Do you want to know how Warren Buffett manages to be so successful? The answer is quite simple, by burying his nose in research material for about 80% of his day.
According to Charlie Munger, Buffett’s long-time business partner at Berkshire Hathaway, you won’t easily find a partnership in which two people read more than what they do.
To become a savvy investor you have to read. A lot. Once, Buffett was asked how a person can go about getting smarter. His response while holding up stacks of paper: “Read 500 pages like this every day. That’s how knowledge builds up, like compound interest.”
In Buffett’s earlier days, he had to make a trip to the Omaha Public Library to do his research and build his knowledge. We have it easy. The internet provides us with millions of search results and resources on an abundance of topics. The only trouble you might face is identifying the good resources from the not so good ones. But don’t worry, I’ve got your back.
Start building your knowledge by reading my recommendation of the eight best value investing blogs available on the worldwide web. Remember to bookmark them in your web browser as you go along.
1. Old School Value
This blog is a wonderful introduction to the world of value investing. If you are a seasoned value investor, you will enjoy the detailed posts analysing specific stocks using a variety of metrics and valuation methods. Owner Jae Jun’s style of writing makes for a delightful read. He explains concepts with great clarity and offers his readers valuable value investing resources.
Philosophy: “Valuation, Valuation, Valuation.”
Where to find it: http://www.oldschoolvalue.com/
Favourite post: 5 Advantages You Hold Over Professional Investors
2. Dividend Monk
If your investing style includes index funds and dividend value stocks, Dividend Monk is definitely for you. The articles provide in-depth views of individual stocks. What I enjoy most about this blog is the presentation of research supplemented by charts and other data. Being able to visualise the data makes it easier to consume and understand. A bonus to this blog is their free dividend investing newsletter that also contains valuable information.
Philosophy: “Disciplined Dividend Stock Research.”
Where to find it: http://dividendmonk.com/
Favourite post: Reports of the Best Dividend Stocks
3. AAAMP Value Blog
The founder of The Arbor Asset Allocation Model Portfolio (AAAMP) Value Blog is Ken Faulkenberry. He has a passion for educating and empowering individual investors to manage their investments on their own. His articles focus on ideas and concepts important to individual investors managing their portfolios. If you are interested in learning more about risk management, value investing strategies, proper asset allocation and diversification, you should bookmark this blog.
Philosophy: "Slow and Steady Wins the Race."
Where to find it: http://www.arborinvestmentplanner.com/
ValueWalk wasn’t always a global leader in breaking financial industry news. In 2010, it started out as a simple value investing blog but had since grown into a popular site for all things related. I enjoy this blog because of its consistent, daily delivery of articles concerning value investing, hedge funds, business news, etc. You can also expect to find valuable resources recommended by investing gurus, like Warren Buffett and Charlie Munger among others.
Philosophy: "Many academics claim investing is a random walk. We believe this to be only partially true. It is our core belief that value investing can outperform the market."
Where to find it: http://www.valuewalk.com/
5. The Dividend Ninja
This ninja takes a DIY approach to investing. After the 2008 and 2009 crash, he came to realise that the best way to invest for better returns is individually, leaving mutual funds and their managers behind. Since making the decision in 2010, he started blogging about his dividend investing journey. His overall strategy is simple. It is mainly focused on asset allocation and investing in low-cost Index Funds, Index ETFs, and blue-chip dividend paying stocks.
Philosophy: "Invest In Dividend Stocks Like a Ninja."
Where to find it: http://www.dividendninja.com/
Favourite post: Go Global for Higher Yield Dividend Stocks
6. Contrarian Edge
According to Forbes, the author of this blog is the new Benjamin Graham. Vitaliy Katsenelson is a well-known value investor that shares insights on a wide-ranging number of topics, from stock analysis to Beethoven’s 9th symphony. You might not be interested in his take on symphonies, but you will surely find his insightful analysis of popular stocks valuable.
Philosophy: “I invest, I educate, I write, and I could not dream of doing anything else.”
Where to find it: http://contrarianedge.com/
7. The bclund Blog
The man behind The bclund Blog is Brian Lund, writer for Yahoo Finance, The Ticker Tape by TD Ameritrade, AOL’s DailyFinance and more. The reason I enjoy reading Brian’s blogs is because he has an edge. His goal with is to be the intersection of markets, trading and life, including a narrative to all of his posts in an attempt to demystify the market. Some might say he is funny, obnoxious, insightful or rude, but nonetheless he guarantees honesty no matter what.
Philosophy: "The Intersection of Markets, Trading, and Life!"
Where to find it: http://bclund.com/
Favourite post: 5 Reasons You Deserve to Lose Every Penny in the Market
8. The Brooklyn Investor
This blog is on the list, not for its design, but for the extremely detailed analyses of individual securities. Each article contains extracts from annual reports and investor presentations, presented in graphs and tables to make the information easier to understand. Although you might not be interested in purchasing the security being analysed, you will still find valuable tips on how to do sufficient equity research.
Philosophy: "Random Thoughts on Investing and Investment Ideas."
Where to find it: http://brooklyninvestor.blogspot.com/
Favourite post: Kraft-Heinz
I trust you have enjoyed reading all the fascinating value investing insights these blogs have to offer. Hopefully you have bookmarked a few of them for future reference. If you have any other great value investing blogs that we need to know of, then please share the URL in the comment section below.