100 Baggers by Chris Mayer

100 Baggers by Chris Mayer I have completed the 100 baggers book by Chris Mayer. Personally, I am not too impressed by the insights provided by the book. The content seemed to be an amalgamation of the thoughts and quotes / best practices of the more esteemed value investors, with little original insight. I personally like the philosophy of the book to prepare the investor towards longer term holdings instead of churning the portfolio unnecessarily, but there are salient points that I think are logical fallacies and very dangerous for the amateur investor, and hard to implement even for full time investors. Nonetheless, I have shortlisted a number of professional investors that is attempting to implement this approach and I may segregate a portion of my <Mental-writeoff> portfolio to these stock ideas.  Problems with the Hundred Bagger approach 1) Huge survivor-ship bias and <Qualitative Back Testing> Due to the adaptive nature of the markets, I do not think that a commo

The Pied Piper of SPACs

The Pied Piper of SPACs| Characteristics of Operating managers / Investing managers to Avoid 1) Two-faced inconsistent communication style between trusted followers <Rebellious Teen> and social media <Social Justice Capitalism>. Hustler like personality and shameless self promotion   Particularly talented at manipulating the media, combining storytelling, narratives and buzzwords “Polarization gets you on CNBC, it gets you Twitter followers, it gets you a megaphone. If you believe that Chamath can get an hour on CNBC to explain Virgin Galactic, then you want to buy into this deal, because attention is money.” On CNBC, he adopted the calm and serious language of high finance. On podcasts, he waxed sincere, confessing (  that, by working with two therapists, he ha

Big Mistakes – The Best investors and their worst Investments

  Big Mistakes – The Best investors and their worst Investments One of the best books I recently read about investing is from Michael Batnick, which writes in his blog .One common problem for investors is that they commonly fall into the authority bias, and hero worship <The Greats>, or any new upcoming charismatic personality that is been promoted on CNBC Twitter and Bloomberg, instead of vetting their long term performance or their flaws. I personally find the story of Bill Ackman particularly fascinating and will follow up with a separate post on his hits and misses. This book provides a good reminder that even the best investors are merely human and makes the same mistakes as any other, and the wise learn from other’s costly mistakes than to make one themselves. There is a great quote from this book which I take it to heart.   <The difference between the normal investors and the great investors, is that the normal ones are setback