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Geoff Gannon November 22, 2007

Happy Thanksgiving

Here are some of the blogs I am thankful for and some of their most recent posts:

Fat Pitch Financials – Adding Western Sizzlin

Controlled Greed – Buying Whirlpool

Value Blog Review – Future Blind Blog Review

Value Discipline – Happy Thanksgiving

Bill Rempel, a.k.a. No DooDahs! – Making Measurements of Risk

Cheap Stocks – New Life in the Land of the Forgotten: Ranks of Tiny, Profitable Net/Nets Growing

Happy Thanksgiving.…

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Geoff Gannon November 16, 2007

Bill Rempel Wants Your Help

I try not to let this blog stray from the subject of investing – and I don’t think politics has ever been mentioned on this blog before – but, this recent post from Bill Rempel changes that.

Long-time readers of this blog know that Bill has inspired several posts, responses, and debates on this blog with what he has written on his blog. Especially in the first few months of this blog’s life, Bill was responsible for making it a better, more interesting place for readers and the author alike.

Bill has been a friend of this blog. And now he wants your help.

I encourage everyone who has enjoyed reading my blog to follow the link to Bill’s blog and read what he has to say. For other investing bloggers who have benefited from reading Bill’s blog as I have, I encourage them to link to Bill’s call for help.

You needn’t even agree with what he’s trying to accomplish – simply encourage your readers to visit his blog and decide for themselves.

Help Bill Rempel

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Geoff Gannon November 6, 2007

Interesting Items for Tuesday, November 06, 2007

A couple special situation announcements top today’s interesting item list.

Entergy (ETR) announced it will spin-off its unregulated nuclear plants. Read this 24/7 Wall St. post for details. Also, see this SEC Investor post.

This is potentially a very interesting spin-off (however, like all spin-offs, it will ultimately come down to price) because of the nature of the assets being spun off, expected major differences in the amount of financial leverage, earnings volatility, regulatory environment etc. between the parent and the spin-off, and because of the joint venture services company.

The spin-off is planned for some time around the third quarter of 2008. Watch this one carefully. Study it; value it; then, see where it starts trading and whether you ought to buy it. This spin-off has the potential to be one of the most interesting opportunities of 2008.

This next special situation will likely garner a few more headlines than the Entergy spin-off, because of the personalities involved – yes, I’m talking about IAC/InteractiveCorp (IACI). The break-up is being discussed in major media outlets. You can learn the basics there.

Here are three posts on the subject:

Street Capitalist – Special Situation: IAC/InteractiveCorp Breakup

SEC Investor: IAC Splits Up Into Five

Controlled Greed – Does IAC/InteractiveCorp Splitting Advance Diller/Malone Story?


Finally, let me mention something that Rick Konrad wrote that mentions something that I wrote – the topic is formulaic investing:

Reflections on Value Investing: Formulaic Investing

Value Discipline: Some Thoughts on Formulaic Investing

Visit 24/7 Wall St.

Visit SEC Investor

Visit Street Capitalist

Visit Controlled Greed

Visit Reflections on Value Investing

Visit Value Discipline

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Geoff Gannon November 6, 2007

Pompous Prognostication: Irish Banks

Many readers of this blog would like me to make more specific, actionable stock “calls”. This isn’t really that sort of blog; but, I’ll try to appease those readers with an occasional pompous prognostication. Here is today’s:

Irish stocks look cheap. Irish banks look very cheap.

The Irish banking industry is highly concentrated; a few players account for the majority of the industry. It’s been an excellent business for a long-time; and in the long-term I expect it to continue to be an excellent business.

In the short-term, the Irish economy is going to slow-down, house prices are going to drop sharply (more sharply than in the U.S.), and construction activity is going to drop dramatically (much more dramatically than in the U.S. – where a lot of uneconomic building has continued despite the dire headlines).

Two banks (with ADRs) worthy of your consideration are Bank of Ireland (IRE) and Allied Irish Banks (AIB).

Your time will be much better spent studying these two companies than trying to sift through the rubble and find a gem among the major U.S. financial services firms who face:

1. A tougher short-term credit environment
2. A less promising long-term economic outlook
3. An inferior competitive position

Furthermore, these major U.S. financial services firms – diversified though they may be – have shown no evidence of possessing corporate cultures more inclined to conservativism than the Irish banks mentioned above. So, basically, these great big behemoths are set to sail stormier seas with inferior crews.

I know you think you know Citigroup, JP Morgan, Bank of America, and Washington Mutual – and maybe you do. But, now’s the time to get to know these two Irish banks, which I think you’ll find are better buys than the domestic giants that constantly clog the financial media with headlines.

So that’s today’s pompous prognostication: Shares of Irish banks, Bank of Ireland and Allied Irish Banks, to outperform the biggest U.S. banks.

More importantly, shares of these two Irish banks look cheap for long-term investors, not just relative to the biggest U.S. banks, but relative to just about everything out there – in the U.S. and abroad.…

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Geoff Gannon November 5, 2007

Interesting Items for Monday, November 05, 2007

I’ve reorganized the site. You can now browse all of the past 20 Questions interviews by clicking on the “Interviews” link on the right side of your screen.

If you’re an investing blogger interested in answering these 20 questions, send me an email.

I’m also open to doing occasional email interviews with others who want to get themselves in front of an audience interested in investing generally and value investing especially. So, if you’re the author of an investing book, the creator of an investment website, etc. feel free to email me to request an interview.

My conditions for all interviews are simple: They are conducted by email. I provide the questions; you provide the answers. We both get a veto on the final product. At any time, I can choose not to run the interview – however, you have my word that if I run it, I will run it in full exactly as I last showed it to you. I may decide not to put you out there for a variety of reasons (usually the direct result of an overly promotional or uninteresting interview subject); but, if I do put you out there, I won’t make you look like a fool or put my words in your mouth.

If you’d like to be interviewed, send me an email.

George of Fat Pitch Financials and Value Investing News interviews Vitaliy Katsenelson, author of Active Value InvestingRead the interview.

Cheap Stocks is Losing Patience With Tootsie Roll.

Fat Pitch Financials updates the performance of its Special Situations Real Money Portfolio. Since inception, the portfolio has achieved an annualized return of 25.4%.

Tom Brokaw interviewed Warren Buffett. Watch the full interview.…

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