Tim Melvin is a writer from Windermere, Fla. In addition to writing about the markets, he manages accounts for family and friends. He has written serveral articles and collaborated on several investment books. Prior to striking out on his own he spent 20 years a stockbroker, the last 15 as a Vice President of Investments with a regional firm in the Mid Atlantic area. He specializes in deep value investing as well as special situations and activist stocks, and is the author of the Junior Chamber Course on Value Investing, as well as numerous articles in various publications on the subject of value investing, the stock market and the world around us.

Combining screens to reveal low-hanging fruit.
Many are tight-fisted or don't see a bottom yet.
Many believe they are a great opportunity in the markets now.
CBNJ could be a 'Trade of the Decade' stock.
Community bank stocks are similar to his 1950s' purchases.
He believed in finding good stocks and not following the crowd.
A coalition would seek lower returns over longer period.
Avoiding imperfect stocks should be part of your strategy.
Bank of the Ozarks is the poster child for doing takeovers.
I talk about this opportunity a lot and sometimes feel like the lost prophet.

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I always say avoid the self confident who are full of themselves. The only certainty (in the markets) is the l...
Kudos to Bret "Not George" Jensen today in my Diary. Great job.
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