Vol III, No. 11 

December 2015   



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



The Misbehaving Investor



With another holiday season upon us, the color red is everywhere, from Starbucks cups to certain reindeer noses.


This issue touches on red light runners and what it might say about their investment behavior.


Also, we invite you to learn more about the Triad Small Cap Value Fund (TSCVX). Click here to learn more.  


Have a wonderful holiday!


John Feb 5  

John Heldman, CFA

Partner | Portfolio Manager

Dave Hutchison, CFA
Partner | Portfolio Manager
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Driving in Southern California provides insight into human behavior, occasional moments of comedy, and every once in a while a few investment insights.  A few weeks ago I was driving home on my usual route and came upon a yellow light.  I had plenty of time to stop.  And stop I did.  However, some of my fellow road warriors apparently didn't have adequate brakes, adequate reflexes, or in this case, adequate patience to stop in time. 
I don't know if I'm just getting old and grumpy or if there is some social phenomenon at work, but it seems that we have an epidemic of people who are so busy that they must drive through red lights.  Not yellow lights, but flat-out red lights.   

On this day, I set a personal record for witnessing blatant traffic light abuse.  My personal record was seeing not one, not two, but three drivers who were ALL BEHIND my car drive right past me as I stopped.  They all had plenty of time to stop.  


The quickest managed to get to the middle of the intersection before the light turned red.  OK, that's probably not a traffic ticket, and unlikely to cause an accident.  But the other two drivers weren't even in the intersection when the light turned red.  I guess their houses were on fire or they left the gas stove on.  Why would someone risk a traffic ticket, or worse, a serious accident, just to save a minute or two?
I think about this risky behavior, and the potential for life-threatening consequences for the drivers, their passengers, other cars, or even pedestrians (although around here, a pedestrian in suburbia is a rare sight).  Why take these chances?  Insurance companies refer to these risks as "low frequency, high severity"; a low probability of disaster, but severe consequences.  A personal hurricane.  Why would anyone do that to themselves?  

I wonder what sort of investment plan these aggressive drivers employ?  Do they even have a plan?  Is it disciplined?  Are they prone to occasional big bets that carry the potential for disaster? Are these the folks who trade frequently and jump around from one idea to the next?  Who employ too much borrowing in the hope of higher returns?
Careful risk assessment is critical on the road and in the investment world.  But some risks are just not worth taking.  Running through red lights deliberately qualifies in my book as poor risk-taking.  We believe that not having an investment plan with a sound philosophy and a disciplined process is akin to running an investment red light.

-John Heldman, CFA
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