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Thomas Macpherson
Thomas Macpherson
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Writing for GuruFocus

Watching GuruFocus grow has been a pleasure for me, and I look forward to watching many more wonderful investors share their stories

July 06, 2020

"I believe myself that a good writer doesn't really need to be told anything except to keep at it."

- Chinua Achebe

"Don't tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass."

- Anton Chekhov

There is an enormous difference writing as someone who theorizes about stocks and the market and as someone who actively manages assets and writes about individual stocks, portfolio performance and investment strategies. For many years I was the former, and now I am the latter.

The ability to pontificate without a care about performance or proving your record can be quite fun. Managing millions of dollars of other peoples' money creates an entirely different feeling in your stomach.

I have been blessed to partner with long term investors who give me the latitude, time and criteria to invest in my own particular manner. Most importantly, I have a group of investors who have committed to bringing my assets under management relatively quickly to a level where I will make a hard close to avoid being forced into SEC required oversight status. I simply couldn't ask for a better group of investors.

With such growth, I've found I've had to put any extraneous work aside and focus on finding new investments, building up portfolios and providing investors with the best possible service. Additionally, I've found it increasingly difficult to write without disclosing portfolio positions, potential investment ideas or proprietary information about our holdings.

Accordingly, this will likely be my last regular article posting here on Gurufocus. Readers will continue to be able to follow some of my writings in the public areas of the Nintai Investments LLC website.

Going forward, I look forward to continue reading the high-quality content we've all become accustomed to on GuruFocus.

Keep up the quality

One of the pleasures being a consumer of content at GuruFocus has been the outstanding quality writing that can be found here on the site. There is a plethora of writers who bring ideas and concepts that provide thought-provoking articles. That quality is the cornerstone of GuruFocus's value.


I continue to be amazed by the new content and functionality being added to the site. I can think of few other assets that provide such a breadth and depth of data. This will remain Nintai's go-to site for investment research and corporate data.

Revel in your mistakes

Some of the most fun I've had is writing about investment mistakes and oversights. The ability to break down the process and outcomes of a really cocked up investment decision can reveal tremendous insights. Not enough writers tackle these on other websites, and that's a shame. You rarely learn anything from doubling your money, but there are a lot of insights when you lose half your position.

Remain positive

One of the great aspects of this site – from day one – has been the positive interactions between readers and writers. I want to thank everyone for all the tremendous support and great feedback you've given me over the years. Treating each other with respect and dignity seems old fashioned in today's world of on-screen temper tantrums and tweet storms. But over time, people will remember you far more for your class and respectfulness than any broadside or snide attack.

Thanks again to readers for all your wonderful comments, insights and feedback over the years. You have all made me a better writer, investor and person. I look forward to continue reading the work of other writers and meeting new GuruFocus members. Feel free to send me private messages and I will get back to you as soon as I can. My best wishes for a happy and prosperous future.

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About the author:

Thomas Macpherson
Thomas Macpherson is Managing Director and Chief Investment Officer at Nintai Investments LLC. He is also Chairman of the Board at the Hayashi Foundation, a Japanese-based charity serving special needs children and service pets. The views expressed in his articles are his own and not necessarily those of the firm. He is the author of “Seeking Wisdom: Thoughts on Value Investing.”

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The Science of Hitting
The Science of Hitting - 9 months ago    Report SPAM

Sad to see you go Tom, but have greatly enjoyed your writing over the years! Cheers friend.

Batbeer2 premium member - 9 months ago

Yeah, sorry to see you go. FWIW I think you articles are (almost) always worth (re)reading many years after you wrote them.


Gurufocus premium member - 9 months ago

Tom, sad to see you go. Hope you will be back again some time soon?

Robert Abbott
Robert Abbott premium member - 9 months ago

Tom, I'm very sorry we won't be seeing more of your writing, it has been excellent. In addition, I have really appreciated your support, particularly in my early years at GuruFocus!

I'm pleased to report that I continue to use the Macpherson Model in my own investment analyses and decisions. Discovery of your work and criteria has been a real highlight of my investing education.

Many thanks again for all your contributions!


Scomas - 9 months ago    Report SPAM

Learned a lot from your great pieces. Upwards and onwards, and drop by when you can to write a few more pieces when the urge comes ;)

Grahamites premium member - 9 months ago

Sad to see you go, Tom. I've always enjoyed your articles and learned a lot. Thanks for the inspirations.

Nicola Guida
Nicola Guida premium member - 9 months ago

Tom, I´m grateful I had the chance to learn from your wisdom. I also found a person who is extremely honest to himself and to other people: that are the traits of a real Value Investor (and, most importantly, of a researcher of truth). I will continue to follow you on Nintai and keep in contact, as far as possible. Good luck with your work and with everything! Nicola

Vgm - 9 months ago    Report SPAM

Sad to see you go, Tom. You contributed greatly to the value and quality of the site.

Very best wishes to you and yours.


Jtdaniel - 9 months ago    Report SPAM

Hi Tom,

Many thanks for helping me refine and adjust my investment thinking. I have enjoyed and learned a great deal from your articles and book. Your writings on the role of cash in a portfolio, avoidance of debt, and different types of durable competitive advantage should be helpful to any investor. Best wishes going forward, dj

Thomas Macpherson
Thomas Macpherson premium member - 9 months ago

Thanks everybody for your very kind words. Please stay in touch ([email protected]). I will still be wandering the hallways around here now and then. My best wishes for a prosperous investment career. - Tom

Stephenbaker - 9 months ago    Report SPAM

I've always enjoyed your articles, Tom. Good luck with all future endeavors.

Praveen Chawla
Praveen Chawla premium member - 9 months ago

Thank you, Tom, and Au Revoir for now. You are a great source of intellectual stimulation whenever you wrote. Hope you are able to share some of your non-proprietary / general advice in the future occasionally as a "guest author".

Jinenmail - 9 months ago    Report SPAM

I hope you come back again!

Xzhao10 - 9 months ago    Report SPAM

Many thanks for your wonderful writings. I will be missing them. Best, -Xing

Thomas Macpherson
Thomas Macpherson premium member - 9 months ago

Thank you all. I really appreciate all your very kind comments. Look forward to reading and learning from all of you going forward. My very best wishes. - Tom

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