About Our Best Ideas Newsletter
About the Best Ideas Newsletter
At Valuentum, we task ourselves with a tall order. While most investment newsletters compare themselves to a market benchmark, we go one step further. We want to deliver positive returns year after year, in addition to outperforming the market benchmark. We won't always be successful, however. The Best Ideas Newsletter portfolio seeks to find stocks that have good value and good momentum characteristics and typically holds each idea from a Valuentum Buying Index rating of a 9 or 10 (consider buying) to a rating of a 1 or 2 (consider selling). The newsletter puts the VBI methodology into practice.
As part of an upgraded membership to Valuentum, you will receive in your inbox on the 15th of each month the monthly Best Ideas Newsletter, which reveals our best picks and pans constructed in a portfolio. This portfolio of best ideas may contain long positions as well as put and call options, strategies easily executed in your own online trading account.
In the newsletter, we provide updated performance of the portfolio (including notifications regarding additions/removals), write commentary associated with the names in the portfolio and on stocks in the news, and notify you immediately via email if our thoughts or opinions have changed on any company or position. We send you transaction alert emails, so you don't miss a beat.
Consistent with our investment methodology, the Valuentum Buying Index, our best ideas may span investing disciplines, market capitalizations and asset classes in order to maximize the return while minimizing the risk of the portfolio.
Since inception, the performance of the Best Ideas portfolio has been nothing short of fantastic, and our subscribers and clients have followed along and tracked our every move. Very few newsletters apply a time-tested (yet innovative) process, embrace transparency, and put your interests first. We can proudly say that we are among the few. Past results are not a guarantee of future performance.
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Below we outline a few very brief summaries of companies that we currently hold in the Best Ideas portfolio. Please note that these are just a few examples, and the Best Ideas Newsletter showcases many more timely and undervalued opportunities with each and every monthly edition. Join Today!
At Valuentum, we often use a discounted cash-flow model as a means to back into the current share price of firms in order to ascertain whether the market is unfairly pricing their stock relative to reasonable long-term growth and profitability assumptions. In Apple's case, we believe the market is merely pricing in inflation-like expansion beginning toward the middle of this decade. Although in the land of technology, competition adapts quickly and a few years from now can be viewed as the distant future, we think the iPhone-maker represents a compelling risk-reward opportunity at current levels based on our analysis. Often, evaluating a firm via a discounted cash-flow model and re-engineering its stock price can provide a better understanding of a company's investment potential on a risk-reward basis than even the most clearly written prose.
Priceline is probably one of the best more-recent examples of the Valuentum Buying Index in practice. Registering a pristine 10 in February 2015, the stock now has been a strong winner in the portfolio of the Best Ideas Newsletter in a relatively flat market. The online travel giant continues to generate substantial free cash flow as it grows at an impressive rate, and we love its net cash position, inclusive of long-term investments.
Management's comments have also been quite reassuring to the pace of global economic resilience in the wake of uncertainly caused by Brexit. International business accounts for ~90% of Priceline's gross bookings, with the US making up the balance. Such a cash-rich business eases our concerns with the risk involved in holding an entity so sensitive to the economic cycle at this mature point in the global economy’s recovery. Shares continue to have some room to run based on the upper bound of our fair value estimate range.
Priceline's virtuous cycle is firmly intact and represents one of the strongest competitive advantages a company could ever have. Strong partner relationships allow it to provide top-notch property selection, an enhanced customer experience helps drive increased conversion and traffic, while increased traffic allows it to further improve the customer experience and partner satisfaction.
It’s hard to find anything wrong with Visa’s business model. The company offers a secure, payment network that is accepted virtually everywhere in the United States. The firm makes money every time a Visa user swipes his or her debit or credit card. Unlike rivals, Discover and American Express, Visa doesn't hold customer credit risk. Visa benefits from two fantastic competitive advantages: a network effect and costly initial investment. The network effect is incredibly strong for Visa. As of its last update, the firm has more than 2 billion cards outstanding accepted by retailers across the world. The number is roughly double the number of Mastercards and over 20 times the amount of American Express cards outstanding. This network effect took years, as well as billions of dollars to create—something that won’t easily be replicated by any new entrant. Most importantly, Visa generates incredible operating margins in the 60% range, leading to large levels of free cash flow generation. The company continues to possess valuation upside and is one of the most shareholder-friendly companies in our coverage universe.
About Our Name
But how, you will ask, does one decide what [stocks are] "attractive"? Most analysts feel they must choose between two approaches customarily thought to be in opposition: "value" and "growth,"...We view that as fuzzy thinking...Growth is always a component of value [and] the very term "value investing" is redundant.
-- Warren Buffett, Berkshire Hathaway annual report, 1993
At Valuentum, we take Buffett's thoughts one step further. We think the best opportunities arise from a complete understanding of all investing disciplines in order to identify the most attractive stocks at any given time. Valuentum therefore analyzes each stock across a wide spectrum of philosophies, from deep value to momentum investing. And a combination of the two approaches found on each side of the spectrum (value/momentum) in a name couldn't be more representative of what our analysts do here; hence, we're called Valuentum.
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