As you guys know I’ve been pounding the table bullish of stocks for a long time. Not just U.S. stocks, but globally including both developed and emerging markets. This aggressively long approach is nothing new to us. Along the way, however, I’ve tried to point out some of the things we’ve been watching closely as a warning that a bullish thesis is most likely wrong. Again, it’s not so much about how high we think a stock or sector or index can go, but at what point are we wrong? What’s the risk? is the
more most important question.
What many investors fail to understand is that we’re not here to be right, we’re only here to make money. There’s a difference. We want to determine where we are wrong prior to even entering into a new investment. In other words, there needs to be somewhere between the price where we buy something and zero where we admit that our thesis was incorrect. To take this process even further, we want to imagine what the overall market environment would look like in the off chance that we are not correct. I say that kind of tongue-in-cheek because as many of you guys already know, I assume that I am wrong every single time and focus my attention on where I am wrong, rather than dreaming of the riches I will have once I hit the next home run.