“The less prudence with which others conduct their affairs, the more prudence we must use in conducting our own.”
-- Howard Marks’ favorite quote
As a portfolio manager, I have two jobs: 1) Define the playing field by understanding risk and 2) Once the playing field is defined, invest in opportunities that offer our clients the best risk adjusted return in order to achieve their goals. Last quarter we discussed our probabilistic approach in defining the playing field and understanding the dynamic of the risk/return tradeoff. This quarter I will update you on our thoughts on risk and share some thoughts on portfolio construction in light of these risks and uncertainty.