Howard Marks: Fixed Income Returns Not Worth The Risk (Latest Memo)

From market folly
January 9, 2013 - 2:20pm

Longtime readers will know we're big fans of Howard Marks' commentary mainly because he often tackles investment process and other key concepts of investing.  The latest memo from the Oaktree Capital chairman is entitled "Ditto" outlines how history doesn't repeat itself but it does rhyme and he outlines some of these repeating themes in financial markets: - Importance of risk and risk control - Repetitiveness of behavior patterns and mistakes - Role of cycles and pendulums - Volatility of credit market conditions - Brevity of financial memory - Errors of the herd - Importance of gauging investor psychology - Desirability of contrarianism and counter-cyclicality (we've highlighted an excerpt from Marks' book on contrarianism in the past) - futility of macro forecasting As you'll notice, many of the above are related to behavior/emotion (see recommended reading on the topic here).&...

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