Lessons from a Money-Losing Investment Prepare for a Catastrophe and Remain Diversified

Be Willing to Double Down

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You have to be willing to double down when you invest in the types of companies we invest in, where things often get worse before they get better. But I don’t want to leave you with the impression that always works. In the late 1990s I had about a 12% portfolio position in Superior National, a big player in California workers’ compensation insurance. I increased my position in a rights offering and it got as high as 20% of my portfolio. When the workers’ comp business in California fell apart, the company turned out to be too leveraged and the shares went from $22 to zero. The lesson wasn’t not to be aggressive, but not to be overweighted in anything that’s so leveraged that it really has the risk of going to zero.
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