerpt from the interview: Forbes: "Does this tie into … Continue reading Nugget: Pabrai on risk and uncertainty

Leucadia Management on Net Operating Loss (NOL) and Deferred Tax Assets

Leucadia National Corporation was a New York based holding company, founded by the acclaimed value investors Ian Cumming and Joseph Steinberg. After a merger with Jeffries Bank and the retirement of Cumming and Steinberg, the holding company was renamed into Jeffries Financial Group. Turnaround Investors To most Value Investors, Leucadia is a household name. As … Continue reading Leucadia Management on Net Operating Loss (NOL) and Deferred Tax Assets

Buffett on Nebraska Furniture Mart

In his letters to shareholders, Warren Buffett has frequently talked about Nebraska Furniture Mart and its business model. Here are the essential quotes: 1983 About 67 years ago Mrs. Blumkin, then 23, talked her way past a border guard to leave Russia for America. She had no formal education, not even at the grammar school … Continue reading Buffett on Nebraska Furniture Mart

Nugget: Adidas CFO on Capital Allocation

From the adidas 2Q2011 earnings call Q&A session, available at SeekingAlpha.com: Chris Svezia – Susquehanna Financial Group LLP "And the third question would be the use of your cash. If you keep your run rate of the declining net debt, you’re going to be net cash positive by the end of the year. Any thoughts … Continue reading Nugget: Adidas CFO on Capital Allocation

Nugget: Fairfax aquires 35% of Bank of Ireland

From an interesting article in The Globe and Mail: "Fairfax sent a team to Dublin about two weeks ago to comb through the bank’s loan books and question its credit people. Mr. Watsa met with the bank’s management, and came away believing that, with a recapitalization, Bank of Ireland chief executive officer Richie Boucher would … Continue reading Nugget: Fairfax aquires 35% of Bank of Ireland

Nugget: Jarden plans expansions of Marmot Outdoor Brand

From Reuters: "All this is benefiting Jarden that sells a host of outdoor gear like camping tents, sleeping bags and baseball bats, under brands such as Coleman, K2, Rawlings and Aero. Revenue from outdoor products, including camping and sports goods, rose 11 percent to $772.8 million. "(The outdoor business) has done well, both because people … Continue reading Nugget: Jarden plans expansions of Marmot Outdoor Brand

Nugget: Jeremy Grantham Quarterly Letter – Resource Limitations 2

Read the complete letter (Grantham July 2011-1) "The Devil and the Farmer The Devil, disguised as an innocent agent of a large agricultural company, arrives at a typical Midwestern farm. He has come to suggest to the farmer that he engage in more aggressive farming, and he comes, as usual, with a contract. The contract, … Continue reading Nugget: Jeremy Grantham Quarterly Letter – Resource Limitations 2