Bill Ackman's Checklist

Bill Ackman

  • Is the business simple, predictable, free-cash-flow generative, resilient, and sustainable?
  • Does the business have strong profit-growth opportunities and/or scarcity value?
  • Does the business have a moat around it?
  • Is it a high quality business that can't blow up and should grow in value over time?
  • Avoid energy and other cyclical businesses. Avoid healthcare because of the regulatory uncertainty.
  • For shorts
    • Is the company violating the law, has misleading/inaccurate reporting, or has a potential regulatory problem?