Avoiding mistakes like SGH is at least as important as picking winners
In the two years after we launched our Australian Shares Fund in October 2009, the cumulative return was zero. In the four years since, we've notched up 120%. Obviously the market has been friendlier, but I was sitting watching Slater + Gordon (SGH) plummet today and thinking about how important avoiding mistakes is (it fell more than 50% today). In the first two years, we picked plenty of winners, but we offset those gains with significant losses in duds like Photon Group (now Enero, ASX:EGG). We like buying beaten up stocks. And we took a good look at SGH after its share price had fallen 2/3rds. But identifying which of these fallen angels are turnaround prospects, and which are potential failures, has been something we have worked extremely hard at. Put 5% of your portfolio into something like this, and you are going to have a lot of catching up to do.
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Steve began Forager Funds in 2009, and now manages approximately $470m across two funds. Offering a listed Australian Shares Fund (FOR) and an unlisted International Shares Fund, Steve focuses on long-term investing in undervalued companies.