My goal is preservation of capital with significant appreciation. I will only purchase stock of companies with a significant perceived discount to intrinsic value. Proper value investing requires discipline, which may result in my holding a relatively large cash position over extended periods. This may cause under-performance during speculative markets. My goal is to outperform the S&P 500 over an entire business cycle, typically eight years.
I look for cheap, ugly, obscure, or just plain boring companies that have a durable competitive advantage and are temporarily suffering from headline risk. When markets are in freefall and all companies are being sold indiscriminately, I aim to buy high quality companies with the largest durable competitive advantages (moats), as long term holdings.
This portfolio does not have a particular capitalization bias or a sector bias.
I screen databases such as Morningstar and Value Line for companies with a dramatic fall in per share price (approximately 20% in a week). If the drop is a result of a fall in short term earnings, temporary market share loss, or if the company is suffering from headline risk, I will perform a more in depth investigation of the company.
I review SEC filings and participate in conference calls and webcasts to determine the shareholder friendliness of management. I will only initiate a purchase if I find that management is sound, the problems temporary and valuation compelling.
This portfolio is not diversified, and will usually only hold a handful of stocks. One stock may constitute the majority of assets (for example, it may allocate up to 50% of the portfolio in a single long term holding). Turnover is extremely low except in times of financial panic, when I may accelerate purchases due to a plethora of attractive opportunities. The typical holding period is 4 to 8 years (or one full economic cycle). During bull markets the portfolio may hold a large portion of its assets in cash due to unattractive valuations.
The portfolio may own ADRs as well as ETFs (both leveraged and inverse).
As a company approaches my calculated intrinsic value, I will begin selling the position. With regard to companies that have wide moats (durable competitive advantages) I plan on holding the stock forever, and am unlikely to sell the position unless the company's competitive advantage is reduced or the market values the security too richly - at several multiples over its intrinsic value.
Although the portfolio uses fundamental analysis to select companies, if my analysis indicates a strong secular macro condition I will use ETFs to profit from the trend.
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