5 Step Guide to Complete Retirement Security
A RECORD OF PERFORMANCE
A seasoned team of investment executives, with over 50 years of combined experience, personally oversees all portfolio management. Guided by our Executive Investment Committee led by Jonathan Dash, Dash Investments has earned a reputation for trust and excellence within the industry.
POSITIONING YOUR PORTFOLIO FOR LONG-TERM SUCCESS
Selecting an effective guiding strategy for managing your portfolio is an important part of ensuring that you reach your goals while keeping your assets secure. Our primary philosophy for managing our clients’ accounts is known as “value investing”—an approach made famous by legendary investor Warren Buffett. Our clients benefit from expert implementation of a time-tested investment approach, which has been successful for more than 80 years.
A PROVEN STRATEGY
“Value investing” is defined as purchasing stocks, bonds, or other investments in high-quality businesses when they are selling for less than they are intrinsically worth. Put another way, value investors seek to purchase stocks and bonds at bargain prices.
The basic principles of value investing are put into practice every day by consumers who seek to find the best prices for their favorite products.
For instance, imagine a scenario where your local grocery store is temporarily overstocked with your favorite cereal. As a result, they may put the product on sale for half price. Since you know from experience that this cereal brand is generally very popular and probably won’t be in oversupply for long, you would likely buy several boxes because you know you are getting a great deal.
This same idea can be applied to stocks and bonds. Value investors will strive to determine the inherent value of companies and seek to purchase the stocks or bonds of those companies when they “go on sale.” When they are not selling at a discount, the value investor will patiently wait for the price to fall to their targeted buying range.
There are three primary characteristics we seek when analyzing a company: great business, great people, and great price.
- Simple and understandable
- Consistent operating history
- Favorable prospects for long-term demand of its product
- Competitive advantages
- Low debt
Great businesses are companies that have strong competitive advantages within their industries. These companies generally have operating histories of more than 10 years, demonstrate strength in all economic environments, and are well positioned for growth. They also have strong brands and operate in stable industries.
- A management team of capable operators
- Track record of success
- Long-term orientation
- Intelligent capital allocators
- Large ownership stake
We seek companies that have a team at the helm with a track record of success. Additionally, we look for managers who display integrity, intelligence, and a strong work ethic. In many cases these executives have a significant amount of their own net worth invested in the company. This alignment of interests helps to keep management focused on decisions that make sense for the company’s entire shareholder base.
- Undervalued—as compared to assets and identifiable earnings
- Selling at 60% or less of intrinsic value
By targeting undervalued stocks in inherently great companies, we aim to bring our clients real value and superior returns while minimizing risk. While great businesses usually demand a high purchase price, expert analysis and vigilant monitoring allows us to determine when the stock is “on sale” and to purchase when an attractive investment opportunity presents itself.
Did you know that there are over 9,500 publicly traded stocks in the United States and over 63,000 traded worldwide? There are also tens of thousands of fixed-income securities from which to choose. With so many investment options, how do you know which stocks or bonds to invest in? How do you know which are right for you?
Conducting rigorous fundamental research and utilizing proprietary methodologies, our team of experts works full time to analyze and successfully identify attractive investment opportunities for our clients. Research often includes traveling to a company’s headquarters to meet with management, interviewing the company’s customers and suppliers, and conducting thorough research on its competitors.
By the time we are through, we can accurately determine the company’s intrinsic value and growth potential. Many of our investments are in companies we have followed for decades. By becoming experts in a particular company before investing, we keep our clients well ahead of the pack.