Core International Portfolio
The Barrack Yard Core Portfolio strategy seeks to compound investors’ money in real terms over time. The objective is to buy great global businesses at good prices and good businesses at great prices. It also seeks to benefit from compounding dividend payments and underlying business value-creation.
We start by identifying major long-term global trends, both to identify potential investments and looming risks. The strategy seeks to own businesses of lasting value that stand to benefit from long term trends. It also seeks companies with healthy balance sheets that have the resources to navigate through an uncertain future.
Each investment is subject to its own risk controls. These controls include valuation measures, profitability ratios, measures of financial strength, historical growth rates, dividend payments, competitive advantage, and thematic relevance.
We read regulatory filings; newspapers including The New York Times, Financial Times and Barron’s; company disclosures; and third-party research from numerous sources. We rely on our experience and our industry networks built over several decades. We also relate the news stories of the day to our research about world history and foreign affairs.
As part of our screening approach, we often seek companies with 10 years or more of uninterrupted profitability, a strong return on invested capital, and a return on equity of greater than 15 for non-infrastructure companies. We generally avoid companies that rely on the capital markets for short-term funding. We look for companies with strong free cash flow yields, and ones that are attractive based on price to earnings and price to enterprise value. We also compare current 3-year trailing earnings to the prior 10-year earnings in an effort to find historical bargains.
The strategy seeks to be well diversified within the equity asset class. We typically hold 22-25 companies and have a 4-5% target allocation for each stock. Barrack Yard will use cash as risk-mitigation tool if the market is trading at a point where we cannot find businesses we want to own at attractive price points.
We typically buy companies with the idea of holding them for a long time. We will selectively sell stocks, however, when we think markets have become optimistic, when we believe we have made a mistake, or when a company’s valuation appears expensive relative to other available opportunities.
We might break our own guidelines and buy a company that has incurred a loss in the past decade (particularly if it's an accounting loss); if its current cash flow is not positive; if its financial strength is not up to our rigorous standard; or if it doesn't pay a dividend. We would only buy these not-so-great businesses at what we believe are very distressed prices to provide what we believe to be a margin of safety.
Covestor inception February 25, 2013
|as of August 21, 2014
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|Past 30 days
|Past 90 days
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Last 365 days
|as of August 21, 2014
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|Best 30 days
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|Value-at-risk (95%, 1 week)
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Average trades per month 4.1
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