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About This Course

This course is a collection of everything I have found to find public investment information before others.

By obsessively looking for information on my own investments, I have discovered places to look to find information before others.

 

What is Sleuthing?

To Sleuth is to "carry out a careful investigation".

From the book, "The Sleuth Investor", they say, "To make real money in the stock market you have to act like a sleuth. It's not enough to rely on SEC files, annual reports, and press releases. To uncover the most lucrative investments, you must dig beneath the printed surface of public information and sleuth for physical evidence. This is the only way to reveal the actual truth about a company's real value-and its future."

 

What is Scuttlebutt?

This terms was popularized by Phil Fisher in his book "Common Stock and Uncommon Profits

Scuttlebutt involves learning more first-hand information about a company, such as from more "boots-on-the-ground" or "feet-on-the-street" investigating by speaking with others: current employees, past employees, competitors, customers, suppliers, and more. This is usually more information, and sometimes more helpful, than what can be found in financial statements, and can information not yet uncovered by others.

 

 

"How Phil Fisher’s “scuttlebutt” method changed Buffett’s life"

From Warren Buffett in the 1998 Berkshire Hathaway meeting:

"When I started out, and for a long time I used to do a lot of what Phil Fisher described — I followed his scuttlebutt method. And I don’t think you can do too much of it.

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But I believe that as you’re acquiring knowledge about industries in general, companies specifically, that there really isn’t anything like first doing some reading about them, and then getting out and talking to competitors, and customers, and suppliers, and ex-employees, and current employees, and whatever it may be.

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I did that with American Express back in the ’60s and essentially the scuttlebutt approach so reinforced my feeling about it that I kept buying more and more and more as I went along.

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You’ll probably know more about the industry than most of the people in it when you get through, because you’ll bring an independent perspective to it, and you’ll be listening to everything everyone says rather than coming in with these preconceived notions and just sort of listening to your own truths after a while."

Example of Finding Information
 

Finding partnerships before they are confirmed or officially announced.

Tweeted about Zolve being a potential partner on Aug 30, 2021.

On Sep 7, 2021, Cardlytics makes an official post on their website.

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Example of Finding Information
 

Finding partnerships before they are confirmed or officially announced.

 

Found Wedge first on Nov 21, 2021.

 

Partnership was officially announced Jan 21, 2022.

Example of Finding Information
 

Finding partnerships before they are confirmed or officially announced.

 

Found PayFare Dec 27, 2021.

 

Partnership was officially announced Jan 25, 2022.

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What Can You Expect to Learn?

  • Know where to look to find information before others using public information

  • The knowledge I have gained for investigating companies can be applied the same across any company you are interested in

 

How is the Price of the Course Determined?

To put the cost of this course in perspective:

  • One college course can cost anywhere from $1,000 to $7,500+

  • One new observation could be the difference in earnings significant amounts of money

  • One new discovery could be the difference in finding better investments, leading to earnings significant amounts of money, especially when it is repeated over many years

  • Finding one piece of information could save you from making a single mistake that saves you substantial sums of money, especially if it saves you from making that same mistake continually over many years

  • Small increases in investing returns compounded over long periods of time leads to significant differences in wealth, and therefore there is a high value on learning about investing.

  • Better performance is not guaranteed. Avoiding losses or negative returns is not guaranteed. This is for educational purposes only.

 

This collection of information took years to find. The information is valuable to me, and not information I would like to give away for free. Therefore, I need to charge a sufficient amount to make it worth selling. Additionally, I will likely increase the price over time, and someday no longer to sell to keep the information more private to myself.

 

Why did you create this course?

I recognized a large gap between the current stock/business investing courses out there and the level of quality and information that I felt they should have.

 

I wanted to be able to provide that level of quality and information, and in the format of a course with video lessons. This way all the information could be consumed in one place (rather than across many different books, websites, podcasts, videos, etc), and learned much quicker and easier (compared to the years of reading, watching, and listening to content and buying, holding, and selling investments).

 

Is This Course Right for You?

  • You want to know how, or learn more about how to follow, sleuth, scuttlebutt, and investigate stocks and business

  • You want to learn how to find public information before others

  • You want to learn new ways and new resources for investigating investments

  • You want to find good investments and information

  • You want to research your current investments

  • You want to minimize your mistakes and losses by finding important information

  • You already own stocks/businesses

  • You have never purchased a single stock/business, but want to, and want to know how to analyze before purchasing

  • You only own index funds or mutual funds, but want to start investing in individual stocks, but want to learn more on how to assess and analyze businesses before purchasing

  • You invest in real estate and want to own stocks/business

About Austin Swanson

 

I'm Austin Swanson, aka "Swany407". I invest in public companies. I have a passion for understanding what makes certain companies succeed and fail, past and present, and look to use that knowledge to make investment decisions. 

I also own residential real estate properties, both single family and multi-family, and focus on NNN and absolute net commercial properties.

I have degrees in mathematics and actuarial science, and have obtained actuarial credentials of FSA, CERA, and MAAA.

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Example Curriculum

How to Follow, Sleuth, Scuttlebutt, and Investigate Investments, Investing in Stocks and Businesses Investing Basics, Swany407 Investment Courses, How to Invest in Stocks and Businesses, Phil Fisher, Warren Buffett, Peter Lynch, Finding Public Information Before Others, Investing Course, Investment Course

What is Included?

 

Comprehensive Course

Comprehensive video lessons that illustrate important investment concepts through real examples.

 

Offline Videos

Watch the videos anywhere, without data or WiFi, by downloading the lessons. Use the Teachable iOS app on your mobile device to download lessons and take them anywhere.

 

Variable Speed Playback

Watch the lessons and videos at your pace. When watching our videos on a desktop or the Teachable iOS app you can select the speed that makes the most sense for you. The variable speed increases all the way up to 2x.

 

Background Audio Playback

If you would like to just listen the videos, you are able to download the Teachable iOS app, where you start a video and simply lock your device and the audio will continue to play for that video.

 

Customer Service

Ability to reach out and ask any questions related the course. If you have any issues, reach out, and I will respond as soon as I can.

Frequently Asked Questions

How is the Price of the Course Determined?

To put the cost of this course in perspective:

  • One college course can cost anywhere from $1,000 to $7,500+

  • One new idea could be the difference in earnings significant amounts of money

  • One new insight could be the difference in finding better investments, leading to earnings significant amounts of money, especially when it is repeated over many years

  • One new lessons or insight could save you from making a single mistake that saves you substantial sums of money, especially if it saves you from making that same mistake continually over many years

  • Small increases in investing returns compounded over long periods of time leads to significant differences in wealth, and therefore there is a high value on learning about investing.

 

This course is a collection of everything I have learned about analyzing stocks & businesses from reading, watching, and listening to everything investing related, as well as from my own experience with investing, and from that of others.

 

This is not information I would like to give away for free, and will likely increase the price over time, and someday no longer to sell to keep the information more private to ourselves.

 

Why did you create this course?

I recognized a large gap between the current stock/business investing courses out there and the level of quality and information that I felt they should have.

 

I wanted to be able to provide that level of quality and information, and in the format of a course with video lessons. This way all the information could be consumed in one place (rather than across many different books, websites, podcasts, videos, etc), and learned much quicker and easier (compared to the years of reading, watching, and listening to content and buying, holding, and selling investments).

 

When does the course start and end?

This course is self-paced, allowing you to start and stop as you choose.

 

How long do I have access to the course?

Once enrolled, you will have lifetime access to this course.

 

Are there refunds?

Given the immediate access to the course, and the ability to copy and download the course content, refunds cannot be offered.

Disclaimer


We are not CPAs, attorneys, insurance agents, real estate agents, or financial advisors. The information in these videos shall not be construed as tax, legal, insurance, real estate, or financial advice. If you need such advice, please contact a qualified CPA, attorney, insurance agent, or financial advisor. 

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