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Meet Nate Tobic the unusual US investor and blogger that loves investing in Europe & Japan


I have been an avid reader of Nate Tobik’s (picture right) blog Oddball Stocks since around the start of 2011.

I can’t remember exactly how I found his blog but I think I stumbled over it when he wrote about finding attractively priced companies in Italy.


I wanted to interview Nate to find out more about his investment approach and because he can help you if you are a US investor that would like to invest in Europe as he has found a way of investing worldwide from the USA at reasonable brokerage rates.

If you are not US based I you will also find the interview and his blog interesting as his investment ideas are so far removed from what you see or read in the mainstream media.


Make sure you read to the end of the interview as Nate has got an interesting investment idea for you.

What is money death and how you can avoid it


In January 2012 the Brandes Institute once again published a very interesting 32 page research paper called "Boomers Behaving Badly: A Better Solution to the “Money Death” Problem" that you will most definitely be interested in because it affects your retirement.

The paper tells you what you have to do to avoid "money death" - the risk that you run out of money during your retirement.

More research lowers your returns


I'm sure you'll agree that the Internet is a wonderful thing, specifically as an investor.

The amount of information you can find on the company is truly astounding, investment opinions, newspaper and magazine articles as well as in a lot of cases analyst reports.

But does all this information equal knowledge? Do you believe that in order to generate market beating investment performance you need to know more than everybody else?

Less is more

This is what I always thought but to make sure this is right I looked for studies to confirm this. But I could not find any. In fact the studies I found said the exact opposite.

Even worse the studies found that as the amount of information increases it increases confidence rather than accuracy.

Profit warnings: Numbers, Time periods and What must you do?


If a company in your portfolio issues a profit warning should you sell, buy more or just stay invested?

That is exactly the question I asked myself after experiencing quite a few profit warnings recently. I wondered if there wasn’t a tested rule I could follow that for example says sell immediately after a profit warning is announced and buy the position back in a few months’ time.

I decided to take a look at a research studies on profit warnings to see if there is not a strategy that will make you come out ahead.

How to really cut your time to valuing US companies an interview with Jae Jun


I have been an avid reader of Jae Jun’s blog Old School Value since at least 2009.


From a modest start, writing about his own value investing experiences, and companies he was investing in he has built his blog and website into real treasure trove of information you can use.

And best of all it’s nearly all free.


As you will see in the interview below Jae is a Benjamin Graham type of investor, preferring to invest when a company trades at less than net current assets or meets the classic Ben Graham checklist.

And to help you identify this type of companies he has a free screener on his website you can use.  

Capital preservation first – 10 questions for Tim Price


If you have been receiving my newsletter for some time you may have noticed that I am very fond of articles written by Tim Price Director of Investment at PFP Wealth Management in London.

Past articles I have shared with you are:

Printing money - A warning from history

A case for gold

Indecent Haste

Happy New Fear

Hitting it out of the park

All articles are definitely worth a few minutes of your time.

Tim was recently kind enough to agree to an interview where he talked about his investment philosophy, mistakes and explains how you can invest with a focus on capital preservation.

Here's the interview (emphasis mine).