Value investors are an odd, difficult bunch. It’s in their nature to be a bit cussed and contrarian. They’re also usually very individualistic and secretive, which I suppose goes with the profession. If you find a true gem of a stock, trading at below its “intrinsic value”, your first instinct is to keep mum and not tell the world. Hence tracking down reputable value managers is a bit like hunting down gems in the investment rough. You’ve got to ask around among other value nerds for clues, while also digging into boring reports and accounts.