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Assessing Management in Companies is like find a girlfriend / boyfriend to have a Relationship with

Tom Gayner, the Chief Investment Officer of Markel, the little Berkshire Hathaway have the best analogy to the question: How do you assess that the management of this company is good.

He gives an example of how do  you decide if you want to continue to date this lady or guy.

You basically tries to see how much of his or her values that matches yours that you can tolerate with, more than his or her flaws.

In the same way, it is as how you would  assess management of business you invest in or to invest in. Through your review of annual reports, financial statements, annual general meeting, acquisitions, divestment and capital decisions, you assess the nature of actions of the management.

And then you think whether those are decisions that are compatible with your investment ideals. If more of them are positive enough that you can tolerate some of their flaws, you get into bed with them.

The divestment comes when you realize the flaws outweigh the good ideals that you previously evaluate to be what you see that is compatible with your own ideals.

The secondary important point here is that, this means your ideals of what makes a good company needs to be fundamentally sound as well. If your knowledge of what makes a good business to invest in is flawed, just like finding the other half, you gonna be in for a rough ride.

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Monday 6th of July 2015

They say that before marriage, you should open both eyes. After marriage, you should close one eye LOL


Monday 6th of July 2015


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