From Streettalk Off The Street January 9, 2013 - 10:11am
January 9, 2013
By: Tyler Durden
Oaktree Capital's Howard Marks begins his latest missive with a few hard truths. Anyone who has read his memos of the last 23 years will see he returns often to a few topics. This is due to the frequency with which themes tend to recur in the investment world. Humans, he notes, often fail to learn. They forget the lessons of history, repeat patterns of behavior and make the same mistakes. As a result, certain themes arise over and over. Mark Twain had it right: “History doesn’t repeat itself, but it does rhyme.” The details of the events may vary greatly from occurrence to occurrence, but the themes giving rise to the events tend not to change. Most or all of these themes have to do with behavior that’s observed in the markets over and over. The good news is that today’s investors are painfully aware of the many uncertainties. Th...
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