As we never tire of saying, we believe that companies that continually invest in knowledge-intensive activities such as research and development and have deep reservoirs of intangible capital on its balance sheet are structurally misunderstood and undervalued in the financial community.
For most investors, investments in research and development (R&D) and investments in other intangible assets such as brand building, employee training and codified information are overlooked and misunderstood. Current business accounting standards contribute to this misunderstanding by treating intangible investments as current period expenses rather than as the capital investments they truly are.
We have introduced our knowledge leader concept to our readers over the past few weeks (click here, here, here and here for more information). Today, we thought we would check in on how knowledge leaders (i.e. leading, innovative firms with a deep intangible capital reservoir) have done relative to knowledge followers (i.e.
Firm Launches First Strategic Beta-Style Index Family to Track World’s Leading Innovators DENVER, Colo., September 17, 2014 – GaveKal Capital today introduced the GaveKal Knowledge Leaders Indexes, the first family of indexes designed to track the world’s leading innovators.