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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Two Types of Investing Inside Baupost, One of the World’s Most Successful Funds

A letter by Brian Spector of Baupost, encouraged and endorsed by the firm’s iconic value-investing president Seth Klarman, gives a rare inside look at this secretive investment firm. As Business Insider reports, Klarman asked Spector, whom Klarman describes as “an outstanding investor, collaborator, and mentor,” to write a letter directly to the company’s investors as […]

In Rare Interview, Klarman Talks Value Investing

Hedge fund guru Seth Klarman rarely talks with the media, but he recently gave an in-depth interview to Charlie Rose through the group Facing History and Ourselves.  And Business Insider has provided a nice summary of the legendary value investor’s wisdom. Much of his advice focuses on the psychology of value investing. “Investing is the […]