February 4, 2013

House View

Headquartered in Edinburgh, Standard Life manages over $100billion and has been around since 1825 (at least the parent company).  I’ve never been to Scotland, but supposedly that’s where my name derives from – Mebane is Southern (US), derived from Scottish (McBain […]
January 31, 2013

Ultra Long Trends

I’ve featured Eric Crittenden and Cole Wilcox a number of times on the blog over the years with their previous firm, Blackstar.  They have changed the name to Longboard (which being a rather poor but aspiring surfer I like), and […]
January 27, 2013

Ivy Update

We took a deep dive into how the top universities managed their endowments in our book The Ivy Portfolio.  Hallmarks of the endowment style include a true global focus, a heavy weighting to equity like assets, and active management in asset […]
January 23, 2013

Harnessing the best ideas from academia

It is really, really difficult to stay abreast of all of the white papers and academic papers that come out on a daily basis.  There used to be a service called Alpha Letters (not sure what happened to it) that […]
January 20, 2013

Top FX Strategy in 2012

I’m sure many of you already have Bloomberg terminals on your desk, and therefore likely already receive their Bloomberg Brief. For those that don’t want to shell out over $20k for a terminal, here is a nice end of year […]
January 15, 2013

The Good Without the Awful

Most of you are likely already familiar with John Hussman.  His weekly commentary is a must read of economic and market analysis that he has been writing since 1988.  Below is a recent piece that constructs a multi-factor model for […]
January 12, 2013

Fewer Storms, More Sunny Breaks

Before we get into this week’s issue, I wanted to direct readers to a post I did on my blog on profit margins.  It has links to pieces by Whitebox’s Redleaf , GMO’s Montier, Siegel, and Hussman.  A fun read with […]
January 10, 2013

Income Outcome

Note:  I’m upgrading the technology we use to send out our emails.  If you don’t want to receive The Idea Farm emails, please click ‘unsubscribe’ below. I was at a conference in 2012 (I can’t remember which, although it was in LA), […]
January 6, 2013

Calm Before the Storm

Since we have profiled Grant’s Interest Rate Observer before, I’m not going to do an intro and excerpt, just straight to the issue.  Enjoy! —- Download the PDF here: Calm Before the Storm http://www.grantspub.com About Grant’s: Grant’s Interest Rate Observer […]
January 4, 2013

Contrarian Dreaming

I know a lot of people don’t like the the year end market outlook pieces everyone puts out, but count me in the minority (I love them). At the very least it gives you consensus perspectives on what market participants […]
December 31, 2012

RA 2013

As we wind down 2012 (from a Southwest flight from DEN to LAX), I thought it would be worthwhile to take a look at the first few months of The Idea Farm, and a look forward. In the first four […]
December 28, 2012

TV is Next

Long time readers know that we find great value in a number of the resources for investors to find new ideas.  Here is a link on our website that lists various conferences throughout the year (I’m speaking at the online Best Ideas […]
December 24, 2012

Holiday Issue

Below is a publication from Citi’s global equity strategy team.  QE, financial repression, and a global snapshot of valuations…oh, and corporate payout mixes too! Here are a few charts and quotes from the piece: —-  Ultra-low Interest Rates — Policy-makers have […]
December 20, 2012

Simple Arithmetic

Quick note before we get to the newsletter:  This is a cool conference Mish is putting on in April in Sonoma featuring speakers Chanos, Hussman, Mauldin and others.  I’m hoping to attend, and it’s for a great cause.  For those unfamilar […]
December 16, 2012


Quick note:  For those attending the TD Ameritrade conference in January, if you want to hear me speak on the new shareholder yield research, vote for my session here! Long time readers know how much I believe in studying other successful […]