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CSC Strategy Letter | Number 25 | T.I.N.A. Will Be a Cruel Mistress

CLICK HERE to download Cove Street Capital’s July 2016 Strategy Letter Number 25, “T.I.N.A. Will Be a Cruel Mistress”

The Only Relevant Color or Gender Here is Non-Depreciating Green. The Alternative Color is Gold.

This was a letter recently released by U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and U.S. Representative John Conyers (D-MI) and was signed by 116 Members of the House of Representatives and 11 senators. Doing counterproductive things to destabilize global economics and […]

Reflections from Omaha: A Case of Cognitive Dissonance

by Ben Claremon | Principal, Research Analyst After taking a year off from partaking in the annual trek to Omaha, I returned to the home of The Oracle looking to be re-invigorated. There is so much noise and nonsense that […]

CSC Strategy Letter | Number 24 | Living in an Economics-Free Zone

CLICK HERE to download Cove Street Capital’s April 2016 Strategy Letter Number 24, “Living in an Economics-Free Zone”

This Just Smells Really Wrong

From a recent interview with Bill Gross, manager of the Janus Global Unconstrained Bond fund: Years of easing by central banks mean that interest rates in most of the developed world will fluctuate narrowly. That offers an opportunity to sell […]

The Next Time You Get Harassed About an Underperforming Year—Bring Out the Singer

From the March 2, 2016 Wall Street Journal: Some traders go short. Others go long. Paul Singer went really, really long. His trade, which is transfixing Wall Street this week, has been one of the most drawn-out and contentious bond-market […]

Buffett’s Annual Report

One of the reasons why Buffett remains important to us is the increasing frequency at which he echoes our own thoughts: I suggest that you ignore a portion of GAAP amortization costs. But it is with some trepidation that I […]

Oh Yes, We Will Own This Some Day

Our man, Dean Pagonis, visited Sun Hydraulics last week under the heading of “How Does This Really Work?” Here is what they told us about “what [they] don’t do.” We like it, but we like it at a lower price. […]

The Five Experiments

While parts of this wander from what we do day to day, I think it can be argued that it is difficult to divorce these issues from investing in today’s world.

Someone Else Thinking Like Us

We ran across Hodak Value as we were reading a proxy that detailed managers not getting paid a bonus because they didn’t hit a target that looked to us as very cleverly designed. You rarely see either—bonuses not being earned […]

Why You Should Give Us Money Right Now

Properly speaking, there are only three reasons why someone should allocate capital to a money manager: 1. New funding or capital inflows. 2. An existing partner whose strategy makes intellectual sense has developed legitimate “people problems”—as in defection, death or […]

A Note From The Portfolio Manager

We have habitually re-counseled clients (and ourselves) that financial markets go down as well as up and that is actually a good thing as we get to “replenish the well” in periods of distress. Thus we generally do not think […]

Supporting Charts – 1st Quarter 2016

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CSC Strategy Letter | Number 23 | Waves in an Ocean of Guesses

CLICK HERE to download Cove Street Capital’s January 2016 Strategy Letter Number 23, “Waves in an Ocean of Guesses”

Pretty Shareholders

As we clean out files and thoughts at year-end, this was a doozy that I think is an interesting view of “shareholder relations” and how badly it can be handled. We simply want to be treated as actual or prospective […]

The Most Important Thing

This remains one of my favorite pieces of self-analysis on not only “how to invest” but how to practically invest and conduct one’s self in the business of managing other people’s money. I read it every year around this time.

The Right Way to Think About It

Warren Buffett: Annual Letter Comments Regarding the Selection of Corporate Directors Berkshire Hathaway 2003 Annual Report: Pages 9-10 (bold added): True independence – meaning the willingness to challenge a forceful CEO when something is wrong or foolish – is an […]

Yes, We Have Written a Letter to the SEC

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The Dismal Science

Click HERE to download Is Economics Research Replicable? Sixty Published Papers from Thirteen Journals Say “Usually Not.”

Grinnell College

There is a lot of money in the world and there are often fascinating stories behind it. This is a great story and what also makes it great is what a pertinent lesson it is for “some people” to understand […]

A New Beginning

Forestar Announces CEO Transition, Management Promotions and Board Retirements  ************************  September 28, 2015 06:45 AM Eastern Daylight Time AUSTIN, Texas–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Forestar Group Inc. (NYSE: FOR) today announced that James M. DeCosmo, President and Chief Executive Officer, stepped down September 25, […]

Right On…181 Years Later

William Leggett, a Jacksonian Democrat and abolitionist, writing in the New York Evening Post, Nov. 21, 1834: “Whenever a Government assumes the power of discriminating between the different classes of the community, it becomes, in effect, the arbiter of their […]

CSC Strategy Letter | Number 22 | Paleo Investing

CLICK HERE to download Cove Street Capital’s September 2015 Strategy Letter Number 22, “Paleo Investing”

Mini Book Review and Thoughts | “Minding the Markets: An Emotional Finance View of Financial Stability” — David Tuckett

I will ignore the somewhat silly premise of the book which was to analyze the emotional nature of “money managers” and thus glean some clues as to how to prevent future financial crashes. But I would note the following: If […]

If You Lacked a Reason to Hate Proxy Advisory Firms Before Today, Here is the Last Straw

Related: Plus ça Change, Plus C’est La Même Chose.; The Fire is Burning Leading Proxy Advisory Firms ISS and Glass Lewis Recommend OM Group Stockholders Vote “FOR” the Merger Transaction with Apollo Affiliated Funds in Partnership with Platform Specialty Products […]

Investment Management is Not a Drinking Game

Aside from a mayonnaise issue, one of the largest pet peeves here is the following: focusing one’s time on finding interesting businesses and values first and then considering some macro considerations next is known as “Bottom-up” investing. It is NOT […]

The Investment World Under Hillary Clinton: Part I

This is certainly our favorite exchange this quarter in the ongoing dialogue between management and shareholders at Richardson Electronics (RELL). The pertinent facts you need to know here are that there is an “A-B” structure that keeps voting control with […]

What Truly Matters is Finding the Right Partners

There is a very real temptation to think someone else is smart based upon the premise that they say things with which you completely agree. Here is a perfect example. Now let’s put this interview into reality. We have met […]

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