Thursday, October 31, 2013

Microcaps for the Long Run

Long term.  Is that a dirty word in an age of the instant?  Technology is changing everything. A study by the Pew Internet  & American Life Project says that 87% of teachers feel that the internet and related technologies are creating an “easily distracted generation with short attention spans.”

We see this flowing through to investing.  When seconds, or even milliseconds, of delay feel like forever in so many aspects of our lives, who is left to think about a stock’s potential over the years ahead?  How many have the discipline to hold a position over the ups and downs it will inevitably have?

Ariel Investments, the $7 billion Chicago based manager, published a report that states, “More than 80 years of data support the case that microcap stocks have been by far the highest returning segment of the domestic equity market.” [emphasis added] The data is incredible. 98% of the time microcaps outperform large-caps for rolling 20-year periods.  Historical annual microcap outperformance is hundreds of basis points, which has a mind-blowing impact on long term compounding, as illustrated in this chart.

$1,000 invested over various time frames

No doubt, microcap investing takes work. Compared to larger caps, the smallest cap securities typically have less information available, less Wall Street coverage, less liquidity, and more market volatility.  Microcap investors like us often have to put many hours in just to understand the basics of a new company we are looking at.  And then we have to be willing to hold the position for some time until it works. 

And in that is the opportunity.  Others simply can’t be bothered with microcaps.  With investor interest increasingly shifting to the instant—instant information, instant liquidity, instant returns—relatively few other institutions fish where we do.  Sure, the fishing takes some work, but we feel we have the wind at our backs when we pick what we think are the best investments within the section of the market that we expect to continue to produce the best long term returns.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Let’s Go!

Our first post!  Well, our first post after our legal disclaimer and contact info.  We are in the age-old business of investment management, but thought it would be fun to use technology to share some of our thoughts and interact with the investment community.

This is a new initiative for us and we are excited about it.  Besides this blog, we also are kicking off a Twitter feed. We plan on writing about stocks, the market, investing, the Broncos, and anything else we find interesting. 

Lazarus is a ten-year old investment management firm based in Denver, Colorado.  We run two different investment strategies, one with a domestic micro-cap focus and one with an all-cap Israel focus, so you can expect to see a lot in those areas. 

We are long term, fundamental investors and don’t short.  We love talking about stocks and spend our days in search of the next great investment idea.  Keep an eye on this site and you’ll get to know us better through our work. 

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Contact Us

Please, no solicitations

Lazarus Management Company LLC
3200 Cherry Creek South Drive, Suite 670
Denver, Colorado 80209 USA
Tel +1 (303) 500-8821

Legal Disclaimer

Legal Disclaimer

Lazarus Management Company LLC, funds managed by Lazarus Management Company LLC, and related entities and their employees and principals (“we”) have investment exposure to publicly traded securities, including, without limitation, some of the securities we write about on this blog, on Twitter, and elsewhere.  We may benefit from the appreciation in the market value of certain securities, and the increase in their trading volume and liquidity.  We are not compensated for writing by the companies we write about. 

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