How Long is Long Term in Investing?

By Justin J. Carbonneau (@jjcarbonneau) —  As investors, we are taught to try and think long term. The story goes something like this — invest in stocks, stay disciplined and patient and let your money compound over many years or even decades and you can growth your wealth. I strongly believe in that story, but the reality is for many investors the definition of “long-term” becomes too narrow and time focused. When thinking about long… Read More

Six Precepts for the Long-Term Investor

On the subject of long-term investing, a recent Economist article outlines six precepts every investor should keep in mind: You can’t start too early—compounding is a compelling reason to start saving when you’re young, the article argues. Risk and reward are related, but don’t think the latter is guaranteed.Risk, the article explains, is not about volatility but rather about loss of capital. “That is why investors should always have some money in cash or government… Read More

Millennials: Embrace the Bear

The stock market is more expensive today than it was when baby-boomers were starting their careers, writes Bloomberg columnist Nir Kaissar. “Which means,” he adds, “that millennials can’t expect the same payoff from U.S. stocks as their parents.” That said, he writes, since millennials will soon enter their peak earnings years, they should “root for recent market turmoil to turn into a long rout. And if their wish is granted, they should shovel as much… Read More

A Money Manager with a Long-Term View

Nancy Zevenbergen set up her own investment company at age 28 and, by 1992, had an office, 51 clients and $212 million under management. This according to a recent article in Forbes. Today, Zevenbergen Capital Investments operates out of a small office in Seattle, overseeing $2.4 billion in assets. The article outlines the founder’s career path and accomplishments. Her firm’s flagship growth equity fund, it reports, has returned 11.5% annually, net of fees, since 1987… Read More

Former Franklin Templeton CEO Says Stick to your Discipline

Over a more than 46-year investment career, former Franklin Templeton portfolio manager Don Reed has learned patience, says a recent Morningstar article. In an interview on January 31st (the formal date of his retirement), Reed offers investors the following insights: Sticking to your guns can be tough: During the tech bull market of the late 1990s, Reed recalls, Templeton owned no tech stocks because the companies didn’t meet the firm’s valuation criteria. With some stocks,… Read More

Why Value Investors Need “Mental Toughness”  

At the end of the Super Bowl, a jubilant Tom Brady attributed the Patriot’s win to the “mental toughness” the team had demonstrated all year–which, no doubt, came in handy when they entered the fourth quarter trailing the Falcons by ten points. Unless we’re talking about basis points, things would be pretty dismal for any investor entering the fourth quarter down by ten. But the idea of mental toughness applies to investing as well as… Read More

Swensen’s Yale Endowment Model Not a One Size Fits all Investing Approach

The evolution of Yale University’s endowment fund has become something of legend, as described in a recent article in Chief Investment Officer. In the mid-80’s, as the story goes, the Ivy League university’s CIO David Swensen shifted the $25.4 billion fund from a traditional mix of primarily bonds and a few equities into “carefully selected alternative investments—hedge funds, private equity, and venture capital—using external managers to capture the so-called illiquidity premium.” It was a good… Read More

Zweig’s Market Survival Guide

There’s a lot of talk among investors about beating the market, but in a recent Wall Street Journal article  Jason Zweig suggests that many overlook the challenge of merely surviving it. “Of all the qualities an investor needs to succeed,” he writes, “stamina may be the most underrated.” Zweig cites Morningstar data showing that of the 525 U.S. stock mutual funds that existed thirty years ago, 223 are still operating today (of those, only six… Read More

Investing Principles: What Has Worked

For the next several weeks, our daily blogs will include information from a 1992 publication by the investment firm Tweedy, Browne Company LLC entitled What Has Worked in Investing: Studies of Investment Approaches and Characteristics Associated with Exceptional Returns. The booklet includes data from over fifty studies of share performance woven together with insights based on the firm’s five plus decades of industry experience as to which stock characteristics have provided the best returns over… Read More

Debating with the Oracle of Omaha

It’s tough to argue with one of the most legendary investors of all time, but Paul Merriman (founder of Seattle-based Merriman Wealth Management) apparently takes exception with some of Warren Buffett’s principles, particularly as they relate to investors in retirement. In a recent MarketWatch article, Merriman outlines his interpretations and gripes with seven Buffett principles: Hold plenty of cash to withstand financial challenges and don’t be afraid to use it for “lucrative investment opportunities.” According… Read More