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Only Dave Cuts the Federal Budget

Back in 1993, a brilliant satirist by the name of Ivan Reitman produced a movie called "Dave." It was the story of a life-threatening stroke besetting the President of the United States of America. His handlers, not wanting to shake up the country, hid his critical condition by making him a hospital bed below the White House. They then scoured the country looking for a doppelgänger to stand in for the President during his recovery. They found the owner of a temp agency in Boston, played by Kevin Kline, whose name was Dave. [...]

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Buffett and Munger Mark the End of An Era

At the Berkshire Hathaway Annual Meeting we marked what we believe is the end of an era both for Berkshire and for the S&P 500 Index. In Berkshire’s case, it is the loss of Charlie Munger and the passing of the baton from Warren Buffett to his well-prepared team. In the case of the index, it is the rhymes surrounding the past major peaks in stock market euphoria and what Munger and Buffett have said publicly. [...]

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1968-1969: Buffett and Price Agreed

We’ve recently been making the case that the current circumstances in the stock market are most like the late 1960s and 1970s. Euphoric enthusiasm for the most aggressive stocks and an economic/national security spending explosion are held in common. However, the most interesting thing about 1968-1969 was the agreement about the stock market future between the greatest growth investor at that time, T. Rowe Price, and the greatest value investor of all time, Warren Buffett. [...]

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DXYZ: An Old Form of Ignorance

Many investors are bullish, or not fearful, of the future of stock returns. At Smead Capital Management, we continue to explain to our investors how poor the outcomes will be. Some ask when this view will change. To quote Keynes, “When the facts change, I change my mind. What do you do, sir?” The facts are not changing. Instead, we continue to find mountain evidence of the danger present. In this piece, we will explain an analogous instance from the past. [...]

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1Q24 U.S. Value Strategy Newsletter: Common Stock Psychology Matters

There are four main educational disciplines that are important to us in the investment process. We believe investors need to understand economics, the history of the stock market, the mathematics of investing and the psychology of investing. At the end of the first quarter of 2024, we’d like to expound on the psychology of today's U.S. stock market. [...]

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1Q24 International Value Strategy Newsletter: Higher Natural Rates

As we finish the first quarter of 2024 and look ahead, global stock investors are looking for lower short-term rates from central banks. The question remains whether they will get them. Looking back since the beginning of the pandemic, the Federal Reserve Board and its Fed futures market have been bad predictors of central bank policy. This debate has been better served in the psychological or intellectual realm. In this letter, we would like to explain part of the reason why we think it will be tougher to tackle inflation and why we have to deal with Higher Natural Rates. [...]

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Hit Them Where They Ain’t

[...] As value investors, we go into companies that are out of favor but have characteristics that could lead us to multi-year winners. Our best stocks were found in the holes in the other portfolio manager’s defenses. As we watched a .190 hitter, Kyle Schwarber, bat leadoff for the Phillies in the playoffs last year, purists like us yearn to see Rod Carew and Tony Gwynn again. Our stock picking discipline (our stock market sabermetrics) tells us that growth stock investing is too popular and is about to enter a “dead ball” era of stock performance.

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Only Dave Cuts the Federal Budget

May 21, 2024

Back in 1993, a brilliant satirist by the name of Ivan Reitman produced a movie called "Dave." It was the story of a life-threatening stroke besetting the President of the United States of...

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Buffett and Munger Mark the End of An Era

May 7, 2024

At the Berkshire Hathaway Annual Meeting we marked what we believe is the end of an era both for Berkshire and for the S&P 500 Index. In Berkshire’s case, it is the loss...

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1968-1969: Buffett and Price Agreed

April 30, 2024

We’ve recently been making the case that the current circumstances in the stock market are most like the late 1960s and 1970s. Euphoric enthusiasm for the most aggressive stocks and an economic/national security...

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DXYZ: An Old Form of Ignorance

April 23, 2024

Many investors are bullish, or not fearful, of the future of stock returns. At Smead Capital Management, we continue to explain to our investors how poor the outcomes will be. Some ask when...

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1Q24 U.S. Value Strategy Newsletter: Common Stock Psychology Matters

April 15, 2024

There are four main educational disciplines that are important to us in the investment process. We believe investors need to understand economics, the history of the stock market, the mathematics of investing and...

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1Q24 International Value Strategy Newsletter: Higher Natural Rates

April 15, 2024

As we finish the first quarter of 2024 and look ahead, global stock investors are looking for lower short-term rates from central banks. The question remains whether they will get them. Looking back...

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Bloomberg Markets: Bill Smead on Bank Stocks and Inflation

April 13, 2024

Bloomberg Markets 4/12/2024 For more information go to www.bloomberg.com. The information contained in this article represents SCM’s opinions, and should not be construed as personalized or individualized investment advice. Past […]

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Hit Them Where They Ain’t

April 2, 2024

[...] As value investors, we go into companies that are out of favor but have characteristics that could lead us to multi-year winners. Our best stocks were found in the holes in the...

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