The Energy Report: As a retired sell-side analyst and hedge fund VP, what do you look for in selecting and analyzing investment situations?
Malcolm Shaw: My background is actually geology, but over time I got pulled into finance. There was an advantage to having geological or technical knowledge, particularly in evaluating small- and mid-cap companies. Technical knowledge aside, the key for me is good management, and I've met hundreds of management teams over the years. Good management with sector expertise is always my first screening tool. After that I like companies that are under covered or generally unloved by the street because they tend to be where the market is less efficient. I'm not really going to add any value talking about names like Exxon Mobil Corp. (XOM:NYSE) or Encana Corp. (ECA:TSX; ECA:NYSE) simply because the information is so well distributed and the market is more efficient in larger caps, but not in smaller caps. Continue reading "Malcolm Shaw Likes Under-Covered, Unloved Energy Stocks"