Learning that drives better investment decisions

VMC: WACC – Theory versus Reality

Since debt is cheaper than equity, in theory, this would mean that a company would prefer to be fully funded by debt to minimize its cost of capital. However, it’s not the case in reality that a company has a capital structure that is 100% debt.

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8 Value Investing Icons

Value investing is the idea that you can achieve superior investment performance through buying stocks at prices that appear to be below the “intrinsic value” of the business. The investor tries to estimate the intrinsic value of a business through a variety of means such as price-to-book, price-to-earnings, tangible assets value, dividend discount value, or free cash flow value.

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VMC: Learn Practical Skills in Valuation

Most people read textbooks or attend university lectures to understand valuation theory, but the reality is that actual valuation work is very, very different from theory. Many people think “well I’ll just learn valuation on the job.” WRONG.

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VMC: On the Rise of CFA Candidates in Asia

The CFA program has long been viewed as an essential qualification for anyone hoping to enter the lucrative world of investment banking. First conceived in 1942, the CFA program is now one of the US’s most successful exports. And in Asia, the credential is becoming ever more highly prized.

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VMC: Mistake #8: Choosing an Unreasonable Cost of Equity

A very common error that I’ve seen made by analysts is discounting the future cash flows of a business at an unreasonable cost of equity (COE)—which is why it’s valuation mistake #8. Analysts are notorious for trying to manipulate their COE to get the outcome in valuation that they want.

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