Investing Value of Time & Space

We have three dimensions of time and space.  That’s really all we have.  At least, that’s all we know.  The time space macro view doesn’t help investors much.   But specific measures of an investor’s time and space can help select good value shares.  Being well timed is the essence of good value investing.  Knowing your time horizons (time) can help you decide how far (space) your investments can go.   Value investing requires knowing your time, not timing and in setting your investment’s space.

Take for example shares of TFC Corp, an Australian company that grows and process rare sandalwood.

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The Lunacy of Timing

TFC Corp. shares a thinly traded, highly volatile shares.

On February 04, 2014, a message posted at this site entitled “A Most Valuable Investment” recommended an investment in TFC Corp. (symbol TFS), the soil to oil sandalwood growing, processing and retailing company.  I liked this company’s ten year prospects so much that I wrote a report with my friend Candace Newman, an essential oil expert, on why the investment made sense.  We published the report at

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Sandalwood Investment Report

The price of a TFC Corp. shares when that report was issued was $1.13.   Although I recommended a ten year time frame, just six months later the share price had reached (10 September 2014)  $2.22.  That’s a  95% gain in half a year!  95% gain would not be all that bad in ten years.

However by November 20, 2014 the price had dropped to $1.21 per share.  That’s a 45% loss in just over a month!

Wait a minute….actually it’s a 7% gain in nine months.

The only difference between the loss and the gain is time.

Time rolled on and by May 18, 2015 the TFC Corp. share price was $1.95.  That’s a 61% gain in just 6 months, or a loss if you look at it from the September 2014 frame of time.

Then the price dropped again to $1.42 by July 2015.

Now in September 2015 the price per share is $1.53.  That’s a 31% loss from the high of a year ago or a 35% profit from the February 04, message.

The only difference in any of these profits and losses is time.

Imagine the fortune we could have reaped if we could really control timing.  An investment of $10,000 in February  2014 bought 8,849 shares.  Selling in September 2014 at $2.22 brought $19,644.  Those funds, reinvested a month later at $1.21,  bought 16,235 shares which sold six months later (May 2015 at $1.95 per share) for a gross of $31,658.  Buying again in July at $1.41 bought 22,295 shares that are worth $34,111 at the $1.53 per share price.

Of course anyone that good at timing would have also sold the shares short on the way down and made even more.

The problem is, no one can really do that.  No one is that good at timing.  We are mere mortals locked in the NOW time and space.  History shows that market timing simply does not work because the future (and share prices) are fogged by the mists of  time.  In fact my experience from working with thousands of investors suggests that most investors would not buy at the $1.13 price and sell at $2.22.  The frailties of human nature mean that most investors are more likely to  have jumped in around $2.00 a share and then bailed out as the share price slammed back to $1.21.

Trying to time price movements of shares simply does not work for most of us as investors.

Using trailing stops on shares as volatile as TFS  isn’t very effective either.  I asked Dr. Richard Smith of

He is the authority on how to use trailing stops.  His reply was:  I took a quick look at TFS Corp. for February  2014 when you recommended the shares.  At the time the Volatility Quotient was 35%.  Currently the volatility quotient is about 41%.  It does look like the Smart Trailing Stop triggered on the drop from $2.22 to $1.21 from Sep to Dec. That was a drop of about 45%, which exceeded the VQ of about 40% by early December.  So while the TradeStops system would have helped folks understand the risk in this case, I’m afraid that it would have stopped folks out around break-even if they had gotten in at $1.19.  I do think that once you start to see VQ’s in the 40% and above range that it’s good to think of the investment as likely being an all or nothing bet.

Richard agrees with my experiences that investors who try to time investments generally do so backwards, they get in and out exactly the wrong way.  They buy high and sell low.

He said:  The reality I would also add is that a big part of using a semi-algorithmic approach to investing is addressing the “behavior gap”.  One of the key questions is COULD an investor have lived through the moves or might he/she has thrown in the towel at the bottom of the violent down move… not made any profit whatsoever (maybe even taken a loss) and then missed the ensuing up move.  Much of my work is based in how investors REALLY behave and offering them alternatives to the bad ideas of their own that they too often succumb.

My general advice to readers is forget about investment timing.

Spend your time understanding your time horizons instead and then select good value shares that fit into that logic.

Ask yourself.  How long before I need this money?  Will I need this money to produce income? If so when?

Finally, after you understand your time, control your investing space.   Set your targets of space.  The first space target is, how far can a share price fall before we sell?  The second space target is how far will we let the share rise before we set a stop loss?

Investors who focus their time on answerable questions about their investing time and space have greater safety, increased profit and less stress than those who engage in market timing.


Learn more about Dr. Richard Smith and how to use smart trailing stops here.

Or hear from Dr. Smith about Smart Trailing Stops at our October 17-18 Value Investing Seminar.

Gain From Pandemics – Riots & Election Volatility

On top of the pandemic… and the riots, another election on its way… all the robo calls from politicians… the dirty tricks and the innumerable amounts of nonsense this vital process brings.

However America’s politics turn out, one thing is sure, there will be volatility in stock markets during the election process.

The first reason markets will bounce has nothing to do with politics or policies.   A market correction was due regardless of the party or the person in office and COVID-19 was a pretty good excuse for it to suddenly drop.  Expect plenty more volatility.  Whether the economy recovers slowly or quickly, history suggests that the US market will do a lot of moving up and down.

Second the new politics has created an uncertain era.  Everyone has been shaken over the past three years whether they are pleased with the government or not.

Nothing frightens markets like uncertainty. 

What more could we ask for… an uncertain COVID-19 future and riots in 30 major cities.

Well interest rates could be a dark horse.  I the massive government handouts create inflation, interest rates will rise and rising interest rates will push stock market prices down.

Despite these pitfalls, there is a way to profit using the strong US dollar and undervalued non dollar stock markets to pick up good value shares.

During nearly five decades of global investing I have noticed found that good value strategies are the best way to profit long term, through good politics and bad.  The steps to take are simple.

The first tactic is to seek safety before profit.

We can look at Warren Buffett’s investing strategy as an example.  Buffett success is talked about a lot, but rarely does anyone explain how he make so much money.  That was the fact until some researchers really stripped his operation bare.  They looked at everything and learned the deepest of Buffett’s wealth management secrets.  Fortunately they published all in a research paper at Yale University’s website. that reveals important truths about extending wealth.

This research shows that the stocks Buffett chooses are safe (with low beta and low volatility), cheap (value stocks with low price – to – book ratios), and high quality (stocks of companies that are profitable, stable, growing, and with high payout ratios).

The second tactic is to maintain staying power.  At times Buffet’s portfolio has fallen, but he has been willing and able to wait long periods for the value to reveal itself and prices to recover.

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 outperformance 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%.

Time is your friend when you use a good value strategy.  The longer you can hold onto a well balanced good value portfolio the better the odds of outstanding success.

The Buffett strategy integrates time and value for safety and profit.

A third tactic is using limited leveraging, tactic in the strategy boosts profit.  Buffett leverages his portfolio at a ratio of approximately 1.6 to 1.   The Yale published research paper shows the leveraging methods used by Warren Buffett to amass his $50 billion fortune.  The researchers found that the returns from Buffett’s investment company, Berkshire Hathaway, far outweighed those achieved by any rival that has operated for 30 years or more.  The research shows that neither luck nor magic are involved.  Instead, the paper shows that Buffet’s success hinges on using leverage at the rate of 1.6.

To sum up the strategy, Buffet uses limited leverage to invest in large purchases of “cheap, safe, quality stocks”.  He limits leverage so he can hold on for very long periods of time, surviving rough periods where others might have been forced into a fire sale or a career shift.

Stated in another way buffet uses logic (buy good value) to have the conviction, wherewithal, and skill to invest with leverage over many decades.

What do we do when we are not Warren Buffett?

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Behavior gaps are among the biggest reasons why so many investors fail.  Human evolution makes fear the second most powerful motivator.  (Greed is the third.)  Fear creates investment losses due to behavior gaps.  Fear motivates us more strongly than desire.  By nature investors are risk adverse.

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#4: Average dividend yield

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#6: Cash flow return.

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Pi also explains when leverage provides extra potential without undo risk.  For example in 1986 I issued a report called “The Silver Dip” that showed how to borrow 12,000 British pounds (at almost 1.6 to 1 dollars per pound the loan created US$18,600) and use the loan to buy 3835 ounces of silver at around US$4.85 an ounce.

Silver had crashed, I mean really crashed from $48 per ounce.  As prices decreased from early 1983 into 1986, total supply had fallen to 449.7 million ounces in 1986.  Mine production was restricted by the low prices at this time, with silver reaching a low for this period of $4.85 in May 1986.  Secondary recovery also was constricted by these low prices.

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The loan was in pounds and in May 1986 the dollar pound rate was 1.55 dollars per pound.  So the 12,000 pound loan purchased $18,600 of silver.  The pound then crashed to 1.40 dollars per silver.  The loan could be paid off for $13,285 immediately creating an extra $5,314 profit.  The profit grew to $47,499 in just a year.

Conditions for the silver dip have returned.  The availability of low cost loans and silver are at an all time low.  The price of silver has crashed from nearly $50 an ounce to below $14 as did shares of the iShares Silver ETF (SLV).

Now the SLV price is taking off!

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iShares Silver Trust (symbol SLV) from

Imagine investing in a spike like this… with leverage!

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