• Introduction: Respect and Reverence for Mr. Bogle
  • The Biggest Bubble: Large Cap
  • Large Cap Conclusions
  • The Big but Partially Burst Bubble: Small & Mid Cap
  • Small & Mid Cap Conclusion

Introduction: Respect & Reverence for Mr. Bogle

The media seems to be moving toward communications where the emphasis is on the titular rather than the knowledgeable and where tweets take precedence over contemplation requiring more than 143 characters. No such thing is underway here at Kailash. We do our best to deal in data-driven facts and admit that we are flawed as both people and researchers.

John Bogle brought investing to the public in a manner that has undeniably done a better job than the typical active manager. While the titanic amounts of money flowing from…everyone…to the firm that Mr. Bogle created, Vanguard, which now has AUM north of $4 trillion1 dollars, one is wise to contemplate Princeton economist Burton Malkiel’s quote that “…it’s easy to forget how courageous and tenacious Jack Bogle was in starting [passive products].”2 That Mr. Bogle has built a behemoth of such magnitude in a manner that has left his net worth so modest3 (relative to his firm’s astounding success) is further testament to his commitment to shareholders’ well-being. We at Kailash have nothing but respect for the house that Bogle built.

The purpose of this piece is merely to note that one might suggest that we have reached an inflection point where disciplined, process driven investors may face uncommonly good odds and a relatively simple path to outperforming the indices for their shareholders. After all, if everyone is passive then, by definition, no one is watching management anymore. In reading the data from Morningstar there are two notable figures that stand out to us in particular:

1.     “Thanks to the record flows into passive U.S. equity funds, the overall inflows tally for U.S. stock funds hit its highest monthly total [in December] since April 2000.” Emphasis ours

2.     The biggest “donors” of AUM from active to passive in equities are Large Cap products where active Large Blend & Growth products lost over $170 billion in assets with $143 billion of that showing up as purchases in the Large Blend passive category

Summarily, while we have deep respect and admiration for “all that Bogle wrought” we are, by nature and inclination, folks who go where others are leaving and try and look to exit places we feel are becoming crowded. History indicates that herding behavior like we are seeing into passive products, particularly in Large Cap, is probably evidence of too much of a good thing. As documented by many an active manager that we speak with, we believe that the mania for passive is creating a circular and self-reinforcing set of purchase orders that reinforces the positive price performance of larger weighted firms regardless of their fundamentals while putting relentless pressure on stocks that might naturally attract disciplined active managers (those who seek uncommonly strong fundamentals relative to price in particular) by redeeming them and forcing them to sell.

  1. As a reminder for our Financial Advisors: our models are available on a continuous basis, and most have been in production for over a decade.  If you are looking for simple, concentrated, low turnover, and tax efficient model portfolios we would like to talk with you.  KCR also offers a wide range of easy-to-use but sophisticated tools.  Our toolkits can help identify mispriced stocks with the best and worst risk/reward characteristics, estimate a stock’s duration and warn you when a company is engaging in low-quality accounting. Over the last 12 years, KCR has built and offers time-tested and class-leading products built by experienced and proven money managers for fixed to low prices.
  2. Kailash Capital’s sister company, L2 Asset Management, runs market neutral, long/short, large-cap, and mid-cap long-only portfolios with a value and quality bias.  L2 employs a highly disciplined investment process characterized by moderate concentration, low turnover, high tax efficiency, and low fees. While nobody can predict the future, we believe the recent resurgence in risk-adjusted returns seen across all products is the beginning of what may be a long period where speculation is punished, and prudence and patience rewarded.
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February 28, 2017 |

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February 28, 2017

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