At a recent investment conference, one of the panelists was an investment officer for the China Investment Corporation (CIC) – the Chinese sovereign wealth fund. She was particularly critical of the performance of their hedge fund managers. The CIC and others have been exiting their hedge fund investments. A common theme of late.
“The secret to my success is I buy when everyone else is selling and I sell when everyone else is buying,” said the great Sir John Templeton to me in 1985. He added, “If you can do that, you’ll be amongst the best in the business.” The contrarian in me just couldn’t help but to think back to that sage advice. It seems to me like we may be arriving at one of those points in time, Sir John. Just saying.