Floridian investors seeking a higher return than those offered by banks, always end up following the same path: real estate, or more specifically rental properties. Investing in real estate has been popular since the 1920s when people from northern states (called snowbirds) started moving down to the sunshine state seduced by its weather, wildlife and beaches.
People tend to panic when their plans do not go as anticipated. An investor must have a sound judgment and the right temperament to make money in this business. The stock market is there to serve us, not to instruct us. This is the reason we are not running a mutual fund. We carefully select our partners who share this philosophy of long-term thinking.
The company considers itself a luxury fashion house, their parkas with fur-lined hoods sell for $1,000 to devoted followers. I must admit that Canada Goose jackets provide exceptional warmth in extreme cold weather conditions; however, the stock price gives me the chills when I read their latest quarterly report.
The first half of the year has been volatile for the stock market, the S&P 500 advanced from 2,673.61 to 2,718.3, a rise of 44.76 points or 1.67%. Including dividends, the index returned 2.65%. Although this gain was nothing to be excited about, most large funds trailed this benchmark according to an article by Bloomberg.
Although this is the type of market environment where we should have the most difficulty in exceeding this high standard, we achieved a return of 31.37% since inception (7 months) or 59.63% on an annual basis.
The cornerstone of value investing is not about low multiples, but rather, it’s about the concept of margin of safety as Benjamin Graham noted in his book The Intelligent Investor. “Confronted with a challenge to distill the secret of sound investment into three words, we venture the motto, Margin of Safety”.