Excellent perspective on real long term investment. It takes decades of experience to have this clarity of thought. Though I am investing only since last 8 years, long term perspective seems to be working for me. It has helped me avoid low quality companies when I think of 10 years holding perod.
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This extract posted by Alpha Ideas (from Seth Klarman’s book on Margin of Safety) talks of the problem with setting goals for investment returns (like a CAGR of 25%)…the leitmotif of this thread (a very high bar at 25%), and of course of many commentators.
If you set goals for investment returns, you will focus only on the upside, not on the downside; end up making mistakes or take for granted hidden extraneous factors that gave you good returns which may not continue (one of which is luck). What an investor can do is to follow a consistently disciplined and rigorous approach. Returns will follow
Ofcourse @phreakv6 cheekily pointed out some time ago that the popularity of threads in VP forum is an indication of the current mood. On that count this thread has dropped off the charts substantially and the one on Midcap stock carnage rose up rapidly
Last 3-4 months have seen significant corrections in some perceived ‘Quality’ stocks. I myself had and know of a few senior investors who have a major allocation or Core portfolio comprising of these stocks.
For eg: Gruh, Page, Eicher - once perceived to be untouchable leaders in their respective fields have each had a ~ 30% fall within 3-4 months
|Quality Basket 1|
|15% + Steady Earnings Growth perception with significant fall|
|17-Sep-18||31-12-18||Current Price||Var % from 17-Sep-18||Var % from 31-Dec-18|
|Maruti||9418*||7465||7492||-20%||0%||* price on 28-8-18|
In contrast, there have been some others having similar perception who have managed to hold on to price levels despite some headwinds
|Quality Basket 2|
|15% + Steady Earnings Growth perception without fall in price / recovery from fall|
|17-Sep-18||31-12-18||Current Price||Var % from 17 Sep 18||Var % from 31 Dec 18|
The game seems to keep becoming narrower with more names going out of the Quality list as compared to the new entrants.
The message seems to be that one has to be mindful of the chages in ‘perception of growth’
Looking back and trying to recount learnings, in case of Page and Eicher it seemed the signs of slowdown in sales volume growth were visible many months before the fall. Gruh-Bandhan merger was a bit of surprise to many, which I would classify as an uncontrollable risk associated with any investment.
Looking ahead, one must keep eyes open for similar trends for eg: Avenue - faster than expected reduction in SSG? Increased regulation in pricing - HDFC AMC, fee income of Banks?.
Hope you are doing good.
I was eagerly looking forward for a write up on 2019 from your end.
Hope to see you soon here.