Burgundy Blog

Deconstructing Quality, Part III

Our Deconstructing Quality series explores the three categories Burgundy assesses in our search for worthwhile companies. Part I looked into the business characteristics that help define a quality business.  Part II considered the financial attributes that make for attractive investments. In Part III, our final segment, we will investigate management assessment, the least quantifiable piece… Continue reading “Deconstructing Quality, Part III”

Lazy Fund Managers

When we started Burgundy 26 years ago we had some basic principles and values in mind. We would aim to make significant investments in well run businesses run by trustworthy, capable and honest management teams. We would work hard to deeply understand how these businesses worked and what the fundamental drivers were in order to… Continue reading “Lazy Fund Managers”

Stoic Training for Private Investors

Philosophy seems to be trending these days. In 2013, Burgundy sought investing inspiration from ancient Greece, publishing a View on Stoicism and the Art of Portfolio Intervention. Several tech entrepreneurs, such as Peter Thiel (co-founder of PayPal) and Reid Hoffman (co-founder of LinkedIn), proudly hold philosophy degrees. Charlie Munger, partner of Warren Buffett, has also… Continue reading “Stoic Training for Private Investors”

Volatility can be the Friend of the Patient Long-term Investor

Last year, conversations around volatility permeated the client meetings at Burgundy. During portfolio reviews, discussions often turned to how regularly the equity market indices had been reaching new highs and the very low level of volatility they had exhibited. There are various measures for market volatility, but one that is often used is the Chicago… Continue reading “Volatility can be the Friend of the Patient Long-term Investor”

Key Messages from Burgundy’s Conference Call

Burgundy’s November conference call is becoming something of a pre-holiday tradition. This year’s call featured an update from Richard Rooney, our President and Chief Investment Officer, and comments from Chief Operating Officer Robert Sankey, and Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Tony Arrell. The call addressed a wide range of topics, but throughout, Richard, Rob and… Continue reading “Key Messages from Burgundy’s Conference Call”