Introduction:

This paper adds to our recent research making the case that today is one of the most compelling times in history to adopt a simple dividend and income investing strategy in Consumer Staples. Specifically:

  • Mania: Kailash has documented the myriad analogs between today and past manias that ended in disaster, embodied by this well-intentioned, if surreal, TikTok video about day-trading
  • Defense & Offense: As a speculative frenzy drives markets, Kailash further documents Staples’ long-prized defensive and offensive characteristics that seem to have been forgotten
  • Uncommon Opportunity: Based on history, today is one of the most opportune times to buy Staples

In the back pages of legendary investor, thinker, and writer, James P. O’Shaughnessy’s “What Works on Wall Street,” the author noted that in July of 2000, Money Magazine wrote a critical article about him. Titled “What Doesn’t Work on Wall Street,” the magazine asserted his systematic approach to investing “…doesn’t seem to work anymore.”1 Reflecting on this and other public attacks levied at him in 2000, O’Shaughnessy wrote:

In feverishly speculative markets, believing in Occam’s razor – that the simplest theory is usually the best – is almost impossible. We love to make the simple complex, follow the crowd, get seduced by some hot ‘story’ stock, let our emotions dictate decisions, buy and sell on tips and hunches….

From December of 1997 through the date of Money Magazine’s July 2000 article, the Fund run by O’Shaughnessy today was up less than one percent vs. the S&P, which had risen 53%. From July 2000 – December 2003, the S&P would fall 18% while the Fund would soar 67%. Looking at the whole period, 1997 – 2003, the Fund compounded loyal investors’ money at 9.1% annually vs. only 3.8% for the Index. “What Works On Wall Street” was a formative part of this writer’s upbringing, and I would like to thank Jim for his fantastic work. Kailash would also suggest that recently minted day-traders might find buying (and reading!) a copy of his book the best investment they make in an environment like this.2

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