Tuesday, October 25, 2011

The Inoculated Investor is Moving!

Dear Readers,
After about two and half years using Blogger as the primary medium for sharing my thoughts, notes and links, The Inoculated Investor has found a new home. Specifically, the change is being made due to some compliance concerns and, most importantly, my overwhelming desire to have the time I spend blogging benefit my new firm, Cove Street Capital, as well. 
The good news is that nothing is going to change other than the website. In fact, I may even be posting more often than I was in the past. In addition to commentary pieces and notes from the seminal events of the year—the Berkshire annual meeting for example—I hope to also post notes from industry conferences and management meetings. Further, readers will also have access to material from portfolio manager Jeff Bronchick, who used to write for TheStreet.com, and Eugene Robin, my partner in crime on the analyst side. I personally believe that the integrated site will offer additional content that makes it more valuable than my site alone.
So, the obvious question is, if you want to continue to follow The Inoculated Investor, how should you sign up? Well, there are a number of ways and we want to make it very convenient for people because the goal is to transition as many readers as possible to the Cove Street site.
First, you can bookmark the site on your web browser. Click here for the homepage of the Cove Street blog and here for my new homepage. If you click either link you will be able to sign up for our mailing list in the box located on the right-hand side of the page. In order to not inundate people, we make sure to only send out emails to subscribers that highlight recent blog content once a week. At that point you will be able to pick and choose what you want to read but I hope that you will sample material from all of the members of the Cove Street team.
Next, for those of you who are more used to using programs such as Google Reader to access blog sites’ RSS feeds, you can sign up for Cove Street’s RSS feed by clicking this link (try using Internet Explorer if Google Chrome or Firefox won’t access the link). For those of you who are already subscribers to The Inoculated Investor’s RSS feed, we will take the liberty of signing you up for Cove Street’s RSS feed as well. I hope you do not feel that this is an intrusion of your privacy and I apologize for any inconvenience. I am just passionate about not losing the people who have followed me over the past few years. If you do not want to view Cove Street content through your RSS reader, feel free to delete the confirmation email you receive or simply email us at Questions@CoveStreetCapital.com.
Finally, I want to assure you that the current site is not going anywhere. For anyone who wants to access old postings, they will remain available. In fact, I will continue to post links to the newest content—that will be exclusively available on Cove Street’s site—on the front page of The Inoculated Investor site. However, as of December 1st, 2011, I will post a permanent link to my new home and cease posting on the Blogger site.
My goal has always been the same: to post valuable content that both informs readers and resonates with them. As such, the change in locations will not alter my objectives. I sincerely you hope you will follow me in this new endeavor. If you have any questions or comments, feel free to email me at inoculatedinvestor@gmail.com (this email will remain in use as well).
Thank you for all of your support. I leave with a link to my newest thought piece, officially available on Cove Street’s blog site: In a Zero Hedge World, Investors Must Stay Nimble.
Ben Claremon
The Inoculated Investor
Analyst, Cove Street Capital