Howard Marks – Investors Are Like Those Drivers Changing Lanes Every Minute, Cutting Off Half The Cars On The Road

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One of the best free resources for all investors are Howard Marks’ memos. Marks is the Co-Chairman of Oaktree Capital, which currently manages a portfolio valued at approximately $6.7 Billion. Since 1990 Marks has written 100+ memos which are full of valuable investing insights. One of our personal favorites here at The Acquirer’s Multiple is the 2002 memo is which … Read More

Howard Marks – “A Hugely Profitable Investment That Doesn’t Begin With Discomfort Is Usually An Oxymoron..”

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One of our favorite investing books here at The Acquirer’s Multiple is – The Most Important Thing: Uncommon Sense for the Thoughtful Investor, by Howard Marks. It’s a must read for all investors. One of our favorite pieces in the book discusses the importance of being contrarian in your investing approach but it’s not without some discomfort. Marks says: “A hugely profitable … Read More

Marks on Taleb And The Self Inflicted Anxiety That Investors Create For Themselves

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One of the best books ever written on investing is – Fooled by Randomness: The Hidden Role of Chance in Life and in the Markets, by Nassim Taleb. Howard Marks recommended the book in this interview with 5 Good Questions, saying: “I like the book Fooled by Randomness by Nassim Nicholas Taleb. I think it’s got some very very valuable ideas. Dealing … Read More

Howard Marks – Most Great Investors Stick To An Approach Through Thick And Thin

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I’ve just been reading the latest Graham & Doddsville newsletter which features Howard Marks. the Co-Chairman of Oaktree Capital. It’s a great interview with Mark’s in which he discusses his investing strategy, investor psychology, investing timeframes and how great investors stick to their approach through thick and thin. Here’s an excerpt from the newsletter: Graham & Doddsville (G&D): You last spoke … Read More

Howard Marks Interview – Nobody Knows What Will Happen Next – Finanz und Wirtschaft

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Here’s a great in-depth interview with Howard Marks at Finanz und Wirtschaft. Marks talks about the current market environment, investor complacency, the lack of historical parallels, and says, “The people you want to follow in this world are the ones that encourage optimism at low valuation levels; those who say “cool it”, when prices go higher and higher.” Here’s an … Read More

Howard Marks Latest Memo: Yet Again?

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Howard Marks has recently released his latest memo titled – Yet Again? In this memo Marks reflects on the response he received to his previous memo titled – There They Go Again…Again. Marks wrote the following about the response he received to his last memo: “There They Go Again . . . Again of July 26 has generated the most response … Read More

Howard Marks – Eleven Ways To Avoid Pitfalls That Will Crush Your Performance

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One of our favorite Superinvestors here at The Acquirer’s Multiple is Howard Marks. In his book, The Most Important Thing, Marks provides eleven lessons for avoiding pitfalls that will crush your portfolio’s performance. Here’s an excerpt from the book: The essential first step in avoiding pitfalls consists of being on the lookout for them. The combination of greed and optimism repeatedly … Read More

Howard Marks – Passive Investors Surrender The Possibility Of Outperforming

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Howard Marks recently released his latest memo titled, There They Go Again…Again. As usual it’s full of a number of great investing insights. One which struck a chord with me was his thoughts on the debate over active versus passive investing and the huge shift towards passive. Marks warns passive investors that with cap-weighted indexes, index buyers have no discretion … Read More

Howard Marks – A Defensive Mindset Provides Above-Average Results With Below-Average Volatility

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One of my favorite investing books is The Most Important Thing: Uncommon Sense for the Thoughtful Investor, by Howard Marks. The book includes passages from Marks’ memos to illustrate his investment philosophy. In Chapter 17 Marks provides a very simple example of the importance of developing a defensive mindset as an investor. This mindset means you can keep up in good … Read More

Howard Marks – The Poor Man’s Guide To Market Assessment

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One of my favorite investing books is The Most Important Thing: Uncommon Sense for the Thoughtful Investor, by Howard Marks. The book includes passages from Marks’ memos to illustrate his investment philosophy. In Chapter 15 Marks provides a very simple example of how to identify the current state of any market using what he calls his  – Poor Man’s Guide To … Read More

Howard Marks – The Performance of Stocks With P/E Ratios In The Twenties Is Likely To Be Single Digit

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Here’s a great piece by Howard Marks from his 2000 memo where he asks the bulls one question: What’s been the average performance of stocks bought at p/e ratios in the twenties? I don’t think the return has been in double digits. I’m not even sure it’s been positive! Here’s an excerpt from that memo: What Can Reasonably Be Expected … Read More

Howard Marks Says You Can Invest In The Worst Companies In America And Have A Good Experience

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As a value investor it’s important that you always assess the downside risk of your investments, prior to purchase. Famed investors Buffett and Klarman are always speaking about the ‘margin of safety’ espoused by the grandfather of value investing, Benjamin Graham. One of the best articles on assessing the risk of an investment in the stock market comes from Howard … Read More

Howard Marks – Anticipate – And Avoid – Pitfalls That Others Will Rue After The Fact

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With the stock market reaching all time highs, maybe it’s a good time to revisit Howard Marks’ memo of 2005 in which he discusses market trends being taken to excess – and the painful consequences that become clear in hindsight. Here’s an except from that memo: “The farther backward you can look, the farther forward you can see.” – Winston … Read More

Howard Marks Investor Series with Bruce Karsh

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The Howard Marks Investor Series at The Wharton School brings high-profile investors to campus to share their real-world, practical investment perspectives. In this installment, Howard Marks speaks with Bruce Karsh. Both are co-founders of Oaktree Capital Management. Here’s the interview:

Howard Marks And Joel Greenblatt: “I Think You And I Would Agree That People Are Nuts.” Time Favors The Rational.

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Earlier this year, Howard Marks and Joel Greenblatt came face to face at the inaugural Forbes and Shook Research Top Financial Advisor Summit in Las Vegas where it became apparent that their worldview is nearly identical. When speaking about the current market conditions the pair said, “Most people, including most people in the investment business, don’t have the ability to take advantage … Read More

Howard Marks – The Truth About Investing

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Oaktree Chairman Howard Marks did a great presentation earlier this month for the CFA Society in India called  – The Truth About Investing. While the presentation was fantastic, the audio quality is not 100%, nevertheless it’s a must watch for all investors. Most interesting was the awesome slideshow that Marks used to accompany the presentation. Some of my favorite quotes from … Read More

Howard Marks – Warns Investors to Invest When Optimism Is Low, Not High

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One of our favorite investors at The Acquirer’s Multiple – Stock Screener is Howard Marks. Howard Marks is Chairman and Co-Founder of Oaktree Capital Management, the world’s biggest distressed-debt investor. He’s known in the investment community for his “Oaktree memos” to clients which detail investment strategies and insight into the economy, and in 2011 he published the book The Most Important Thing: … Read More

Howard Marks – Don’t Abandon Time-Honored Disciplines, Here’s Why

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One of our favorite investors at The Acquirer’s Multiple – Stock Screener is Howard Marks. Howard Marks is Chairman and Co-Founder of Oaktree Capital Management, the world’s biggest distressed-debt investor. He’s known in the investment community for his “Oaktree memos” to clients which detail investment strategies and insight into the economy, and in 2011 he published the book The Most Important Thing: … Read More

Howard Marks – Investors Develop Amnesia In The Sharemarket – Here’s Why

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One of our favorite investors at The Acquirer’s Multiple – Stock Screener is Howard Marks. Howard Marks is Chairman and Co-Founder of Oaktree Capital Management, the world’s biggest distressed-debt investor. He’s known in the investment community for his “Oaktree memos” to clients which detail investment strategies and insight into the economy, and in 2011 he published the book The Most Important Thing: … Read More