Investment Philosophy
Our patient investment philosophy sets us apart


We take the long-term view

  • Wait for the perfect pitch that provides a margin of safety (40% discount to PMV)
  • Give prices time to reflect intrinsic value
  • View short-term volatility opportunistically
  • Low turnover


We invest to our convictions, not to benchmarks

  • Concentrated portfolios
  • Contrarian point of view
  • Returns uncorrelated to benchmarks and peers


We specialize in bottom-up, fundamental research

  • Long-term experience in our asset classes
  • Exceptionally strong company and industry knowledge
  • Choose to go deep instead of broad


We work collaboratively with a shared commitment to excellence

  • Driven by dialogue, not by dictates
  • Achieve better outcomes by leveraging individual expertise
  • Reflected in employee ownership of our funds and our firm

Margin of Safety: Attempting to purchase with a margin of safety on price cannot protect investors from the volatility associated with stocks, incorrect assumptions or estimations on our part, declining fundamentals or external forces.

The Importance of Patience
Independent Thinking
Independent Thinking
Focus and Expertise
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