Yes, independence from companies matters

Intelligent Investor delivers opinions. In short, we tell you whether you should buy, hold or sell a stock. So it’s no longer surprising to us that companies occasionally attempt to influence our opinions.Does that shock you? If it doesn’t, it should.Of course, we rarely receive criticism of the recommendation itself. The criticism is usually framed to suggest we’ve misunderstood the business, or made incorrect assumptions. Investor Relations or senior management then invites us in for a chat to ‘explain how the business works’.We have to wonder if this phrasing is deliberately condescending. We analyse how businesses work all day, every...

Intelligent Investor delivers opinions. In short, we tell you whether you should buy, hold or sell a stock. So it’s no longer surprising to us that companies occasionally attempt to influence our opinions.

Does that shock you? If it doesn’t, it should.

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