What are we reading?

Crazy Investing Facts (here)

The great bribe-the-distributor program (here)

Is another tech bust coming (here)

Counter-intuitive competitive advantages (here)

Recessions: it’s been a while (here)

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Blast from the Past: Timely reminder to think for yourself — Munger on Valeant

This is a dated post but fun nevertheless.

It all started in April 2015 when Valeant Pharma was the toast of town.

And then Charlie said this: “Valeant is like ITT and Harold Geneen come back to life, only the guy is worse this time.”

No one really understood what Charlie meant at that point. There were some speculations but no one was sure. This was way before the entire Valeant thing unraveled. Pause a moment to think. A lot of us had access to the same information and Munger came to a radically different conclusion than the rest of the market. Bill Ackman tried to reach out to Charlie and convince him otherwise here. Charlie turned out to be correct. How many times as investors have we had a radically different opinion than the rest of the market put together and been right? Are the markets always efficient? What qualitative factor is the market not pricing in that is not evident in the numbers?

In November in 2015, he explained himself further when Valeant started to come apart. Look at the initial response from Munger.

Later, of course, Munger ended up comparing Valeant to a sewer.

Here is how Valent played out finally. They now trade as Bausch Health Companies (BHC).

Now, Charlie also said Ackman was right on Herbalife; that has not proven out yet. Independent thinking….

What are we reading?

  1. Charter executive questions 5G (here)
  2. Dawn of 5G: Will wireless kill the broadband star? (here)
  3. Here’s why your cable company wants to be your wireless provider (here)
  4. Charter tests 5G in six cities (here)
  5. T-Mobile calls Comcast irrelevant but results disagree (here)
  6. John Malone thinks cable and wireless are destined to consolidate (here) — dated post
  7. Liberty Global quietly reshapes its 5G strategy (here)
  8. Why the US cable industry is poised for recovery (here)
  9. Case for cable (here)
  10. Charter looks beyond MVNO and prepares to launch wireless next year (here)
  11. Charter is testing 6G Wireless (here)