Sunday, April 5, 2015

Kraft-Heinz Merger

On March 25, Kraft and Heinz announced about their merger that would close by the 2H2015. The deal structured very creatively (as usual with BRK and 3G combination). The question for shareholders of Kraft before the annoncement is simple. They can either keep theri shares (which will be exchanged with 1 share of combined company plus special cash distribution) or they just sell the stock before or after the cash distribution.

The real question is for people who were not shareholders before the announce is does this newly annouced company have a potential to become a good candidate for successful investing. I have been researching the topic and came to a conclusion that though the deal seems a bit pricey, one has a good chance of making a nice 10%-15% return on an annual basis by investing in the newly formed Kraft-Heinz company.

Here is an excellent write up by The Brooklyn Investor on the merger of Kraft and Heinz:The Brooklyn Investor: Kraft-Heinz.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Q1'2015 - Fund Performance Results


During the 1st Quarter, the assets under my management grew by 16.9%, while the S&P 500 Index mostly stayed flat.


General Partner Return Q1'2015 (%) = 16.9% (gross)
General Partner Return YTD 2015 (%) = 16.9% (gross)


Importance of staying in the market vs. timing the market

Often times, after we purchase a security with a sole intention of cashing out with hefty gain at a later time. The stock price immediately starts its slide in the opposite direction of our position. Personally, I have had this experience many times. And what is interesting, is that the same pattern gets repeated often enough that I decided to analyze the situation and once for all decide what kind of steps I should take in order to have fewer losses.

Here are my thougts in regards to this crucial issue of timing the trades. Every investor has his own time horizon for holding the trade. Some people dedicate mere seconds, minutes while some dedicate days, weeks or months. There are rare group of people, who dedicate years until they make a decision to part ways witht the company. The latter approach is suitable for people with large asset base, but not much to retail investors (like me). This is very important distinction to make, as it has a direct impact on the emotional state of an investor to the underlying movements of the stock prices.

For a market participant, who trades intraday, and can only dedicate 3-4 hours for the transaction, every tick of the price has a direct impact to his bottom line, than to a person who holds his positions for weeks. The former participant, hopes to achieve small gains, by executing more transactions. While the latter participant is hoping to make bigger gains by waiting out bigger price moves in the underlyign security. To achieve this results, he is foregoing many more opportunities.

The two approches described above are different in some aspects, but has one goal in common, which is making money. The former approach has limits in the time dedicated to the fullfillment of the transaction. As the saying goes, market can stay irrational longer that an investor stay solvent. That's why it is important cut losses as much as possible.

In my experience, there were a number of mistakes, that repeated many times.

They are, in no particular order: (1) no cutting losses, or not having a strict stop loss philosophy for each trade, (2) having a huge positions (with margin), that has a negative effect if the position moves in the opposite direction, (3) buying and selling too much (overtrading)

These are some of the mistakes, and they directly come from not having a clear path for each trade and mixing speculation with investing.

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