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When Good Enough is Fine
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Stocks vs Real Estate: Asset Allocation. Part I of II
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The Saudi Arrests and the Perils of Foreign Investing
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Gambling and Las Vegas
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The Coming Bear Market: Part II How to Prepare
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The Importance of a New High
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A Little Insurance: Wealth, War and Wisdom
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How to be Successful in Your Career
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How NOT to Buy a Home
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This Week in the Market
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Is the “Trump Bump” Running Out of Gas?
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Gold is on the Move
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The Importance of Estimation
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Buying Art and Collecting: Part II of II
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Buying Art and Collecting in General, Part I of II
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Physicians need to be More Forceful: Follow-up
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Physicians need to be More Forceful
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Your First “Real” Investment
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Leasing a Watch: Don’t
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The Importance of Your Children having a Job
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The Problem with Medical Student Debt is—the Med Schools
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Critters and Varmints in your Home and Yard
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Leveraged ETFs
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Leasing a Vehicle: Don’t!
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More on Buying Jewelry
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Buying Jewelry: Gold, Diamonds and Pearls
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Thomas Sowell: Part III of III
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Live Close to Where You Work
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Medtronic in Hospital Management
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Thomas Sowell: Part I of II
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A Political Contribution as an Investment: Part I of II
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Buffett Selling Vacation Home
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Advanced Placement (AP) ourses
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The Importance of a Credit History
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A Credit Card Scam
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The Electronic Health Reord
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Platinum and Palladium
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Economic Outlook for 2017: Part II of II
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Economic Outlook for 2017: Part I of II
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A Story From Vegas
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Land Donation Deals and the IRS
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The Theory of Gambler’s Ruin
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Student Loans: But Wait, There’s More!
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A Second Home
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The Consumer Confidence Index
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Social Security
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My Outlook for 2017: Part II of II
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My Outlook for 2017: The Market
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Medicine in 20 Years
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Higher Interest Rates
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Trump and the Markets: The Bad and Ugly
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Trump and the Markets: The Good
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Negative Trends: The Suits aren’t Makin’ Steel
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The New DOJ Fiduciary Rule
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Barron’s Conference, Part IV of IV
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Barron’s Conference, Part III of IV
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Barron’s Conference, Part II of IV
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Barron’s Conference, Part I of IV
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This Newsletter
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Memoirs of US Grant: Vol II
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More Points on Collecting, Investing and the Economy
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Personal Memoirs of US Grant
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Ideas for a High School Part-Time Job
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Collecting, Investing, and the Economy
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Free College
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A Military Commitment to Pay for Med School
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When a CD isn’t a CD
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I Made a Mistake
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What is Your Spare Time Worth?
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Credit Cards and Bonus/Loyalty Points
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The Write-off of Student Loans
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412 Retirement Plans
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Join the Club
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The Case for Precious Metals and Hard Assets
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When the US went off the Silver Standard
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Why NOT to Open a Restaurant
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Some Tips on Life Insurance
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More Observations on Negative Interest Rates
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Is a PhD Worth It? Part II of II
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Is a PhD Worth It? Part I of II
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Avoid Part-time real Estate Agents
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Issue #422, June 13, 2016


By Robert M. Doroghazi, M.D., F.A.C.C.

Barron’s Conference, Part III of IV

Issue #Interim Bulletin #441A, October 26, 2016

The Barron’s Art of Successful Investing Conference:
Part III of IV
Mario Gabelli
    Gabelli is one of the biggest names in the investment world, and has been on the Barron’s Roundtable for decades. He is very bright, but talks very rapidly, and skips to new ideas before finishing the previous thought, making it difficult for me to take notes.
    Whoever is elected, we will survive. The budget deficit is causing us to lose flexibility. The trade deficit is also a problem. Corporate taxes in the US are outrageous. Student loans are a monster problem (RMD comment: I have written more on student loans than any other subject. The taxpayers = you and me—will get stuck with the bill).
    Good things. The US Dollar will be stable near-term (RMD comment: it is approaching recent multi-year highs). The oil patch is improving, and low prices are good for consumers. Financials will do better next year. Whoever wins, corporate taxes will come down. Expect stock returns of only 0-5% this year and next.
    Content and connectivity (broadband and speed) are important trends going forward. People want live entertainment. He likes Madison Square Garden (MSG). They have $1.5B in cash. Considering all of their holdings, you are getting the Knicks for free. Anything John Malone touches does well. Millicom (MIICF, currently trading at about 48) is worth $90 per share. At some point Ryman Hospitality (RHP, previously Gaylord Entertainment, the Grand Old Opry) will do better. Virtual reality will changes things, so he likes Sony (SNE). Corporate culture in Japan has changed: they are laying people off.
    US infrastructure needs significant work. 40% of the 520K bridges in the US are rated “D” or lower. Think FAST: Fix American Surface Transport. He likes United Rentals (URI), Ashland (ASH), Herc Holdings (HRI) and Vulcan Materials (VMC).
Oscar Schafer
    Schafer has been a member of the Barron’s Roundtable for 25 years.
    They are having difficulty finding good stocks. His fund is 30% cash, the highest ever. You aren’t losing much in opportunity costs by holding cash because the return on stocks and bonds is so low (RMD comment: that is an insightful point I’ve not heard before). You must expect low returns for the foreseeable future.
    He likes:
    1) Nomad Foods (NOMD): new management.
    2) CommScope (COMM): increased margins and a great manager.
    3) Evertec (EVTC) does transaction processing for ATMs and banks. They will either make acquisitions in Central and South America or be acquired.
    4) ANI Pharmaceuticals (ANIP) acquires companies then markets their products differently, but does not raise prices.
    5) Maple Leaf Foods (MFI.TO). Likes the CEO.
    6) The Alexa device. You must have one in your home (RMD comment: I can’t adequately explain this device. I suggest you look it up for yourself).
Andrew Wellington
    Wellington co-founded Lyrical Asset Management. His results have far outpaced the market for the last 5 years. This was his first year at the Conference, and I was impressed. He looks at things from a different perspective.
    Warren Buffett likes to buy good companies at a fair price. He is a deep value investor: he wants to buy good companies at an unfair (low) price. The bigger the discount to fair value, the longer they must hold the position to profit (often 5-7 years. His fund has a turnover of only about 20-25% per year). To beat the market, you must do something different (RMD comment: the secret to winning in Texas Hold’Em, see below). They own regular stocks, but at a different weighting, i.e., they have a concentrated portfolio. Companies must have a ROI of at least 15%. The trick is to get future earnings right. They sell when they believe the company has reached fair valuation. He notes much of their gain is a run-up at the end.
    He likes:
    1) Whirlpool (Scott Black also like WHR. Note, they reported poor results and were down more than 10% on Tuesday). Currently priced at 10x earnings. Because appliances last 10 years and there is a creation of only 1% new households per year, more than 10x appliances are sold as replacement as compared to new.
    2) Lincoln National (LNC). The problem is perception. Earnings are growing at 8% per year. Current P/E = 6. When interest rates are low, they charge higher premiums. When rates are high, they earn more on their portfolio, so can decrease premiums.
    3) Microsemi (again, Black also likes MSCC).
    4) Goodyear Tire (GT). Business and profit margins have improved. They are getting out of unprofitable businesses.
    5) EOG Resources (EOG). Although he has trouble evaluating energy companies, he likes EOG. They basically invented fracking. They have the best resource base, and are good at acquisitions.
    Several subscribers noted the Cubs last World Series victory was 1908, not 1905 as I said. One added “111 years or 108 years. Not much difference”.
    RMD comment: Not much difference, but I hate to be wrong. 
    I’m playing in a Senior’s Texas Hold’em tournament in St. Louis on Nov. 1.
    RMD comment: To quote Norman Chad, color commentator on the World Series of Poker, “You can’t win playing scared poker”. Caesar said it even better more than 2,000 years ago: “Fortune favors the bold”.  Wish me luck.
    I retired at the end of 2005. I just received a call at my home from an outlying physician’s office wanting to schedule a patient.
    RMD comment: I admit, that’s a stroke to the old ego.
    Also along this line: when I started in cardiology it was my goal to make the primary diagnosis of 3 congenital heart diseases in the adult. 1) Ebstein’s Anomaly. Didn’t get to do it. 2) Corrected Transposition. Made the diagnosis on a transesophageal echo. 3) Cor Triatriatum. Did it. I see the lady about every 5 years at the grocery store: she brings me up to date on her children. 

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