As you might know, some of Seth Klarman (Trades, Portfolio)'s comments from the 2015 Letter to Investors have been disclosed. It is important to note that, since its inception 33 years ago, this is only the third year in which the fund has had a drawback. Overall, the result of its publicly traded positions was a loss of 6.7%, while the private investment portfolio raised 2.4%. Generally, Klarman is very blunt and straightforward in his comments, yet with a great deal of insight and wisdom embedded.
"Value investors must be strong and resilient, as well as independent-minded and sometimes contrary," he wrote. "You don't become a value investor for the group hugs. Indeed, one can go long stretches of time with no positive reinforcement whatsoever. Unlike some other fields of endeavor, in investing you can do the same thing as yesterday but achieve completely different reported results. In the long run, the research and analysis you perform should overcome market forces; the fundamentals ultimately matter. But in the short run, markets can trump effort and insight." Continue Reading »