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Resolve's Gestalt University

Jan 31, 2022

The prospect of normalizing monetary policy has been the main catalyst for a major equity rotation that has favored value stocks. Could this be the long-awaited reawakening of value investing? We had the pleasure of speaking to Rafael “Rafa” Resendes, co-founder of Applied Finance and prominent value investor. Our conversation covered:

  • Economic ValueTM as a core metric
  • The power of the Investment Factor
  • The importance of capitalizing R&D and other balance sheet adjustments
  • Sensitivity analyses – recognizing how impactful assumptions on growth and cost of capital can be for valuations
  • Risks that cannot be diversified away must offer higher returns
  • Why CAPM doesn’t make sense, both empirically and logically
  • A market implied approach to cost of capital
  • Leverage and size matter (a lot), though the former even more than the latter
  • Taking advantage of historic mis-pricings
  • Multiples, profitability, risk and competition
  • The relevance of a company’s cash flow duration, and how it relates to interest rates
  • Balancing risk vs duration
  • Intrinsic value and asset pricing models
  • Valuation as measured by implied future growth


Thank you for watching and listening. See you next week.


This is “ReSolve’s Riffs” – live on YouTube every Friday afternoon to debate the most relevant investment topics of the day, hosted by Adam Butler, Mike Philbrick and Rodrigo Gordillo of ReSolve Global* and Richard Laterman of ReSolve Asset Management.


*ReSolve Global refers to ReSolve Asset Management SEZC (Cayman) which is registered with the Commodity Futures Trading Commission as a commodity trading advisor and commodity pool operator. This registration is administered through the National Futures Association (“NFA”). Further, ReSolve Global is a registered person with the Cayman Islands Monetary Authority.