Monthly Archives: December 2019

Some links

A list of 52 interesting and surprising (general) facts

A great series on TV/Media companies at YetAnotherValueblog: Intro, part 1 -broadcasters, part 2 – networks, part 3 – sports rights

2019 seems to be a depressing year for active fund management

GreenWood on changing investment thesis and why they still like TripAdvisor

The best stock market in 2019 so far is ….Russia !!!

Q3 Letterfrom the Bireme Fundamental Value fund

The “Chinese tesla” Nio is in deep trouble

 

Post Mortem analysis: Cars.com, Expedia & Record Plc

A quick “post mortem” on three stocks that I recently exited: Expedia, Cars.com & Record Plc. All three were disappointing in absolute or relative terms and especially in two cases I really made mistakes.

Expedia:

Some days ago, I sold my Expedia shares with a small ~10% profit, although the stock dropped by almost -30% in one day after the Q3 result announcement.

What happened ? Well, Google travel seems to have taken a big dent out of Expedia’s business. I even wrote about Google travel some months ago but didn’t actually do anything. This was my takeaway back then:

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Some links

A good overview on African capital markets from Ashmore

The Brooklyn Investor with another great all-around post (Streeaming, Malone, bubble watch)

VC “Guru” Paul Graham on bus ticket collectors and the importance of obsessions for success

The yetanothervalueblog with one of its typical wide ranging posts (

Some interesting ideas taken out of Q3 hedge fund letters (ATT, Luxotica etc.)

Forager’s 2019 Book recommendations

Morgan Housel recommends not to follow any gurus