After a period of steadily rising markets, we’ve reached a bit of a standstill (or at least what can be described as a standstill by comparison to the market's strong results in 2013). Presently, there doesn’t seem to be much to do for the investor: With limited new investments to be found (or in my experience, at least compared to the relative ease in 2011), patience is the order of the day.
But for some, patience is unfathomable: They are all action, all the time. They can’t imagine a week without buying or selling their partial ownership interest in a handful of companies, let alone a month or two. A recent article in the Wall Street Journal captured this obsession with activity – for activity’s sake – perfectly: “Like Mr. Klarman, [David] Abrams is known to be patient to the extreme. He will sit on a static portfolio for months without making a move.” It’s pretty amazing that sitting for a few months without buying or selling is considered extreme… Continue Reading »