Occam’s Investing


One way to see a complex future is with simplicity.

Occam’s razor, attributed to William of Ockham (c. 1287–1347), an English Franciscan friar, scholastic philosopher, and theologian is the problem-solving principle that the simplest solution tends to be the right one.

So here’s a secret that can help you invest more simply in an increasingly complex world.

“Avoid fashion, look at utility and value instead”.

Imagine, for example, that you were deciding which type of car company to invest in?

This is a process.

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Me and my Bentley.

Realize that we are sold a bill of goods when we buy a luxury car.

In my dumber days I had a lot of luxury cars, Mercedes, BMW, a Bentley and a Rolls Royce, to name a few.

It took some time to figure out that this was sort of a fool’s game…  high buy in.. expensive maintenance and ridiculous repair. For what?

Who was I trying to impress and fool?  Who was making a fool out of me?

The crux of the lesson came when that Bentley above needed the front wheel bearings replaced.  The Rolls dealer wanted over $300 for a set.  Plus a really high installation fee.

Then I discovered that the Bentley, Rolls bearings were actually Chevrolet bearings with the words Rolls Royce stamped on them.  I bought the bearings at Autozone for $23, installed them myself and saved over 500 bucks.

A guys gotta learn… huh?

I sold that Bentley left than a week after fixing the bearing and bought a Suzuki.

I switched my focus on autos with high utility.

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I love that Suzuki. It’s still at our farm, a ratrod, but running good, after 31 years.  It’s great on the farm but the utility is not good.

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Instead my focus on value and utility led to the minivan.  With a mother, five kids and 8 grandchildren, the need to haul sheets of plywood or a bale of hay… I benefit from this really functional car.

Plus I find that my Honda Odyssey is a pretty good ride.

The New York Times article “You Don’t Drive a Minivan? You Should. Here’s Why” (1) agrees.

It says: We often shun the ones that can help our lives the most. Maybe out of pride. Perhaps ignorance. Many of us are looking for good solid family material, yet reject prospects that are committed and generous.

I am, of course, talking about minivans.

Minivans aren’t always hitting you up for gas money

Vans are underrated haulers, capable of swallowing full sheets of building material or giant 70-inch television impulse buys. And unlike uncovered pickup beds, minivans keep those items secure and dry.

Vans are the original sport utility vehicle.  “I know minivans have a bad rap, but it drives very well — kind of sporty, actually.”

If not the van… other vehicles that have utility is the place to look.

The Wall Street Journal article “America has fallen out of love with the sedan” (2) says In the age of the SUV, the humble sedan is getting kicked to the curb.

“It’s all about activity today, rather than elegance or performance,” said John Wolkonowicz, an automotive historian in Boston. SUVs “are made for dogs and kids and activities and taking care of the house. It’s the tool that does the job.”

At heart, however, the travails of the car stem from the shifting relationship between people and their automobiles. Owners are less concerned with the shape of the sheet metal or what’s under the hood than they are with how many people their vehicles can transport, or how much sports gear or home-remodeling supplies they can put into the rear hatch.

Before a recent camping trip, Eric Moe, a 31-year-old manager at a manufacturing plant near Madison, Wis., stuffed his small Honda SUV with four coolers, three tents, four chairs, 17 gallons of water and loads of camping gear. On the road, his SUV got better gas mileage than any of the three cars he had previously owned.

When we stop letting fashion drive our actions and think for ourselves, we can really get ahead.

This car example is not about whether or not a minivan is the best car.

This is not about choosing to invest in the car company with the best minivan.

This is about a process that makes decisions simple in a complex world.

A car example is good because there are few consumer purchases that are as impacted as much by fashion and image.

The minivan’s main holdup is its unfashionable image of domestic drudgery, even though they’re a dog’s and a back’s and a pocketbook’s best friend.

Why oppose the common thought?

We are continually affected by what’s around us?  It is very hard to ignore the common thought especially when it’s in a stampede.

We are sold on a bill of goods and lifestyle that often make little sense but is accepted simply because it is familiar and it seems that everyone loves it. We are inundated with the idea that acquiring new things will make our lives better. We are indoctrinated that if we do and buy what everyone else is, we are good.

This agenda of just a few people creates the fashion of thought we are taught to buy. For example, less than a dozen men mainly influence: ABC, NBC, CBS, the Turner Broadcasting System, CNN, MTV, Universal Studios, MCA Records, Geffen Records, DGC Records, GRP Records, Universal Records, Interscope Records, ESPN, Miramax Films, Touchstone Pictures.

Just ten food companies control a third of the world’s workers!

The agendas of these companies are not in our best interest!

So when investing, keep it simple.  When fashionable ideas rush towards you, get out of the way… or at least go in the opposite direction.

Think about value and utility instead of fashion.  You’ll find investing simpler in this increasingly complex world.

Gary

Investing Beyond the Boom

Warren Buffet once warned against the Cinderella effect.

He said “Don’t be fooled by that Cinderella feeling you get from great returns.  Nothing sedates rationality like large doses of effortless money.  After a heady experience of that kind, normally sensible people drift into behavior akin to that of Cinderella at the ball.  They know the party must end but nevertheless hate to miss a single minute of what is one helluva party.  Therefore, the giddy participants all plan to leave just seconds before midnight. There’s a problem, though: They are dancing in a room in which the clocks have no hands.”

Cinderella may have lost a shoe when she fled the party to meet a midnight curfew.  We can lose much more when we rush from a crashing stock market.

Most investors face emotional dangers that build in rising markets.

Almost everyone feels good.

But the he clock of economic reckoning is ticking.

No wants to see it.  Nothing rises forever and especially… not everything at the same time.

Yet no one wants to leave the party until the end.

But many edge closer to the door.

When the clock chimes there could be a stampede even though leaving in a hurry may be the worst way to go.

Here are seven steps that can help avoid this risk.

  • Choose investments based on markets instead of shares.
  • Diversify based on value.
  • Rely on financial information rather than economic news.
  • Keep investing simple.
  • Keep investing costs low.
  • Trade as little as possible.
  • Make the decision process during panics automatic.

One strategy is to invest in country ETFs that easily provide diversified, risk-controlled investments in countries with stock markets of good value.  These ETFs provide an easy, simple and effective approach to zeroing in on value.  Little management and less guesswork is required.  The expense ratios for most ETFs are lower than those of the average mutual funds.  Plus a single country ETF provides diversification equal to investing in dozens, even hundreds of shares.

A minimum of knowledge, time, management or guesswork are required.

The importance of…

easy…

transparent…

and inexpensive. 

Keeping investing simple is one of the most valuable, but least looked at, ways to avoid disaster.  Simple and easy investing saves time.  How much is your time worth?  Simple investing costs less and avoids fast decisions during stressful times in complex situations where we are most likely to get it wrong.

Fear, regret and greed are an investor’s chief problem.  Human nature causes  investors to sell winners too soon, and hold losers too long.

Easy to use, low cost, mathematically based habits and routines help protect against negative emotions and impulse investing.

Take control of your investing.  Make decisions based on data and discipline, not gut feelings.  The Purposeful investing Course (Pi) teaches math based, low cost ways to diversify in good value markets and in ETFs  that cover these markets.  This course is based on my 50 years of investing experience combined with wisdom gained from some of the world’s best investment managers and economic mathematical scientists.

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As you can see in this image (click to enlarge) the top performing Pifolio we are tracking is the State Street Global Advantage Pifolio was up 43.15%.  Here is the breakdown of that current Pifolio.

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Norway
Australia
Hong Kong
Germany
Japan
Singapore
United Kingdom
Taiwan
South Korea
China

Don’t give up profit to gain ease and safety!

This portfolio has outperformed the US market (S&P 500) in 2017 as the chart below shows.

My portfolio blue.  S&P 500… green.

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  • Absolute Valuation
  • Relative Valuation
  • Current versus Historic Valuation
  • Current Relative versus Relative Historic Valuation

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In the 1980s, a remarkable set of two economic circumstances helped anyone who spotted them become remarkably rich.  Some of my readers made enough to retire.  Others picked up 50% currency gains.  Then the cycle ended.  Warren Buffett explained the importance of this ending in a 1999 Fortune magazine interview.  He said:  Let me summarize what I’ve been saying about the stock market: I think it’s very hard to come up with a persuasive case that equities will over the next 17 years perform anything like—anything like—they’ve performed in the past 17!

I did well then, but always thought, “I should have invested more!”  Now those circumstances have come together and I am investing in them again.

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The effect of war cycles on the US Stock Market since 1906.

Bull and bear cycles are based on cycles of human interaction, war, technology and productivity.  Economic downturns can create war.

The chart above shows the war – stock market cycle.  Military struggles (like the Civil War, WWI, WWII and the Cold War: WW III) super charge inventiveness that creates new forms of productivity…the steam engine, the internal combustion engine,  production line processes, jet engines, TV, farming techniques, plastics, telephone, computer and lastly during the Cold War, the internet.  The military technology shifts to domestic use.  A boom is created that leads to excess.  Excess leads to correction. Correction creates an economic downturn and again to war.

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This chart based on a 45 year portfolio study shows that holding a diversified good value portfolio (based on a  good value strategy) for 13 month’s time, increases the probability of out performance to 70%.  However those who can hold the portfolio for five years gain a 88% probability of beating the bellwether in the market and after ten years the probability increases to 97.5%.

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(1) www.nytimes.com/2018/08/30/business/drive-a-minivan.html

(2) www.wsj.com: America has fallen out of love with the sedan


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