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Howard Marks


Know What You Don’t Know: Six Tips from Howard Marks, CFA

“Superior investing has to come from correct idiosyncratic decisions,” says Howards Marks, CFA.

Top 10 Posts from 2019: Damodaran, Marks, Shiller, and Buffett

The leading Enterprising Investor articles from 2019 feature insights from some of the top luminaries in all of finance.

Book Review: Mastering the Market Cycle

Howard Marks, CFA, explains why market cycles are largely driven by human psychology and behaviors.

Weekend Reads for Investors: Signals from Silicon Valley

US stocks reached a notable milestone earlier this week when the bull market turned six years old. As Charlie Bilello of Pension Partners notes, only twice in its history has the S&P 500 Index recorded a better six-year stretch.

13F Watch: In Defense of Active Share

The poor performance of active management has been well chronicled of late but the active fund management industry is not going down without a fight. Apologists have been quick to point to artificially low interest rates as one factor dragging down the collective returns of stock pickers. Index huggers — those managers with low tracking error funds and almost no hope of outperforming their benchmark after fees — are also to blame. In response, active managers are pointing to their “active share” — a measure of how much a portfolio’s holdings differ from those of its benchmark — and research that suggests funds with the highest active share do indeed beat their benchmarks. A review of just-filed quarterly 13F reports reveals that some of the most prominent fund managers truly embrace their role as active portfolio managers.

Weekend Reads for Investors: Howard Marks on Risk and the “Zone of Imprudence”

Equity fund managers are underperforming their benchmarks again this year, continuing a trend that started sometime shortly after the Big Bang.

13F Watch: Shareholder Activism Pays

When compared to the hedge fund industry at large, activist investors have garnered a disproportionate share of the headlines this year, and for good reason: they’ve been busy — launching 148 activist campaigns in the first half of 2014 alone — and they continue to outperform their hedge fund peers.

13F Watch: Activist Investors Fill the Void

Thanks to a bull market and strong relative returns, assets under management for activist investors have swelled — tripling in just the last five years — allowing these high profile fund managers to launch more campaigns and take on bigger companies.

Weekend Reads for Investors: Diverge From the Herd

Oaktree Capital’s founder and chairman Howard Marks publishes periodic memos that are widely considered “must reads” for those in the investment industry, and his latest missive should be no exception. In ” READ MORE ›

Weekend Reads for Investors: Five Years and Counting

In a recent speech, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas president Richard Fisher aptly remarked, “Stock market metrics such as price to projected forward earnings, price-to-sales ratios and market capitalization as a percentage of GDP are at eye-popping levels not seen since the dot-com boom of the late 1990s.”