Why notes?

Have you ever experienced how one moment in life seemed to be as fresh as yesterday until you realized that was the case more than a year ago? It happens to people all the time.

Remember when you saw The Lord of the Rings for the first time? Not too long ago, yes? Oh, it was 21 years ago. Or maybe the market crash of 2008? The unforgivable feeling of the next business day just 30 minutes before the market opens when you don’t know what else can go wrong. But yeah, it’s been 14 years since then.

This is how our brain works. The more often we return to a particular event in the past, or the more significant the event was in our life, the less distant it seems to us. What’s interesting is that the emotional feeling doesn’t matter. It works well for both happy and negative memories. It’s just a matter of repeating a particular situation in your head. High frequency compels your brain to think like it was yesterday.

This willingness to keep my investment experience fresh is the main reason why I started taking notes about good events and, in particular, bad ones. When I write about some ideas in my "notebook" here, I tend to spend a lot of time rereading the draft multiple times before it’s published and again when I scroll through all my articles after that. So can you.

What to expect as a subscriber:

I’ll share my investment experience with you through notes. Usually, I publish them once a week. But sometimes it can be more frequent when I’m not too busy analyzing companies or managing operations at Roic.

Occasionally, you’ll see notes covering broad topics such as economics, pollution, physics, technology, and many more. Most of the time, though, I publish a deep-dive stock analysis of companies that intrigue me because of the lucrative long-term return on investment they offer.

You can learn from my mistakes (hopefully not too frequent). At least it's way cheaper for your pocket than doing so on your own. All my investment progress, i.e., stock returns and positions, is published once a quarter. In my experience, this time frame isn't too shabby to catch the train by simulating the portfolio.

Who are you, Vlad?

Speaking of my background, I have a BSc and an MSc in Math, started programming when I was 13, and fell in love with entrepreneurship and investing thereafter.

On my tech side, I started a financial startup called roic.ai as a handy tool for super-quick analysis of publicly traded companies. If you haven’t tried it already, I advise you to do this. The service grew very fast to 200,000 users per month and is still doing so. We don’t have plans to monetize it aggressively, just to cover expenses. This is why we provide most financial data for free.

My investment style is as close to buying a business, not a stock, as it can be. So I don’t accumulate positions in companies with a negative expected return on my money or unjustifiable valuation metrics. And founders’ tales have no effect on me (at least I wish to think this way). More details can be obtained by reading my publications.

Therefore, I invite you to read a very intriguing note about the similarities between flipping things and investing.

Take care of yourself and your return.

Twitter: @vladcx
Email: vlad@roic.ai

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