I put an emphasis on the word “and” above because it is highly possible for one to go substantially high in cash in 2008 and avoided the collapse, but also to be sidelined completely by the rally in 2009.
There are only a few people got it right, both ways. One of them is Investment Guru Donald Yacktman.
Yacktman went into 2008 with about a large cash position and avoid financials altogether. His Yacktman Fund (YACKX) actually did decline 26% in 2008 (still outperforming S&P 500 by 11%). But in 2009, his fund came back far more than the market. According to Google Finance data, Yacktman Fund (YACKX) has returned YTD 49.5% and the more concentrated Yacktman Focus Fund (YAFFX) is up 52.3%. Both gained a lot more than they lost during the last year.
And it is not in just the past two years that he might get lucky. Kiplinger’s ranked both Yacktman funds very high in the “Large Company Value Fund” category, topping in the 1, 3, and 10-year performance.
Donald Yacktman achieved the honor by steering clear of high-techs in the high-tech bubble! In 1999, his sticking-to-the-value strategy actually cost him -16.9% in performance, but the investors was rewarded for the following three years. Yacktman Fund returned 13.46%, 19,47%, and 11.41% during year 2000, 2001, and 2002, when S&P 500 declined three years in row.
|Year||Return (%)||S&P500 (%)||Excess Gain (%)|
Now that the market has climbed more than 50% from its March lows, and market is on a cross-roads again. Where can investors can find opportunities? Watch this recent Bloomberg interview:
As of now, Yacktman thinks the excessive forward spread offered by the lower quality issues is a thing of the past, now he is back to safe stocks such as Coke-Cola, Pepsi and P&G.
GuruFocus thinks the success Mr. Yacktman has had during the past 10 years entitles him to advise our users on how to manage their money, how to avoid treacherous pitfalls in the future, where to look for investment opportunities, and how he valuates a stock…
As some background information, these are the top ten holdings of Yacktman’s mutual funds as of 2Q09:
|Ticker||Shares||Value ($1000)||Weighting as of 2009-06-30 (%)||Share # Change from Last Period|
And these are the top ten purchases during 2Q09
|Ticker||Action||Impact to Portfolio||Comment||Current Shares|
|HPQ||Buy||1.26%||New holding, 347162 sh.||347,162|
|TYIDY.PK||Buy||1.18%||New holding, 505000 sh.||505,000|
For the compete holding and trading information, click here.
We are fortunate that this veteran money manager agreed to our invitation to give us a web-based Q&A as announced here.
In this special Q&A, we are fortunate also have Brian Yacktman join Donald to answer our questions. Brian Yacktman is a son of Donald and has opened his own money management firm. Brian was trained by his father and the two share a lot of stock ideas. Brian differs from his father in that he also deploys options to enhance performance and manage risk. Brian’s performance can be found here.
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