We can be certain of some things about Edward Studzinski. As an investor and co-manager of Oakmark Equity & Income(OAKBX), he was consistently successful in caring for other people’s money (as much as $17 billion of it), in part because he remained keenly aware that he was also caring for their futures. $10,000 entrusted to Edward and co-manager Clyde McGregor on the day Ed joined the fund (01 March 2000) would have grown to $27,750 on the day of his departure (31 December 2011). His average competitor (I’m purposefully avoiding “peer” as a misnomer) would have managed $13,900.
As a writer and thinker, he minced no words.
The Equity and Income Fund’s managers have both worked in the investment industry for many decades, so we both should be at the point in our careers where dubious financial-industry innovations no longer surprise us. Such an assumption, however, would be incorrect.
For the past few quarters we have repeatedly read that the daily outcomes in the securities markets are the result of the “Risk On/Risk Off” trade, wherein investors (sic?) react to the most recent news by buying equities/selling bonds (Risk On) or the reverse (Risk Off). As value investors we think this is pure nonsense.
Over the past two years, Ed and I have engaged in monthly conversations that I’ve found consistently provocative and information-rich. It’s clear that he’s been paying active attention for many years to contortions of his industry which he views with equal measures of disdain and alarm.
I’ve prevailed upon Ed to share a manager’s fuss and fulminations with us, as whim, wife and other obligations permit. We’re pleased to announce that we’ve collected his essays here. We’ve dubbed it “Edward, Ex Cathedra,” since he, like the pontiff, speaks quietly but with unquestioned authority (on this point, Ms. Studzinski demurs).
“This is the business we’ve […]
“Cynic, n. A blackguard whose […]
Democracy – “The substitution of […]
“I and my public […]
“Under this flabby exterior is […]
“Question in a Field” by […]
“Moon in a barrel: you […]
“The past is never dead. […]
“A bank is a place […]
By Edward Studzinski One should […]
“Advertising is the modern substitute […]
“When we unleash the dogs […]
“Every revolution evaporates and leaves […]
“In present-day America it’s very […]
“What is youth except a […]
“The pure and simple truth […]
“Cynicism is an unpleasant […]
“I prefer the company of […]
Some men are born mediocre, […]
By Edward Studzinski “A sign […]
“Moon in a barrel: you […]
“Life is an unbroken succession […]
By Edward Studzinski “We do […]
Imagine the Creator as a […]
By Edward Studzinski The Mountains […]
“The most costly of all […]
“The mystery of the world […]
“The genius of you Americans […]
“Finance is the art of […]
A democracy is a government […]
“To be clever enough to […]
By Edward Studzinski “Convictions are […]
Cynic, n. A blackguard whose […]
I go out of the […]
The trouble with our times […]
“Virtue has never been as […]