Saturday, March 9, 2013

Seth Klarman quote

“We clear a high bar before making an investment, and we resist the many pressures that other investors surely feel to lower that bar. The prospective return must always be generous relative to the risk incurred. For riskier investments, the upside potential must be many multiples of any potential loss. We believe there is room for a few of these potential five and ten baggers in a diversified, low-risk portfolio. A bargain price is necessary but not sufficient for making an investment, because sometimes securities that seem superficially inexpensive really aren’t. “Value traps” are cheap for a reason--perhaps an inept and entrenched management, a poor history of capital allocation, or assets whose value is in inexorable decline. A catalyst for the realization of underlying value is something we seek, but we will also make investments without a catalyst when the price is sufficiently compelling. It is easy to find middling opportunities but rare to find exceptional ones. We conduct an expansive search for opportunity across industries, asset classes, and geographies, and when we find compelling bargains we drill deep to verify the validity of our assumptions. Only then do we buy. As for what we own, we continually assess and reassess to incorporate new fundamental information about an investment in the context of market price fluctuations. When bargains are lacking, we are comfortable holding cash. This approach has been rewarding--as one would hope with a philosophy that is painstaking, extremely disciplined, and highly opportunistic.”