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author Philip Vanstraceele - June 21, 2013

After all, you only find out who is swimming naked when the tide goes out.

Warren Buffett

There a basically two main reasons for a total loss of capital

  • companies that are cooking the books; financial statements manipulation and fraud
  • bankruptcy

In most cases these risk are frequently found together.

Management's desire to put a positive spin on financial results has been around as long as corporations and investors themselves. Dishonest companies have long used these tricks to prey on unsuspecting investors, and it is unlikely that they will ever cease to do so.

It is a understatement to say that investing in companies subject to financial statement manipulation or fraud are surely not the best investments you can do...[more]

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author Philip Vanstraceele - June 6, 2013

We have added the Hong Kong stocks exchange to our ValueScreeners quantitative platform. Members can use our algorithms now to seek bargains there. The mic code you can use to filter out these companies is XHKG. (use 'contains as XHKG)

Via Hong Kong investors can have access to many interesting Chinese companies. Soon we will also look to add the Singapore stock exchange for the same reason...[more]

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author Philip Vanstraceele - May 29, 2013

60 Years ago on 29 May 1953, Sir Edmund Percival Hillary and Nepalese Sherpa mountaineer Tenzing Norgay became the first climbers confirmed as having reached the summit of Mount Everest.

So we found it a great idea to add the New Zealand stockexchange to our ValueScreeners software. ( Also one of our users had asked this.....[more]

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author Philip Vanstraceele - May 19, 2013

Dear investors,

The following article appeared in the 1 march 2013 issue of the Systematic Value Investor newsletter.

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New – External Finance Ratio

In this article I want to tell you about a ratio we have also added to the screener called the External Finance Ratio (EFR).

We got the idea from the excellent book by Richard Tortoriello called [more]