Klarman Warns that Investors are Ignoring Risks

In a private letter to clients, Baupost Group CEO Seth Klarman suggests that, instead of asking themselves why they should sell in today’s market, they should ask whether they can afford not to, according to a recent article in Business Insider. Klarman’s concern, the article says, is that investors are overlooking risks associated with low volatility and stretched valuations, and that “growth stocks—those that represent high quality companies—are appreciating far ahead of value shares, which… Read More

Klarman Warns of Risks to Investors

Risk is the most important consideration when investing, and investors are being too trusting. This according to a recent Business Insider article reporting on a client letter from hedge fund manager Seth Klarman. The hedge fund manager (who oversees approximately $30 billion) shares his view that, when share prices are low (as they were in 2008 and early 2009), risk is “usually quite muted while perception of risk is high.” By contrast, however, he argues that… Read More

ETFs Make Markets Less Efficient Writes Klarman

While exchange-traded-funds have claimed a growing share of investor funds, critics say these funds are “potentially dangerous and untested through a crisis,” says a Bloomberg article from last week. In a recent letter to investors, Baupost Group founder Seth Klarman explains that the dominance of ETFs is making markets less efficient: “The inherent irony of the efficient market theory is that the more people believe in it and correspondingly shun active management, the more inefficient… Read More

Jeremy Grantham, Jonathan Jacobson, Seth Klarman and Jeffrrey Vinik: “Below the Radar” Philanthropy of Top Investors to Social Causes

The Boston Globe profiles philanthropy by leading investors. Jeremy Grantham’s foundations, including the $377 million Grantham Foundation for the Protection of the Environment, reflect a movement toward “making big bets on social change philanthropy,” according to Paul Grogan of the Boston Foundation. This is a shift apparent in Grantham’s own remarks: he noted that giving to traditional recipients of philanthropic dollars (such as arts and medical institutions) is “better than nothing. But it isn’t as… Read More

Fidelity PM Learns from Value Greats like Buffett, Graham and Klarman

Chuck Myers, who heads the Fidelity Small Cap Discovery Fund, shared some of the lessons he has learned as a value investor at the recent CFA Institute Equity and Valuation Conference. As reported in Enterprising Investor, these include: “Learn from the best, but think independently.” Myers cites some of the best known investors, and those with excellent records, as influences, but has developed his own “low expectations” approach to value investing by seeking out-of-favor stocks… Read More

Two Types of Investing Inside Baupost, One of the World’s Most Successful Funds

A letter by Brian Spector of Baupost, encouraged and endorsed by the firm’s iconic value-investing president Seth Klarman, gives a rare inside look at this secretive investment firm. As Business Insider reports, Klarman asked Spector, whom Klarman describes as “an outstanding investor, collaborator, and mentor,” to write a letter directly to the company’s investors as Spector announced his retirement after a 17-year tenure. Spector described two types of investing: “needle in a haystack investing” and… Read More