Klarman Warns that Investors are Ignoring Risks

In a private letter to clients, Baupost Group CEO Seth Klarman suggests that, instead of asking themselves why they should sell in today’s market, they should ask whether they can afford not to, according to a recent article in Business Insider. Klarman’s concern, the article says, is that investors are overlooking risks associated with low volatility and stretched valuations, and that “growth stocks—those that represent high quality companies—are appreciating far ahead of value shares, which tend to trade lower than merited.” In his letter, Klarman reported that Baupost, one of the world’s largest hedge funds with $31 billion, saw almost […]

Klarman Warns of Risks to Investors

Risk is the most important consideration when investing, and investors are being too trusting. This according to a recent Business Insider article reporting on a client letter from hedge fund manager Seth Klarman. The hedge fund manager (who oversees approximately $30 billion) shares his view that, when share prices are low (as they were in 2008 and early 2009), risk is “usually quite muted while perception of risk is high.” By contrast, however, he argues that “when securities prices are high, as they are today, the perception of risk is muted, but the risks to investors are quite elevated.” According to […]

ETFs Make Markets Less Efficient Writes Klarman

While exchange-traded-funds have claimed a growing share of investor funds, critics say these funds are “potentially dangerous and untested through a crisis,” says a Bloomberg article from last week. In a recent letter to investors, Baupost Group founder Seth Klarman explains that the dominance of ETFs is making markets less efficient: “The inherent irony of the efficient market theory is that the more people believe in it and correspondingly shun active management, the more inefficient the market is likely to become.” Most ETFs, the article notes, endeavor to track weighted indexes which are “dominated by the biggest companies with the […]

Jeremy Grantham, Jonathan Jacobson, Seth Klarman and Jeffrrey Vinik: “Below the Radar” Philanthropy of Top Investors to Social Causes

The Boston Globe profiles philanthropy by leading investors. Jeremy Grantham’s foundations, including the $377 million Grantham Foundation for the Protection of the Environment, reflect a movement toward “making big bets on social change philanthropy,” according to Paul Grogan of the Boston Foundation. This is a shift apparent in Grantham’s own remarks: he noted that giving to traditional recipients of philanthropic dollars (such as arts and medical institutions) is “better than nothing. But it isn’t as good as medical research, or more to the point even, critical environmental donations.” Seth Klarman of the Baupost Group is another example of civic and […]

Fidelity PM Learns from Value Greats like Buffett, Graham and Klarman

Chuck Myers, who heads the Fidelity Small Cap Discovery Fund, shared some of the lessons he has learned as a value investor at the recent CFA Institute Equity and Valuation Conference. As reported in Enterprising Investor, these include: “Learn from the best, but think independently.” Myers cites some of the best known investors, and those with excellent records, as influences, but has developed his own “low expectations” approach to value investing by seeking out-of-favor stocks ripe for a turnaround. Myers cites great investors such as Warren Buffett, Benjamin Graham, and Seth Klarman as some of his top influencers in investing. […]