Smead Blog

The investment marketplace suffers from information overload. Smead Capital Management seeks to cut through the cacophony of other media resources to focus on what is important to long-term common stock ownership. This comes through our missives, quarterly newsletters and appearances in the media to provide thought leadership for our potential and current investors.

Reminiscences of an eBay Operator

[…] Heed this advice for the current stock market activities: Fear stock market failure! Wall Street is pumping out IPOs, SPACs and all kinds of neat, shiny ornaments. They are selling what is in season. To name a few of these themes: WFH (work from home), TAM (total addressable market), food delivery, eGaming, remote learning and technology dependence. These are wonderful slogans for selling ornaments to willing buyers. […]

12/01/20 by

People Need People

[…] Barbra Streisand sang it best; academic studies prove that people who get normal human interaction have much better mental health. Despite this fact, investors have been scrambling to capitalize companies which benefit from people voluntarily imprisoning themselves in their own homes. Work from home, exercise from home, cook from home, movies from home, sports from home and just about everything else from home is all the rage. Every newbie tech company attached to this phenomenon is capitalized at an enormous price-to-sales ratio and a huge price-to-earnings ratio, if they have one. […]

11/24/20 by

One Helluva Party

While the designs and lifestyles around us are changing, the human experience is constant. We are born, we age, we meet many people (including for most our spouse(s)), we procreate, and we die. This chain has not been broken for 10,000 years! While this seems so simple on its face, many confuse their experience for something more unique. In academia, some may term this ‘chronological snobbery’. In the investment business, we call it financial euphoria. The number one cause of stock market failure!

11/17/20 by

WFH is a WKF

We came up with a theory many years ago to address how important psychology is to owning common stocks. We found that the risks go up in a stock market, or in an individual stock, when a “well-known fact” (WKF) was acted on in the extreme. It is a leading cause of stock market failure for professional and individual investors alike. In our world, a well-known fact is a body of economic information which is known to everyone, has been acted on by everyone and has attracted the most speculative investors (aka investors using borrowed money or options).

11/10/20 by

Cherry Picking is Tempting

When you run an equity portfolio which is concentrated in 25-30 common stock selections, there are usually three stocks which stick out as particularly attractive at any given time. It is tempting to cherry pick and buy those outside of our strategy. As of the end of October 2020, there are more than ten of our stocks which appear to be worthy of extra attention and affection.

11/03/20 by