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We are revisiting an exclusive interview we had with the Fairholme Fund’s Bruce Berkowitz this fall. Berkowitz is a Great Investor who always generates a great deal of interest and controversy because of his deep value and extremely “concentrated” investment approach. This time was no exception! The week after the interview a Federal Court judge dismissed a lawsuit Fairholme and others had filed against the U.S. Treasury Department over its 2012 decision to take all of the profits generated by mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Fairholme has a big position in both. In a message to shareholders Berkowitz said we “strongly disagree with the court’s conclusions,…and will continue to pursue our legal rights”…including continuing another lawsuit to obtain “just compensation” for minority shareholders. Continue Reading »
The Tocqueville Fund’s Robert Kleinschmidt started nibbling on Apple well over a year ago when the stock was much lower. As a deep value investor Kleinschmidt says he is less enthusiastic about Apple now because it’s not as “dirt cheap” and views it as a “not terribly strong hold.” I asked him about another aspect to the Apple story, CEO Tim Cook’s recent announcement that he was gay. What impact if any would it have?
Tocqueville Fund’s Robert Kleinschmidt prides himself on being an independent thinker. In his exclusive interview with WEALTHTRACK he does not disappoint. While the rest of Wall Street has been expecting the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates he says they won’t, and while most investors run from troubled stocks he finds gems among them. His deep value approach has generally worked. Under his stewardship, the 4-star rated Tocqueville Fund has delivered market and category beating returns. Continue Reading »