Constant growth

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As a portfolio manager, I make a point of regularly taking an inventory of my habits and decisions.  The goal is to try to determine which are making me better and which are holding me back. 
In taking the time to perform a “look back analysis,” I can examine both my funds and myself.  It helps me determine how I have adapted, as the world has evolved. This can range from what sectors I own versus a year ago, to re-examining my biggest market concerns now versus then, and anything in between. 
Across our funds at Cambridge, we have been conservatively positioned for some time. In the short term, holding cash has detracted from clients’ potential returns. So, I look back and ask, would or should I have done the year differently? If in a year the stock market is up 20% and 20x EPS, and we only deliver half of that to our clients, how will they feel?
My biggest fear is that of becoming complacent. Of committing to a belief, or view, when the evidence suggests I should be changing course. This is where the look back is helpful. Am I finding value in different areas than a year ago or three years ago? It is easy to keep doing the same thing, but rarely is the easy decision the right one. 
This mentality of constant growth and striving for progress over perfection is something I have come to value dearly, and it’s a skill that you never master. You just keep trying to get better and more consistent in the pursuit. 
From my seat, I see complacency in the markets at all-time highs (at least in my 10-year tenure to date), and it worries us a lot. The question we ask ourselves often at Cambridge is: 

“What can I do to continually improve, so that I stay ahead of the pack in an ever-changing world?”
At Cambridge we know that complacency kills and can cost clients dearly. That is why the line “Always be hungry; complacency kills” is one of our standards of conduct and is printed on the wall just inside the main entryway of our office. 

Thank you for your continued support,

Greg Dean


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