Investors Therapy

By Jordan Thibodeau

Investors Therapy #5: Every investor hates sitting on cash...until they need it, the catastrophe of success, and much more!






Investors Therapy

March 17 · Issue #5 · View online

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Hey Tribe,
When Buffet speaks you should listen. I want to highlight 2 excerpts from his annual shareholder’s letter. 
…Our aversion to leverage has dampened our returns over the years. But Charlie and I sleep well. Both of us believe it is insane to risk what you have and need in order to obtain what you don’t need. 
…Despite our recent drought of acquisitions, Charlie and I believe that from time to time Berkshire will have opportunities to make very large purchases. In the meantime, we will stick with our simple guideline: The less the prudence with which others conduct their affairs, the greater the prudence with which we must conduct our own.
When markets are booming, we hold onto cash while feeling great shame. So we must get rid of it as soon as possible because everyone else is making so much money. Yes, losing a small percentage of money (purchasing power) hurts, but being knocked out of the game by losing all of your money is even worse. The name of the game is to stay in the game long enough so you can purchase assets that fit your criteria. No one can forecast when the corrections will happen, but you need to be in a position to act when they appear.Look at your cash as an oxygen canister needed for climbing Everest. At the base of the mountain, everyone has oxygen canisters and some people carry less because it’s a burden to lug those heavy things along. Some expect everything to go smoothly due to excellent forecasts and expertise of their guides, so they decide to carry just enough to get them up and down the mountain within 40 days. Others know things can get rough, so they will bear the burden of carrying an extra oxygen canister incase things don’t go as planned (source: see life).
But when in you’re in the mountain’s “death zone” at 26,000 feet things change. The weather forecasts were off and now you’re suffering from a freak blizzard that extends your trip by another 10 days. You can barely breath due to the high altitude. Previously that extra oxygen tank was looked at as a burden, now it’s worth its weight in gold and you’ll thank your lucky stars you have an extra one. Am I saying hold all cash? No, but when you’re already heavily invested and new opportunities don’t meet your investment criteria, think twice before dropping your extra oxygen tank.

A picture of me trying to understand technical analysis.
A picture of me trying to understand technical analysis.
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