FR: Make Money Along With This CEO

Article: Make Money Along With This CEO

The first “Fool Revisited” piece today was yet another article written about Under Armour (NYSE: UAA). It is pretty obvious from some of my first articles that I wrote for the Fool that I had an affinity for the company, and this was a further expansion of that with a discussion on CEO Kevin Plank’s compensation received for shepherding the company through a period of seemingly never-ending growth.

This was an attempt to expand on the idea of qualitative investing versus quantitative investing. While it is important to point to whatever metrics make sense to you as you are choosing a company, numbers often don’t tell the whole story. A company – like Under Armour and thousands of others – can be doing exceptionally well, and sometimes the numbers are just hard to put into context all things considered, so it can be important to take a step back from time to time to examine the entire picture. Continue reading

FR: Mixing Friends and Stocks Foolishly

Article: Mixing Friends and Stocks Foolishly

Up next in my “Fool Revisited” series is a piece on one of my favorite companies, though I don’t know if I’d consider them a great investment anymore. Under Armour (NYSE: UAA, NYSE: UA) will make multiple appearances throughout this series, and a lot of those articles will have talked about inventory levels and revenue growth and all that. But for now, my second published article was influenced by my friend Shawn and his appreciation for the clothing manufacturer based out of Baltimore, MD.

Prior to my time at the Fool, I had spent countless hours while deployed to Iraq discussing stocks and investing with Shawn. While I had invested previous to these conversations, Shawn had a different perspective on investing, a perspective I would learn to appreciate once I was schooled in the “Foolish” mindset upon my arrival in Alexandra for the Writer’s Development Program. His adoration for Kevin Plank, founder and CEO of Under Armour, is an example of using qualitative information when choosing an investment, though it should also be only one factor when choosing companies in which to invest.   Continue reading