Seth Klarman

Seth Klarman

Last Update: 02-14-2017

Number of Stocks: 42
Number of New Stocks: 8

Total Value: $7,598 Mil
Q/Q Turnover: 20%

Countries: USA
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Seth Klarman' s Profile & Performance

Profile

Seth Klarman is a value investor and Portfolio Manager of the investment partnership The Baupost Group. Founded in 1983, The Baupost Group now manages $7 billion, and has averaged returns of nearly 20% annually since their inception. Seth Klarman is the author of the book "Margin of Safety" which sells for over $1000. Mr. Klarman attended Cornell University where he received a degree in economics, and later attended Harvard University where he earned an M.B.A.

Web Page:http://www.baupost.com/

Investing Philosophy

Seth Klarman invests in a wide array of investments ranging from fairly traditional value stocks to more esoteric investments like distressed debt, liquidations, and foreign equities or bonds. Klarman doesn't mind "doing nothing" on occasion. He is completely unperturbed by the idea of sitting on the sidelines holding cash whenever investment opportunities are scarce. In fact, in 2005 and 2006, nearly half of his portfolio was held in cash. Investing, he cautions, is more than just producing absolute returns. Too often investors focus on that one easy number "return" and ignore the risks incurred to generate that number.

Total Holding History

Performance of Baupost Fund

YearReturn (%)S&P500 (%)Excess Gain (%)
200127.1-11.8939.0
20009.9-9.119.0
1999-18.321.04-39.3
3-Year Cumulative14.1 (4.5%/year)-3.1 (-1%/year)17.2 (5.5%/year)
19983028.581.4
199724.833.36-8.6
5-Year Cumulative85.1 (13.1%/year)66.2 (10.7%/year)18.9 (2.4%/year)
199613.122.96-9.9
19958.137.58-29.5
199413.41.3212.1
199318.910.088.8
19929.57.621.9
10-Year Cumulative234.2 (12.8%/year)237.5 (12.9%/year)-3.3 (-0.1%/year)

Top Ranked Articles

A Fond Farewell After 100 articles, it's time to hear new voices
In an article last year, I used a quote by Seth Klarman (Trades, Portfolio) that said investing was an "arrogant act." Having just published my 100th article here on GuruFocus, it seems to me being a writer on value investing could fall under the same definition. First, one has to assume that he or she has something valuable to add to the dialogue. Second, one must be able to package this so-called wisdom in such a way to make your points succinctly and in an engaging style. Lastly, the writing must provide readers with an interesting perspective missing in the conversation. Each of these alone is a difficult goal to meet, but achieving a blend of all three really is a leap of faith - and ego. Read more...
The Biggest Fear as an Investor Klarman says his fear is buying a stock too soon on the way down from overvalued levels
Seth Klarman (Trades, Portfolio) was once asked what his biggest fear was as an investor. Here is what he said: Read more...
Why Equities Are Not Overvalued Seth Klarman excoriates common investors for being 'yield pigs' blindly piling into common stock
Is Benjamin Graham Still Relevant? Some people believe his principles are of no use today
Are the principles laid out by Benjamin Graham no longer of any use in today’s world? Read more...
On When to Sell a Stock Why, when and how to sell stocks
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What Does Seth Klarman Like About ViaSat? Communications company is guru’s 2nd-largest position Seth Klarman - What Does Seth Klarman Like About ViaSat?
At the end of last week, I took a look at Seth Klarman (Trades, Portfolio)’s two largest positions to try and establish if they’re attractive buys for other investors in today’s market environment. More...

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Where Seth Klarman Sees Value in Today’s Market An analysis of the guru's 4th-quarter portfolio Warren Buffett, Seth Klarman - Where Seth Klarman Sees Value In Today’s Market
Yesterday saw the release of the final round of 13F filings from some of the world’s most followed hedge fund investors, and there were a few surprises contained within figures. More...

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The Rise of the ETF Is Not a Bad Thing ETFs may lead to more opportunities for value investors Seth Klarman - The Rise Of The ETF Is Not A Bad Thing
ETFs are fast becoming Wall Street’s most controversial instrument. As passive investing continues to gain weight among investors, the use of ETFs by retail investors and traders to bet on certain instruments to which they may not be able to obtain direct exposure is rapidly increasing. As the number of ETF users grows, the chorus of experts warning against their increasing dominance is getting ever louder. More...

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Seth Klarman's Favorite Stock Value investor loves Synchrony Financial, but should you? Seth Klarman - Seth Klarman's Favorite Stock
Seth Klarman (Trades, Portfolio) is one of the world’s most respected value investors. When he enters a position, it doesn’t take long for the value investing world to assess the opportunity on offer and consider whether it is worth following. More...

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Is Value Investing Dead? Is the traditional method of value investing no longer relevant? Bill Ackman,Seth Klarman - Is Value Investing Dead?
Value investing has changed significantly since the concept was conceived by Benjamin Graham more than 80 years ago. Today it’s tough to adopt the same style as Graham. The prevalence of financial information and stock screeners online has reduced the number of opportunities available, and investors have to be quick to take advantage of any market dislocations. More...

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Forget About the Rest of the World Some tips from Seth Klarman on how to invest Seth Klarman - Forget About The Rest Of The World
Seth Klarman (Trades, Portfolio) is one of the world’s most respected value investors, but he is relatively secretive, which is a shame because when he speaks it’s always informative and there’s something for all investors to learn. More...

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The Best Way to Beat the Market When it comes to investing, it is preferable to be independent and lazy Warren Buffett,Seth Klarman,Charlie Munger - The Best Way To Beat The Market
Some of the world’s greatest investors such as Warren Buffett (Trades, Portfolio), Seth Klarman (Trades, Portfolio) and Charlie Munger (Trades, Portfolio) are known for their long holding periods. These investors buy and hold stocks for many years, or in Buffett’s case, many decades as the investment theses play out, and they continue to profit from a well-run highly profitable business. More...

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Why Equities Are Not Overvalued Seth Klarman excoriates common investors for being 'yield pigs' blindly piling into common stock Seth Klarman,Warren Buffett - Why Equities Are Not Overvalued
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How to Consistently Lose Money With Dividend Stocks Avoid these critical dividend investing pitfalls Seth Klarman,Warren Buffett - How To Consistently Lose Money With Dividend Stocks
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Why Shareholders Care About Dividends A 3% yield may not sound exciting, but there are many good reasons why investors care about dividends Seth Klarman,Warren Buffett,Charlie Munger - Why Shareholders Care About Dividends
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Can an Investor Really Get Rich From Dividends? 3 examples of compounding Seth Klarman - Can An Investor Really Get Rich From Dividends?
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DIVIDENDS, COMPOUNDING


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A Fond Farewell After 100 articles, it's time to hear new voices Seth Klarman, Warren Buffett - A Fond Farewell
In an article last year, I used a quote by Seth Klarman (Trades, Portfolio) that said investing was an "arrogant act." Having just published my 100th article here on GuruFocus, it seems to me being a writer on value investing could fall under the same definition. First, one has to assume that he or she has something valuable to add to the dialogue. Second, one must be able to package this so-called wisdom in such a way to make your points succinctly and in an engaging style. Lastly, the writing must provide readers with an interesting perspective missing in the conversation. Each of these alone is a difficult goal to meet, but achieving a blend of all three really is a leap of faith - and ego. More...

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Low-Yield Dividend Stocks Belong in Your Portfolio Here are 5 actionable examples Seth Klarman,Warren Buffett - Low-Yield Dividend Stocks Belong In Your Portfolio
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Colony Capital Closes Merger With NorthStar Asset Management Deal is the largest commercial real estate merger of 2016 David Abrams,Seth Klarman - Colony Capital Closes Merger With NorthStar Asset Management
Colony Capital Inc. (CLNY) announced the close of its merger with NorthStar Asset Management Group Inc. (NYSE:NSAM) and NorthStar Realty Finance Corp. (NYSE:NRF) on Jan. 10. More...

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Seth Klarman Trims Cheniere Energy Guru cuts almost a quarter of position Seth Klarman,Steve Mandel,John Griffin,Jim Simons - Seth Klarman Trims Cheniere Energy
Seth Klarman (Trades, Portfolio), portfolio manager of The Baupost Group, trimmed 21.97% of his stake in Cheniere Energy Inc. (LNG) Jan. 9 likely due to a weak financial outlook. As of the transaction, Klarman owns 21,726,340 shares of the midstream energy company, about 9.25% of total shares outstanding. More...

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Harmony Merger Inks Deal Greenblatt Favors Company and special adviser make their move by merging with MUNDOmedia Joel Greenblatt,Seth Klarman - Harmony Merger Inks Deal Greenblatt Favors
Harmony Merger (NASDAQ:HRMN) came public as a blank check company – a company with nothing but cash and the intentions of making an acquisition. More...

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25 Questions With Indian Investor Neeraj Marathe 'I never think or conclude that I am 100% right on any stock' Howard Marks,Seth Klarman - 25 Questions With Indian Investor Neeraj Marathe
Neeraj Marathe is an investor based in Pune, Maharashtra. His core competency lies around investing in Indian listed companies, specifically mid-caps and small-caps, using fundamental analysis and value investing principles. He is an avid reader and reads books based on value investing, behavioral finance and psychology. More...

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23 Questions With Adam Strauss of Appleseed Fund Biggest mistakes typically 'companies with technology risk or a weak business model where the balance sheet wasn’t strong enough' Warren Buffett,Seth Klarman,Steven Romick - 23 Questions With Adam Strauss Of Appleseed Fund
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13 Questions With Argentine Value Investor Santiago Lucca 'Being human beings controlled by our feelings, it is not difficult to fall prey to them and make a bad buy or sell on the stock market' Warren Buffett,Seth Klarman - 13 Questions With Argentine Value Investor Santiago Lucca
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23 Questions With Nitiin A. Khandkar 'I am a patient, laid-back investor and do not like to tamper with my portfolio often​' Seth Klarman,Howard Marks - 23 Questions With Nitiin A. Khandkar
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