Our approach is holistic. We take a broader perspective. Never seeing events in isolation, always as a piece in a large jigsaw puzzle.
Most developments in financial markets and economies are cyclical. Some cycles are very long, some are short. Being a good investor does not come from reacting to every bit of news, but from understanding where we are in these cycles. And how these cycles interact. The most important cycle is the equity market cycle. If you understand that cycle well you can weather storms and your returns may become sustainable.
We also take a holistic view on our planet. Everything is connected. We seek green solutions that work at a global level.
To understand the whole, we aim to break problems down to their basics and find the most simple solution with the most impact.
In money markets, big monetary and political events are key to market performance most of the time. To understand what drives the big monetary and political decisions it doesn't work to listen what central bankers and politicians say, but what they mean. What their underlying interests are. It pays to take an anthropological view on society, which is why we spend so much time reading about history, geopolitics and psychology.
Essentialism for us also means finding those environmental solutions that have greatest impact and work in the long run
We seek to protect our portfolios against large draw downs.
Monetary and political interests tend to drive market performance. Until we get bubbles, or crises. And then risks start to play a big role. In the long run, avoiding sharp draw downs in your portfolio is key to a sustainable performance. This is a mathematical fact. If your portfolio declines 50% you need to rise by 100% to get back to where you were.
This is why we are always on the lookout for those places where risks are building, be it high debt levels, or extreme valuations. And we try to avoid those areas. And we look to protect our portfolios. Often we get out of a market too early. But this pays in the long run.