Our Investments Fall Into Two Buckets
1. Tactical (Technical)
For these trades, we have a specific price target to take profits, and a stop to protect our downside. In simple terms, we try to pick stocks/ETFs that have the highest chance of going up in price.
2. Strategic (Fundamental)
Occasionally, we believe we have an insight into a company or theme and are willing to make a five to ten-year investment to see if we are right. We are looking for businesses that have the potential to dominate their category and create a product or service that is not easily replicated. This analysis is more qualitative in nature.
To help us analyze the fundamentals, we use three frameworks from Warren Buffett, Peter Thiel, and Geoffrey Moore.
A quick word about Technical Analysis (TA)
No one can agree on what technical analysis is. Therefore, it gets dunked on and dismissed by a large swath of investors.
In our view, it shows you visually where buyers and sellers have shown up in the past. That’s it. It’s just a tool. When people say it doesn’t work, they’re right, it doesn’t work; ALL OF THE TIME. But neither does any other form of analysis.
Technical analysis helps us to (i) Find favorable risk/reward setups. (ii) A place to exit if we are wrong. And (iii), a place to take profits. That’s it. Nothing complicated.
Technical analysis travels across different investing styles. Two of the most popular factors for quants are Value and Momentum.
In the TA world, we call Value “buying at support,” and Momentum, “buying breakouts.” Of course, it’s not that simple, but that’s the general idea.
And unlike quants who diversify across hundred of stocks that fit the Value or Momentum profile, we use TA to curate the stocks we think have the highest upside. In other words, instead of a 200-300 stock portfolio like quants, we choose the 20 names we believe offer the best risk/reward.
We expect companies to adapt to changing environments, why not investors?
Just as we expect companies to adapt to changing environments in order to stay competitive. We too must adapt to the current market reality. Not what we want that reality to be.
TA helps us do this. It helps us to remain flexible, so we are agnostic to whether value, growth, or momentum is the flavor of the month. We don’t care.
We want to invest in mispriced securities, whether they are value, growth, or momentum. And we believe a combination of fundamental and technical analysis will help us do this best.
In the future, we believe data/quants + human judgment, will produce the best results. And that is what we are working towards.