Our strategy in times of coronavirus
We will not be infected! How the coronavirus influences our strategy
February 26, 2020 | News
Due to current events, we would like to share our thoughts, strategies, and tips in connection with our investments and the coronavirus.
Our virus protection: Risk management
First of all, we would like to point out our risk management philosophy:
In our opinion, good risk management generally begins at the time of selecting companies and portfolio composition, and not at the time of various crises. When we include new companies in our portfolios, we already consider whether these companies can survive various crises unscathed in the long term.
The latest developments
Our companies remain attractive
Fiat Chrysler announced in mid-February that it would temporarily close a factory in Serbia because important electronic components in the Fiat 500L could not be delivered from China. Although the plant plays a reduced role in the overall result, the incident demonstrates the dependence of production on a functioning global supply chain and possible effects in the event of short-term bottlenecks.
In addition to Fiat Chrysler, we see operating risks at our automotive supplier Linamar, the chemicals group Chemours, and the engine manufacturer Rolls Royce (even though the engines and components are largely manufactured in Europe, the company is equally dependent on the supply chain of Boeing and Airbus as a supplier to them).
In our opinion, significant operational and macroeconomic risks are already taken into account in the current assessment of all the above-mentioned companies. We continue to see an attractive risk ratio for long-term investors who have the patience and courage to survive this phase.
No permanent problems expected
While the shifts in share prices may have short-term economic effects, we do not anticipate any permanent problems at our companies – we continue to see the unchanged potential for value growth in the long term. As always, share prices may temporarily paint a different picture of reality, but it is precisely in such a phase that it is important to remain calm.
We remain true to our long-term and quality-oriented investment strategy and will continue to be almost fully invested in the respective pre-defined asset allocation. Even in times of crisis, the following applies: only those who are fully or almost fully invested have the guarantee that they will also take all the good days and months that come unforeseenly, especially in these phases. Particularly bad days are often followed by particularly good days, and those who are not there then sometimes drastically reduce their long-term earnings opportunities.
We follow the challenging new situation with appropriate respect and analytical calculation in order to protect and increase your assets in the medium and long term in the best possible way.
As in any crisis, it is important to be sensible and not to panic. This is especially true if the virus should spread beyond the Italian borders into Europe. The news situation in the German-speaking world would then very quickly become much gloomier, the number of bad news stories from self-proclaimed financial prophets would increase dramatically. However, their general credibility would remain as low as ever, and they would, unfortunately, be listened to much more than usual during such phases. Investors who follow the call are usually freed from short-term suffering of further losses, but the price is often extremely expensive because they usually fail to reinvest in shares in time and leave significantly more lost profits by the wayside in the long run.
Do it like Homer
Should it become difficult to resist the temptation, we recommend solving the problem of self-control analogous to Ulysses in Homer’s story with the sirens. In order to resist the sirens’ song and not to be shipwrecked, he plugged his crew’s ears with wax and tied himself to the mast to avoid getting behind the wheel. Similarly, if things get worse, our advice is to avoid looking at your portfolio for a long time and avoid all financial news if possible. Experience and science have proven the positive effects of this approach several times. In the meantime, we keep our ears open for you and pay attention to the important signals and avoid the noise. As far as the singing of financial prophets is concerned, we are fortunately deaf by nature.