Old School Value Nugget Fest

Old School Value Nugget Fest (Apr 25th Edition)

Old School Value Articles You May Have Missed

 

Klarman On

Bitcoin

 the danger of Chinese leverage

Discipline while value investing in bubby times

Value investing is not dead

Radicalization of politics

Dangerous FAANG valuations

Q1 hedge fund letters, conference, scoops etc

Old School Value Nugget Fest

Worried About the Market? Protect Yourself with Valuation.

Common sense stuff. The market is jittery about the expectations of more interest hikes. One way to combat that is to protect yourself with valuation. Making sure you don’t buy too high.

My thoughts on that and how.

Common Investing Mistakes to Avoid Like the Plague
I share 5 of my common mistakes that I avoid (or try to) like the plague. These are the blood sucking ones that can wipe you out.

What We’re Reading in the Media

Jeff Bezos 2017 Amazon Shareholder Letter

  • Amazon is #1 American Customer Satisfaction Index for 8th year in a row
  • > 560,000 Amazonians who come to work every day
  • High standards are teachable.
  • You can consider yourself a person of high standards in general and still have debilitating blind spots.
  • Unrealistic beliefs on scope – often hidden and undiscussed – kill high standards.
  • Perhaps a little less obvious: people are drawn to high standards – they help with recruiting and retention.
  • More subtle: a culture of high standards is protective of all the “invisible” but crucial work that goes on in every company. I’m talking about the work that no one sees. The work that gets done when no one is watching. In a high standards culture, doing that work well is its own reward – it’s part of what it means to be a professional.
  • Four elements of high standards: they are teachable, they are domain specific, you must recognize them, and you must explicitly coach realistic scope.
  • 100 million paid Prime members
  • Amazon Web Services, a $20 billion revenue run rate
  • Global Selling program (enabling SMBs to sell products across national borders) grew by over 50% in 2017. Cross-border ecommerce by SMBs represents > 25% of total third-party sales.
  • Customer embrace of Alexa continues. 2017 was best year for Amazon hardware sales.
  • Prime Video – Prime Video continues to drive Prime member adoption and retention.
  • Amazon Music – Amazon Music continues to grow fast and now has tens of millions of paid customers.
  • Amazon Go, a new kind of store with no checkout required, opened to the public in January in Seattle.
  • Treasure Trucks – Our bubble-blowing, music-pumping trucks fulfilled hundreds of thousands of orders
  • inis the fastest growing marketplace in India, and the most visited site on both desktop and mobile, according to comScore and SimilarWeb.
  • Millions of small and medium-sized businesses worldwide now sell their products through Amazon to reach new customers around the globe.

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