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March 15, 2015

What is Value Investing?

The idea of value investing is credited to Benjamin Graham in his 1934 book “Security Analysis.” In the book Graham spoke of two essential qualities: The degree of safety of principal, and a satisfactory rate of return. In his margin of safety principle, which Warren Buffett later adopted, Graham noted that there should be a sufficient difference between the price of a stock and the intrinsic value of a company. A buying opportunity would be when the price is at least lower by two-thirds of the intrinsic value of the company to provide a sufficient safety cushion. The intrinsic value is obtained by multiplying the estimated earnings of a company by an appropriate capitalization factor then adding the net real assets of the company.

February 10, 2015

Hiring for More than Skills and Knowledge

It is a common mistake for the hiring manager in any company to consider only skills and knowledge at the interview. After all this is what the resume reflects, and job description describes. However, it is also common that after a few months, or even a few weeks from the hiring, it becomes apparent that the hiring was a mistake. This may be often too familiar, and often a costly mistake especially for small businesses. Therefore, what else should the hiring manager consider during the interview and screening process? It is missing two other factors: personal characteristics and motivation.

February 12, 2015

Explaining the Family Tax Credits in 2015

Let us review the changes to the main family benefits provided by the Government of Canada in 2015.

The amount for the Universal Child Care Benefit (UCCB) will increase. This is the credit paid for each child under 6 years old regardless of the family income. This amount increased from $100 to $160 per month per child under 6 years old. This is the amount paid on the 20th of each month. However, the first 7 months ($420) payment for 2015 will be paid out in July of this year. Then, from August 2015 onwards, the payment will be $160 per month per child.

June 30, 2016

What happens when management fails?

The Art of Management

Capital efficiency

In principle at least, the main function of management is the efficient use of capital in everyday decision making. Managers have to satisfy three main beneficiaries of the company, namely the employees, bondholders, and the investors. Company employees benefit by earning a salary, while bondholders gain by receiving interest on their held bonds. However, both these beneficiaries are more concerned with short term gains, whereas investors, who are the residual owners of the company, are more concerned with long term gains. Investors receive benefit from the company by either receiving a cash dividend, and/or capital gains on the price of the stock.

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