James Pope |

DIS and DAT - Fear? - January 2020

Our periodic communication that reminds you to ask, “Should I react to those headlines?”


“We simply attempt to be fearful when others are greedy, and greedy when others are fearful.”

Warren Buffett


General Markets Update

What would be our main observation of the current state of the market? The fear of missing out is high.  At times like this, it proves wise to avoid speculative behavior and invest more selectively.  Don’t think of investing from a price speculation standpoint. Questions such as, “If I buy at this stock price, can I sell it at a higher price to a greater fool tomorrow, next week, or next year?” Likewise, we also believe it prudent to avoid gambling with your investments. Instead, approach investments rationally by assessing and estimating future cash flows of the business in order to approximate value.


Creating an investment environment

Why do we need to be concerned about “an investment environment”?

When left to its own accord, the mind likes to “play tricks” on us.  One is to develop narrow framing over broad framing.  With a narrow outlook investors tend to overweight the importance of recent past price performance.  An investor is also narrow framing when they throw the baby out with the bath water by focusing on just the poor performing positions. We hope reading these next guidelines can help to place us all back to that broad view which seems to be so helpful in investing.

Guidelines for developing an investment mindset

Over the years, these factors to bear in mind have crucial in creating a positive investment environment. Essentially, it helps to be reminded of the philosophy as the management of the account takes place and market prices jump all around in dizzying fashion.

  1. There is no guarantee on account performance.
  2. Investment managers have discretion on investment decisions. (Unless *restricted). 
  3. We will not invest based on popularity but rather based on an analysis of the business and investment opportunity.
  4. We have no skill in predicting market moves, economic cycles, nor political events, etc. Thankfully, we do not find that necessary to achieve decent investment returns.
  5. We expect some investments will fail to achieve the desired result, thus the need for diversification and a broader view over multiple positions and time frames.
  6. Investments performance should be judged on a time frame equivalent to a full market cycle.  That cycle is typically measured in years; five-year cycles are a general thought.
  7. We are not seeking outperformance of all investments at all times.  If a popular momentum-driven pricing environment in any area of investments occurs, underperformance of that area is expected.

We hope this helps to make us all better investors!

Talk with you soon,


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