Seth Klarman: One Of Society’s Most Vexing Problems Is The Relentlessly Short-Term Orientation That Manifests Itself In Investing

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We’ve just been reading Seth Klarman’s latest speech at the Harvard Business School. During the speech Klarman provides some great insights into the problems with a short-term orientation in investing. Here’s an excerpt from the speech: Consider corporate time horizons. It’s a choice to attempt to maximize corporate results over … Read More

This Week’s Best Investing Reads 11/30/2018

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Here’s a list of this week’s best investing reads: Battling Entropy: Making Order of the Chaos in Our Lives (Farnam Street) My favorite analogy for stocks vs the economy (The Reformed Broker) Why BRK? (The Brooklyn Investor) The Stock Market Doesn’t Care About You (A Wealth of Common Sense) Selfish Writing (Collaboratve Fund) The Nifty Fifty (The Irrelevant Investor) The Fed Warns The … Read More

Charles Munger: A Parody About The Great Recession

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One of the best articles ever written about the ‘Great Recession’ is Charles Munger’s – Parody Describing The Contributions of Wantmore, Tweakmore, Totalscum, Countwrong, and Obvilious To The Tragic ‘Great Recession’ in Boneheadia and The Thoughts of Some People Relating To The Disaster. While the entire article is six pages … Read More

Howard Marks: Avoiding All Losses Can Render Success Unachievable Almost As Readily As Can The Occurrence Of Too Many Losses

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In his 2014 memo – Dare To Be Great, Howard Marks says successful investing includes dealing with some losses saying: “To succeed at any activity involving the pursuit of gain, we have to be able to withstand the possibility of loss. A goal of avoiding all losses can render success … Read More

This Week’s Best Investing Reads 11/22/2018

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Here’s a list of this week’s best investing reads: There’s Seldom Any Traffic on the High Road (Farnam Street) Surveying the Damage in Stocks (A Wealth of Common Sense) Yards After Contact (The Reformed Broker) To Succeed In The Markets You Must Become A ‘Second Level Thinker’ (The Felder Report) Humble Exits (Collaborative Fund) Price is set at the margin (csinvesting) … Read More

Charles Munger: The Trouble With Economists & Economics

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Some years ago Shane Parrish at Farnam Street did a podcast in which he read the full text of Charlie Munger’s presentation – Academic Economics: Strengths and Weaknesses, after Considering Interdisciplinary Needs. It’s a must listen to for all investors. Here’s an excerpt from Munger’s presentation: 3) Physics Envy The third … Read More

Michael Burry: Measuring Money Managers By ‘Relative Performance’ Harms Their Ability To Invest Intelligently

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Seth Klarman has often spoken about the nonsense of measuring fund managers by their ‘relative performance’. That is, measuring the performance of their investments against various market benchmarks. A quick read through Michael Burry’s Scion Capital shareholder letters shows that he’s also not a fan of relative performance as a … Read More

Value Invest New York – December 4th, 2018

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Value Invest New York will take place on December 4 View Conference Agenda The line-up for Value Invest New York was announced last week and it will feature speakers who will give insights and investment ideas at the conference – with the presentation titles below. The line-up includes Joel Greenblatt, … Read More

This Week’s Best Investing Reads 11/16/2018

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Here’s a list of this week’s best investing reads: How This All Happened (Collaborative Fund) Defensive Decision Making: What IS Best v. What LOOKS Best (Farnam Street) Family Inc. (Humble Dollar) Playing with Fire (The Reformed Broker) What If You Retire At a Stock Market Peak? (A Wealth of Common Sense) Why Warren Buffett Would Be Buying Precious Metals Again Today … Read More