Buffett Partnership Letters: 1957 Part 1

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March 21, 2012

I have often told people that the Buffett Partnership Letters is my favorite investment book. As a young investor (26 years old when he started in 1956), Buffett was nimble, opportunistic, and far more candid in his discussion of ideas and portfolio management techniques. The Partnership Letters and the early Berkshire letters are a treasure […]

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AQR Tail Risk Hedging Whitepaper

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March 15, 2012

Tail risk hedging (and hedging in general) has been a hot topic of discussion in recent years. With the market rally and the VIX back down to historically low levels (~15 as of this writing), I thought it appropriate to share a paper published by AQR Capital Management in the Summer 2011 (AQR Tail Risk […]

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Fee & Tax Deferral As Free Float

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March 14, 2012

A Reader recently forwarded to me the marketing documents of an open-end investment fund based in London. The fund had an interesting incentive fee arrangement equal to 20% * (Value at Redemption – Value at Subscription), subject to an annual hurdle rate of XYZ Benchmark + 300 basis points. The incentive fee is deferred until the […]

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PIMCO Wisdom

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March 11, 2012

PIMCO’s power brains often generate really interesting and unique analysis to common questions. The summary and thoughts below were derived from a recent presentation on asset allocation. Discount Rate Post US downgrade, and recent sovereign debt crisis, what are the implications for the actual figure of the risk-free rate? What about the equity risk premium? […]

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Lessons from Buffett’s Tax Return

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March 9, 2012

The investment management industry has a nasty habit of ignoring the effect of taxes upon returns – mainly because the biggest and most important clients don’t care about pre- vs. after-tax returns (pensions, endowments, foundations, etc.) PM Jar does not agree with this common practice. As a result, our Readers will continue to find posts […]

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And it begins…with Michael F. Price

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March 9, 2012

Michael F. Price is going to kick off our inagural post. Well, sort of. I’d like to share the summary (mainly the categorized juicy portfolio management bits) of an interview with MFP in Peter J. Tanous’ book Investment Gurus. Sourcing, Creativity: Price discusses how competitive the traditional bankruptcy and restructuring game has become (this was 1997 […]

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