On Float The 60 Page Book Released

On Float The 60 Page Book Released

Over the last seven months I’ve detailed investment float a lot here.  All the nuances, and both the positives and negatives of float.

The hope being we’ll have a huge advantage over other investors by knowing the immense power float holds.  How to evaluate it.  And how it affects a company’s value among many other things.

Over the last seven months, seven parts, 12,000 words, and 60 pages of content I explain all the following in detail.

  • What float is.
  • Why it’s important.
  • How companies can use float as positive leverage.
  • How Buffett got so rich using float.
  • How to find float on a balance sheet.
  • How to evaluate float.
  • How float affects a company and its margins.
  • Maybe the most important thing why float affects a company and its margins.
  • How float affects a company’s value.
  • And answered the question is float ever bad?

I released the last part of the On Float series on the blog last week so why am I writing this post?

Because I’ve compiled all the information above and put the content into a 60 page PDF book that’s releasing free today.

And by free I mean free.

You don’t have to pay me a cent.  Don’t have to pass this along on Twitter or Facebook.  And don’t even have to give me your email address to gain access to this book.

All you have to do to download this book is click on the link below.  That’s it.

On Float The 60 Page Book

Feel free to share this with anyone you’d like and as many people as you’d like.  No restrictions and no hassles.

The only things changed from the blog posts to the transition into book were I deleted some redundancy from the blog posts and changed/fixed some formatting issues that popped up in the transition.

All other content to my knowledge is the same.

I hope you enjoy and learn as much from this information as I have.

The 15 Steps I Took To Become An Excellent Value Investor

The 15 Steps I Took To Become An Excellent Value Investor

A couple weeks ago Bill over at Trade Rush Review asked me to write-up a guest post on the 15 steps I took to become an excellent value investor for his subscribers.  And the post went live yesterday.

Not only does the article detail the steps I took to change from an idiot investor to an excellent investor.  But it also contains a shareable and saveable infographic that you can use.

All the advice is simple to follow.  And easy to start.

And you can use the advice in the article to become an excellent value investor too.

This does not mean the process of becoming an excellent value investor is easy.  But as I say in the article:

“Value investing does not require high intelligence.  Or a specialized skill set.

Ignore your inner hater that says you can’t do this.  You’re wasting your time. And you won’t become an excellent value investor.

I Promise you’ll become an excellent value investor if have the proper mindset.  Put in the time.  And continue to improve over time.”

Here is Bill’s introduction to my article:

Note from Bill: Let me introduce Jason Rivera a blogger who talks about value investing. If you want a chance in hell of being a value investor, then you need to hear what Jason has to say.

Welcome Jason…

To read the rest of the article and to see the infographic go to this link.

Almost There To Giveaway The Book

And just a reminder about the free book giveaway as well…


We are now two-thirds of the way to the 150 subscriber limit for me to give away a hard copy of the book: The Snowball – Warren Buffett and The Business of Life.

If you want your chance to win this book for free.  Go to this link to subscribe to the blog and you’ll be entered to win.

When this blog gets to 150 subscribers I will pick a winner at random to get the 960 page hard copy of this book for free.  All you’ll need to do if you win is send me your address.  And I’ll ship you the book – at my cost – anywhere in the world.

Giving Away A Hard Copy of: The Snowball – Warren Buffett And The Business of Life

No Weekend Upgrades This Week

My whole family and I have been sick so no weekend upgrades this week.

Giving Away A Hard Copy of: The Snowball – Warren Buffett And The Business of Life

Instead I will be giving away a hard cover copy of The Snowball – Warren Buffett and the Business of Life by Alice Schroeder.

Summary below taken from Amazon:For the first time in his life, after years of turning down offers from authors and publishers, Warren Buffett has agreed to cooperate on a book that will be a biography of his ideas, a perspective that can be applied to business and the day-to-day decisions that dominate our lives. Buffett has opened his world to Alice Schroeder, former managing director at Morgan Stanley, giving her unprecedented access to himself, his files, friends and associates. This will be the book that provides the never-before-published insight into his character and life, distilling the principles and philosophies that have guided him on a path to extraordinary success and esteem. “The Snowball” is indispensable reading for those who wish to know the man behind the outstanding achievements, leadership and philanthropy. There have been many books written about Warren Buffett that purport to reveal the formula for his investment genius, but “The Snowball” will be the first and only book with his cooperation.

All you have to do to be entered to win the 960 page hardcover copy of this book is to subscribe to the blog at this link.

And not only will you be entered to win the book.  But by subscribing you will also get two free gifts that will help you evaluate companies faster.  And get all future blog updates.

Once 150 confirmed subscribers are signed up for the blog.  I will give away the book to anyone.  Anywhere in the world for free.  All you’ll have to do if you win is give me your address.  And I will pay for shipping the book to you.  Anywhere in the world.

Preference will go to people who I see share this on Twitter.  Facebook.  LinkedIn  Reddit. Or wherever.  Make sure to either send me a link to you sharing this post.  Or tag me in the post if on Twitter or Facebook to make sure I see it though.

Good luck.

How To Value Invest Kindle Version Now Free For 5 Days

How to value invest cover for Amazon (2)

The Kindle version of How To Value Invest is now FREE through Amazon for the next 5 days.  If you have wanted a copy of the book to learn how to practically learn how to value and evaluate companies for potential investment but could not afford it or were not sure about paying for it you will now have 5 days to get the book completely for FREE through Amazon.  A description of some of what can be found in the book and testimonials/reviews can be viewed below.


I have separated the reviews/testimonials by bold and unbold fonts below.

“Mr. Rivera’s tome is a useful and honest reflection of his journey into value investing. As such, it would be of immense benefit to fellow travellers who are practicing the art and science of value investing. My sincerest thanks to Mr. Rivera for sharing his experiences with us. I have learnt much from him.”  This high school teacher wished to remain anonymous and sent me this testimonial through email

“Jason commented the book is geared towards beginner and intermediate level value investors, I don’t agree. I’ve read countless value investing books and if you take reading it seriously this book is for all investors even those with years of experience and a formal investment finance education.

I do agree with Jason’s comment you don’t need to an Ivy League school education to be a great investor. If only this kind of book was available when I majored in Investment Finance and Accounting from a “top ranked” NYC Business school. My investment skills would have been far better served reading, studying and understanding all the concepts presented in this book”  Portion of Shadowstock’s review from Amazon.

“Jason hit a home run with this book by filling a void in investing literature that needed to be filled. If this book was on the shelves when I first started learning investing it would have saved me hours of work. Not only does the book teach you everything you need to know to be a great investor, but Jason’s personal story and experience helps show you HOW to learn — even more it shows you how to learn without spending money or going to college. When it’s all said and done, the book keeps its promise: It will teach you to be a value investor while saving you both time and money. $40 beats the costs of a university any day.” Daniel Sparks (Valuefolios) Review From Amazon

“This book gives you a great perspective of how you should evaluate a company from a value investment side.” A portion of a Verified Amazon Purchaser review from Amazon

“Jason Rivera’s first book is a culmination of 5 years of work, and it shows. To the beginner investor: if you ever wanted to learn how to really value companies–not just grab P/E ratios from Morningstar or Yahoo! Finance–this book should be the foundation of how you begin your education.

Mr. Rivera has curated the web’s best investment resources into a streamlined, easy-to-read walkthrough. What sets this book apart is its ability to discuss higher level concepts in the language that introductory investors would understand.

This is a vast genre, but I implore you to invest in Mr. Rivera’s firsthand experience into the subject of financial enlightenment. It’s really that simple.”  Jake’s Review from Amazon

There is plenty to be inspired by in this book, The author is a private investor who has taught himself how to be a value investor through perseverance, focus and many, many hours of reading, either books, articles or just surfing the internet. The message is clear, if you want to be a good value investor you don’t need an MBA but do need to put in the time and practice; this book though can help you on your journey.

What I liked most are the 11 chapters each dedicated to a case study where a companies stock is valued using different mixes of valuation techniques. These range, for example, from ‘asset reproduction value’, ‘sum of the parts’ and ‘relative valuations’. There is plenty to learn in how to value a company and what metrics/ratios can be used. The author looks for value but also the Buffett styled ‘moat’ to ensure competitive advantage of the company.

What I also enjoyed very much is the authors analysis of his original case studies and how the investment played put. This was done with great honesty even when it didn’t go exactly to plan and mistakes were made in hindsight. This is not only refreshing for the reader but also critical for investors to improve their skills. In addition there are plenty of suggestions of books to read and websites to visit to help you further expand your knowledge.  A portion of Valuefactors review on Amazon UK.

The premise of this book is very simple: You no longer need to go to an expensive Ivy League level school to learn how to become an excellent value investor, and I am going to show you the steps I took to teach myself about investing and how you too can become an excellent value investor without going to college.

If you want to become an excellent value investor faster, while also saving yourself a lot of money in the process, then continue on and learn from my value investing journey.  The book is geared towards beginner and intermediate level value investors to help reduce the main problem and frustration I had when I started to teach myself; wasted time.   A small portion of what will be taught in the book is below:

  1. How to use the valuation techniques that I use, how to adjust them, and what they mean for the overall investment thesis.
  2. How to properly evaluate a company’s financial reports, profitability ratios, and debt ratios to help decide if the company is a potentially good investment.
  3. I will tell you how I make sell decisions now and how I used to make them.  This includes me sharing how I missed out on a nearly 70% gain because I didn’t have the proper sell decision processes in place when fully invested and how you can avoid the same mistakes.
  4. I will share with you how I do research now and how I used to do research by showing you how to discard bad companies a lot faster which will save you a lot of time and leads to finding better companies quicker.

If you learn and put into practice what is shown in the book, work hard, continue to learn, and develop your own proper thought, investment processes, and mind-set than I guarantee that you will be a better at evaluating companies for investment than most MBA’s and professional level investors all for less than 1/3 of the price of ONE college textbook, for a fraction of the cost of going to a university, and you will also be saving yourself YEARS of time from having to find all of this information by yourself like I had to.

The links for foreign Amazon sites can be found on this page.

Also, if you could please take 30 seconds of your time to review the book on Amazon and send me testimonials of the book that I could post on the blog I would greatly appreciate it. Please pass this along to your colleagues and friends who are interested in investing as well.


FREE Kindle Version of How To Value Invest and New Paperback Price

As I mentioned in yesterdays video here, I am putting How To Value Invest the Kindle version, on sale for 5 days starting tomorrow morning 6 AM PST, completely for FREE.  I want to get the book into as many hands as possible and have received some emails from people in various countries that they would like to read but could not afford the book.  If you have ever wanted to buy the book but were worried about the price, you now have no excuses to pick it up because for 5 days starting tomorrow at 6 am PST you can get it for FREE through Amazon.

Starting NOW I have also PERMANENTLY dropped the price of the paperback version of How To Value Invest to $12.99 to bring it into line with the pricing of most paperback versions of other investing books, again to get the book into as many hands as possible.

Starting tomorrow you can get the Kindle version either directly from Amazon or linked through my site on this page, where you can also view reader testimonials, reviews, and download some excerpts from the book and preview the first several chapters of it as well.  As of the time of this writing the paperback version of How To Value Invest is supposed to be selling for $12.99 if you want to pick it up at its new price, but is still showing the old price so please make sure that if you are buying the paperback version of the book that you are paying $12.99 through Amazon BEFORE BUYING it as it takes some time for Amazon to update prices.