Vol III, No. 9 

October 2015   



A monthly commentary about the role of behavior (and misbehavior) in investing



The Misbehaving Investor



Any action can have unintended consequences, sometimes causing more harm than good. 


This is true in a variety of areas, as we discuss in this month's issue.


The Triad Small Cap Value Fund (symbol TSCVX) is open to investors. Click here to visit the Fund's website where you can learn more about the Fund and download a copy of the prospectus.  


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John Heldman, CFA

Partner | Portfolio Manager

Dave Hutchison, CFA
Partner | Portfolio Manager
About Us

Triad Investment Management manages all-cap, small-cap and balanced portfolios with a focus on Research, Behavior and Ethics.  Triad is also the Adviser to the Triad Small Cap Value Fund (symbol TSCVX).  Founded in 2008, Triad is a 100% employee-owned SEC registered investment adviser.  Learn more at www.triadim.com


Triad managed $114 million as of September 30, 2015.  The Concentrated All-Cap Equity composite return, annualized and net of fees since inception, is 6.4% vs. 6.8% for the S&P 500 Index (April 30, 2008 to September 30, 2015).


Please review our Concentrated All-Cap Equity annual disclosure presentation and the important disclosures at the bottom of this issue. Past performance does not guarantee future results.

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Risky Business

Four years later, the impacts from the Fukushima, Japan earthquake, tsunami and nuclear meltdown continue to be assessed and analyzed.
It's a little-known fact that the International Atomic Energy Agency has confirmed that no one--that's right, no one--was killed or even sickened by the radiation fallout.  But the law of unintended consequences did rear its ugly head.  Roughly 1,600 people died from the stress of evacuation from the area--many patients in hospitals and nursing homes who were hurriedly moved to schools and other places not equipped to properly care for them.  There were also suicides related to the stress of the event.
Clearly, such an event finds many people employing the effective "shoot first and ask questions later" approach.  Panic sets in and the impulse is to run.  Now.  Far away from apparent danger.  Fear of the unknown can be intense. Radiation can't be seen or measured very easily by the average person.  

Lacking factual information it's natural to assume the worst.  But scientists say that the worst-hit areas saw radiation levels that would have resulted in cumulative radiation over 4 years equal to only about one whole-body diagnostic scan each year.
Another factor behind the mass evacuation order could have been the tendency for government officials to avoid career risk.  In this situation, they were under a lot of pressure to act conventionally--that is to do what most people would say instinctively needed to be done--and evacuate.  

Had they recommended (correctly) that the best course of action was to remain in place, they would likely have been attacked in the court of public opinion (and perhaps other courts as well). 
We humans can be poor judges when it comes to assessing relative risks, whether it's radiation risks or stock market risks.  A proper assessment in the case of Fukushima might have concluded that very ill persons should remain in their hospitals or nursing homes, since the risk of relocation could be worse than radiation exposure risk.  But, when we don't have good information about the relative risks, we can make poor decisions.  
But sometimes the outcomes from taking an action are worse than no action at all.  And often, the worst case doesn't prevail.  How many times do we hear the talking heads on financial television warning us about another impending market meltdown?  Similar to economists' ability to predict recessions, a cynic might suggest these folks have predicted 10 of the last 2 crises.  These Chicken Littles are often quoted, never in doubt, and often wrong.  Investors who follow their advice could find themselves on the wrong side of market trends.
In our profession, the fear of career risk shows itself in the multitude of "closet indexed" investment portfolios that are often conventional (another word for comfortable) but not necessarily conservatively constructed to attempt to protect against loss of capital. 
It's hard to make crucial decisions during a "fight or flight" moment when the wrong move could mean serious harm.  Fortunately for financial decisions, we're usually not faced with life or death situations.  Better outcomes can result from taking some time to assess the situation, and balancing the risks of taking action and not taking action.  As in Fukushima, it's almost always better to wait for the panic feeling to subside before committing to a course of action.
-John Heldman, CFA
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