Regrets, I’ve had a few, But then again, Too few to mention,
I did what I had to do, And saw it through without exemption,
I planned each charted course, Each careful step along the byway,
And more, much more than this, I did it my way.”
My Way, made famous by Frank Sinatra. © WARNER CHAPPELL MUSIC
Every investor makes mistakes, but we see that it is how you treat these errors and learn from them determines whether you improve as an investor. In my experience, painful mistakes offer more lessons about picking stocks and constructing portfolios in the future, than investing in stocks that went up several hundred percent. Indeed when professional fund managers get together, the talk is rarely about successful investments, but rather situations where we misread the outlook or did not pick up the clues that company management were not telling the truth.
Earlier this week Cuffelinks published a Special 250th Edition that included over 30 market experts sharing a mistake that made them better investors. Atlas were invited to contribute to this publication and shared a mistake made close to a decade ago that continues to shape our investment process. Click on the below link to launch the article