Topic Archives: Markel (MKL)

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Brunch with Markel

Markel hosts a brunch each year following the Berkshire Hathaway Annual Meeting, and has done so for 25 years now — during which time the company has grown considerably, from a small $100 million family-controlled specialty insurance company just starting to explore value investing with their new portfolio manager, Tom Gayner, to a $12 billion […]

“One of the best biotech companies that I’ve ever looked at…” Plus some updates for the Friday File

I’ve got a big ol’ pile of updates and thoughts about a dozen or so companies to get to, but we’re going to start with a teaser solution today. Paul Mampilly of Agora Financial’s FDA Trader apparently sent around a teaser note to his own subscribers (I say “apparently” because I’ve only seen the cut-and-paste […]

Lisa Rapuano, “Finding Your Way Along the Many Paths of Value”

These are my notes and instant reactions from a presentation at the Value Investing Congress, the notes below might contain errors, paraphrases, incorrect quotes, or misinterpretations. Lisa Rapuano presented about the importance of personality and temperament in managing your own investment portfolio. A common trait among successful investors is adherence to a process. I took […]

Back to 1.2X Book, Good for Greenlight, and Some other Updates on New Stocks and Favorites

Markel released their earnings last night, and they were, well, typical very good Markel earnings — they actually had an above average year in some ways, with good underwriting and not much catastrophe loss and good increases in sales (written premiums). And now, after crashing to about 1.05X book value after announcing the Alterra acquisition, […]

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