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I honestly did not know that I was offered shares as a "part-owner", I thought the first opportunity offer was merely goodwill. Gee, I've learned something already!

I did know about Peter Lynch's views on S&L's, as I have read his books a couple of times. This is my first investment in a financial institution, however.

Third Federal didn't deal in sub-prime mortgages

Yes, and this influenced me greatly. A sign that management has some integrity, in that they don't pursue every last dollar at any cost. In this area that strategy seems to have served them well.

Did you check the commercial loan exposure?

I must admit I did not. I assumed (something I do try to avoid) that the lion's share of TFS's business was residential mortgages, and didn't really consider the commercial side. Probably ignorant, I suspect, as commercial loans are undoubtedly very lucrative.
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