A Money Manager with a Long-Term View

Nancy Zevenbergen set up her own investment company at age 28 and, by 1992, had an office, 51 clients and $212 million under management. This according to a recent article in Forbes. Today, Zevenbergen Capital Investments operates out of a small office in Seattle, overseeing $2.4 billion in assets. The article outlines the founder’s career path and accomplishments. Her firm’s flagship growth equity fund, it reports, has returned 11.5% annually, net of fees, since 1987 (beating the Russell 3000 Index which has returned 9.8% over that period). In August 2015, the firm launched two mutual funds which, the article says, […]

Former Franklin Templeton CEO Says Stick to your Discipline

Over a more than 46-year investment career, former Franklin Templeton portfolio manager Don Reed has learned patience, says a recent Morningstar article. In an interview on January 31st (the formal date of his retirement), Reed offers investors the following insights: Sticking to your guns can be tough: During the tech bull market of the late 1990s, Reed recalls, Templeton owned no tech stocks because the companies didn’t meet the firm’s valuation criteria. With some stocks, patient and long-term investing go hand in hand: Reed says, “The turnover in the Templeton International Stock fund last year was 16%. We didn’t have […]

Why Value Investors Need “Mental Toughness”  

At the end of the Super Bowl, a jubilant Tom Brady attributed the Patriot’s win to the “mental toughness” the team had demonstrated all year–which, no doubt, came in handy when they entered the fourth quarter trailing the Falcons by ten points. Unless we’re talking about basis points, things would be pretty dismal for any investor entering the fourth quarter down by ten. But the idea of mental toughness applies to investing as well as to football, whether it be for a day, month, quarter or, for that matter, a year. Value investing is a perfect example of this. We […]

Swensen’s Yale Endowment Model Not a One Size Fits all Investing Approach

The evolution of Yale University’s endowment fund has become something of legend, as described in a recent article in Chief Investment Officer. In the mid-80’s, as the story goes, the Ivy League university’s CIO David Swensen shifted the $25.4 billion fund from a traditional mix of primarily bonds and a few equities into “carefully selected alternative investments—hedge funds, private equity, and venture capital—using external managers to capture the so-called illiquidity premium.” It was a good move for Yale, adding $7 billion of value and earning a 12.9% annual return over the past 30 years. The success has made what has […]

Zweig’s Market Survival Guide

There’s a lot of talk among investors about beating the market, but in a recent Wall Street Journal article  Jason Zweig suggests that many overlook the challenge of merely surviving it. “Of all the qualities an investor needs to succeed,” he writes, “stamina may be the most underrated.” Zweig cites Morningstar data showing that of the 525 U.S. stock mutual funds that existed thirty years ago, 223 are still operating today (of those, only six are run by the same manager). In recent conversations with some of what he calls “investment marathoners,” he says a common theme in their approaches […]