The Valuentum Learning Center
publication date: Mar 24, 2018
author/source: Valuentum Editorial Staff
Image Source: Gaby Av
At Valuentum, we believe in the ongoing education and development of our employees, members and visitors. Lifelong learning is something our company holds very dear, as part of our corporate mission is to serve the needs of investors of all types. Having trained and mentored over one hundred equity and credit analysts at such large research firms as Morningstar, President of Equity Research & ETF Analysis Brian Nelson has dedicated a large portion of his career to helping others achieve their professional aspirations and investing goals. This dedication to investment education has continued at Valuentum.
President Brian Nelson's Letter to Members
You may have read many stories of others that learned of stock investing at a really young age, perhaps they bought their first stock before their 10th birthday or their parents had been a part of the finance industry. This wasn't me. I would probably describe myself as a late bloomer. I first became interested in the stock market probably in grade school, with a stock market game we played in either 3rd or 4th grade, and then my interest grew in high school. When I first enrolled in undergraduate studies, however, I actually had plans to major in biology and become a doctor. It wasn't until a week or so into classes where I made the switch to finance. I haven't looked back since.
My professional journey in finance started in the aggressive-growth money-management industry, where I learned to “live” the markets. From my 5am morning coffee and crisp Wall Street Journal to anticipating firms “breaking out” in the early afternoon, little did I know that my buy-side experience at Driehaus Capital Management was preparing me for this Valuentum journey. After earning an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and the Chartered Financial Analyst designation, I then pursued the great satisfaction of helping others achieve their dreams.
In my role as Director of Global Equity and Credit Research (Training and Methodology) at Morningstar, one of the largest independent research companies in the world, I dedicated my time to training and mentoring stock and credit analysts on the intricacies of discounted cash-flow and competitive-advantage analysis. Many of these colleagues are now the heads of department at the company. At Morningstar, I truly learned to “live” valuation and competitive analysis in ways others may never come to know.
In early 2011, I realized what my experience at Driehaus and Morningstar may have been all about, my life’s calling: Valuentum Securities. It dawned on me that very few investors have ever had the opportunity to use technical and momentum indicators in a money-management setting and also build an extensive discounted cash-flow valuation infrastructure and methodology for one of the largest independent research firms in the world. Though I didn't know what to expect, I knew what I had to do: share with others the tremendous benefits of Valuentum investing – the combination of two investment frameworks seemingly in complete opposition: value and momentum (but also everything in between). I am honored to introduce you to the Valuentum Style of Investing.
Though part of the mission at Valuentum is to help readers better understand the movement of security prices via Valuentum Buying Index ratings, please don't forget about the many other features of our website, not the least of which is the Dividend Cushion ratio and our forward-looking dividend analysis. We think we created one of the most helpful tools with respect to forward-looking dividend analysis in the Dividend Cushion ratio, one that combines an evaluation of both the balance sheet and cash flow statement into one meaningful number. Most importantly, please enjoy what we have to offer at Valuentum. Whether it's our valuation work and the fair value estimates or the Dividend Cushion ratios or something else you like the most about our work, I'm glad you are here!
Brian Nelson, CFA
Valuentum Methodology Papers
Study: Best Ideas Newsletter Portfolio (pdf), Tatiana Dmitrieva, Kris Rosemann and Brian Nelson, CFA
Value and Momentum Within Stocks, Too (2017), Brian Nelson, CFA
Why Valuentum Buying Index Ratings Matter (2014), Brian Nelson, CFA
Valuentum's Methodology Document (pdf), Valuentum Analysts
The Valuentum Buying Index (2011), Brian Nelson, CFA
The Case for the Valuentum Style of Investing (2012), Brian Nelson, CFA
The Seven Most Important Considerations of the Valuentum Buying Index, Brian Nelson, CFA
The 16 Most Important Steps to Understand the Stock Market, Brian Nelson, CFA
Valuentum’s 3 Breakthroughs in the Field of Finance and More, Valuentum Editorial Staff
Works on Dividends and Castles and Criticism of Quantitative Investing
The "Luck" and "Randomness" of Index Funds (2018), Brian Nelson, CFA
Our Dividend Methodology Is Rocking!, Kris Rosemann and Brian Nelson, CFA
Valuentum's Dividend Cushion Ratio, Brian Nelson, CFA
Introducing the Economic Castle™ Rating, Brian Nelson, CFA
The Price-to-Earnings Ratio Demystified, Brian Nelson, CFA
Valuentum Glossary of Terms, The Valuentum Team
Important Academic Studies
Value and Momentum Everywhere, Asness, et al
Fact, Fiction and Momentum, Asness, et al
A Better Bet, Tobias J. Moskowitz
Do Industries Explain Momentum, Moskowitz, Grinblatt
Measuring the Moat, 2002, Michael J. Mauboussin
Measuring the Moat, 2013, Michael J. Mauboussin
Measuring the Moat, 2016, Michael J. Mauboussin
The Truth About Diversification by the Numbers, Surz and Price
CFA Institute Research Foundation
Discounted Cash Flow (DCF) Valuation, Brian Nelson, CFA
Investing's Odd Couple: Value and Momentum (2013), AAII website
Keynes's 'beauty contest,' Richard Thaler
The Ultimate Cash Flow Guide (EBITDA, CF, FCF, FCFF), Corporate Finance Institute
Legacy of Benjamin Graham, Columbia
Morningstar's Cash Flow Cushion, Brian Nelson, CFA
History of US Bear & Bull Markets Since 1926, First Trust
The Free Dividend Fallacy (video), Chicago Booth
Warren Buffett Archives, CNBC
Valuentum's Member Orientation Videos
Valuentum Slide Deck Presentations*
March 8, 2017: Trust the Numbers, Not Just Management, CFA Society Houston, Kris Rosemann and Brian Nelson, CFA
--> Handout 1: Pitfalls of Distribution Yield Analysis (pdf)
--> Handout 2: Linking P/DCF to Enterprise Free Cash Flow Valuation (pdf)
Ask about our previous presentation slide decks.
October 22, 2016: Trust the Numbers, Not Just Management, Chicago AAII Chapter, Kris Rosemann and Brian Nelson, CFA
May 12, 2016: Trust the Numbers, Not Just Management, Naples, Florida, Brian Nelson, CFA
March 8, 2016: Dividend Growth Investing (note-taking slides), St. Louis Chapter, Brian Nelson, CFA
January 2, 2016: Value-Focused, Momentum-Based Dividend Growth Investing, Phoenix AAII, Brian Nelson, CFA
September 16/17, 2015: Value-Focused, Momentum-Based Dividend Growth Investing, Milwaukee/Madison AAII, Kris Rosemann and Brian Nelson, CFA
September 9, 2015: Value-Focused, Momentum-Based Dividend Growth Investing, Silicon Valley, Brian Nelson, CFA
July 15, 2015: Value-Focused, Momentum-Based Dividend Growth Investing, Cleveland AAII, Brian Nelson, CFA
January 17, 2015: The Ultimate Dividend Growth Investing Tool, Milwaukee AAII, Brian Nelson, CFA
November 15, 2014: The Ultimate Dividend Growth Investing Tool; DePaul University AAII, Brian Nelson, CFA
May 13, 2014: The Ultimate Dividend Growth Investing Tool; Las Vegas Money Show, Brian Nelson, CFA
September 6, 2013: Introduction to Valuentum Securities, Inc; Brian Nelson, CFA
May 14, 2013: 12 Steps to Understand the Stock Market; Las Vegas Money Show, RJ Towner & Brian Nelson, CFA
October 13, 2012: Why Our Methodology Works; DePaul University AAII, Brian Nelson, CFA
June 17, 2012: Why Our Methodology Works; "From Value Through Momentum Investing," Brian Nelson, CFA
* The High Yield Dividend Newsletter portfolio, Best Ideas Newsletter portfolio and Dividend Growth Newsletter portfolio are not real money portfolios. Results are hypothetical and do not represent actual trading.
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, 1992
At Valuentum, we take Buffett's thoughts one step further. We think the best opportunities arise from an understanding of a variety of 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 through 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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