Thursday, December 04, 2008

buying in a meltdown

In our 30 plus years of investing, we have rarely seen opportunities the likes of which we are seeing today. In times such as this, we are comforted by the fact that we have survived and prospered through many other crises over the years. Not to be flip, but we are reminded of the time back in 1962 when Russian missiles were on their way to Cuba to confront the U.S. blockade. Joe Reilly, a former partner of Tweedy, Browne, was in our trading room feverishly buying stocks in one of the biggest market meltdowns in stock market history. When asked by Howard Browne how he could be so confident in the face of such impending doom, Joe remarked, “Either this is going to turn out OK and the markets will turn around, or the world is going to come to an end. In either event, I’ll be fine as long as God doesn’t require cash.”

[Tweedy Browne Investment Adviser's Letter via iluvbabyb]

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