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author Philip Vanstraceele - July 15, 2012

At MFIE Capital, our objective is to help you implement a systematic long term investment strategy that works. We invest a lot of time in backtesting and research and keep fine-tuning the models performance. Where our initial screening methodologies were based on models published by best selling authors, we are now confident our latest research provides critical insights in how to achieve alpha.

In order to make it easier for all our users to put this latest research in practice we developed a brand new screener. It inherits all features that made our screener unique but adds new innovative features that will take the screening process to the next level...[more]

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author Olivier Dambrine - June 5, 2012

We participated in the anual 'investors competition' (beleggerscompetitie). While the timeperiod was quite short (4 months) and the set of stocks in which we were allowed to invest was quite restricted to what we use in our screeners, we didn't do that bad. Of the 24.044 participating portfolios our portfolio (screener) ended in 10th place! We achieved a return of 23,05% in a turbulent period with a general market decline of 7% and an average portfolio return of -3,32%. Professional investors from Moneytalk, a Belgian investment newsletter performed even worse with a loss of 8%...[more]

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author Jan Mohr - April 30, 2012

If you have been a value investor for some time I am sure you once had to explain value investing to a novice. Among one of the classic first question is the following:

"What happens if the stock never closes its gap to fair valuation and stays cheap forever?"

Chances are you would answer “…sure, the stock can stay cheap for a long time, but eventually it will trade at fair value.”

In this article, I will reflect on the importance of eventually and try to like this to the Buffett quote “I rather buy a great business at a mediocre price than a mediocre business at a great price”.

First, let me define my usage of some termini. A “great business” for me is a business that has the sustainable ability to generate returns on capital that are in excess of its cost of capital...[more]

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author Jan Mohr - February 29, 2012

If you happen to be interested in asset management, chances are that you have heard about the concept of factor returns. It’s actually all about certain variables that have some statistical utility to explain stock returns. Scientists found out about these factors by doing a so-called regression, did a lot of testing and ended up with a list of characteristics that determine stock returns. The well-known factors are P/B-ratio, momentum and size. Taking the latter as an example, ceteris paribus, a stock is expected to perform the better the smaller its market capitalization is...[more]

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