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Jun 2, 2020

The average stock out there (that is, the market overall) is very, very expensive. At this point it almost doesn’t matter which valuation metric you use; they all point to the fact that stocks were only more expensive during the dot-com bubble. In many ways, knowing what to avoid is just as important as knowing what to...


May 28, 2020

Retail stocks have been annihilated recently, despite the economy eking out growth. The fundamentals of the retail business look horrible: Sales are stagnating and profitability is getting worse with every passing quarter. Jeff Bezos and Amazon get most of the credit, but this credit is misplaced. In this podcast,...


May 21, 2020

Vitaliy was slated to give a speech at a conference in Omaha, a day before the Berkshire Hathaway Annual Meeting. He was more nervous than usual. Usually, Vitaliy needs a looming deadline to build the pressure to unleash creativity. Two days before, he wrote a nine page speech titled “How to Stay Rational in an...


May 14, 2020

Vitaliy always looks at IMA's investment process and asks himself, “What can we do better? How can we increase returns and lower risk?" Vitaliy thinks he has found a sensible way to do both -- by purchasing index put options, where possible, on a portion of the portfolio. Vitaliy explains the math behind this choice,...


May 12, 2020

Early in his career, Vitaliy tried to emulate Warren Buffett and spurned the use of spreadsheets. But here’s the thing: Buffett has a supercomputer in his head and Vitaliy doesn't. Vitaliy needs to visualize financial statements by building models; he feels them viscerally in doing so, whereas Buffett doesn't. In this...