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author Olivier Dambrine - August 1, 2014

(Intro from the June 2014 edition of the systematic value investor newsletter)

Over the past 5 years we gathered quite a few screens and ratios. We started off with Joel Greenblatt’s Magic Formula, based on his bestseller ‘The little book that beats the market’. Greenblatt explained in very simple words that you should buy companies with above-average return on capital at below- average prices. We were the first to test this formula on European data and make the formula available globally.

Greenblatt wasn’t the only one with a working formula...[more]

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author Philip Vanstraceele - November 16, 2013

South Korea has been one of the most successful economies over the last 20-30 years. Even the Asian crisis could not stop the South Korean economy from growing at around 5% p.a. since 1990.

The countries economic position compared to Japan is very healthy, Debt/GDP is only 30%, the Government currently runs a surplus and the current account is of course positive...[more]

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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]