The stock market is a zero-sum game and any potential investor will ask a fund manager, what’s your competitive advantage? I have thought a lot about this, most of my thinking has been occupied with the thought that I don’t think I have one. (My VP of marketing is on vacation, otherwise, that statement would have been worded differently).*
If I did have one, it would be that I thoroughly enjoy investing. I find it intellectually challenging, competitive, often humorous, and it creates a generally enjoyable lifestyle. This article about Buffett’s eating habits shows his competitive advantage is alive and well. You can sense his enjoyment just by reading the article. The last line is just classic Buffett:
Asked to explain the high-sugar, high-salt diet that has somehow enabled him to remain seemingly healthy, Buffett replies: “I checked the actuarial tables, and the lowest death rate is among six-year-olds. So I decided to eat like a six-year-old.” The octogenarian adds, “It’s the safest course I can take.”
Below is a link to the redacted version of my annual investment letter (publishing results on a public website creates headaches I would rather avoid). I need to get it out before Buffett and Munger steal all the spotlight this weekend with their letters.
If you would like the complete version, please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
*For those of you who don’t know me as well, I do not have a VP of marketing.