Global macro investing provides unique uncorrelated return opportunities within a diversified portfolio. This blog focuses on current economic and finance issues, changes in the market structure and the hedge fund industry as well as how to be a better disciplined decision-maker in the global macro / managed futures space.
Friday, February 23, 2018
What is your focus? Schwerpunkt - the center of gravity for your investment efforts
“An operation without Schwerpunkt is like a man without character.” –Field Marshal Paul von Hindenburg
Schwerpundt is a German word meaning main
focus, center of gravity, or focal point. The term came from Von Clausewitz's
"On War" and refers to the strategic objective or goal of
any military campaign or battle. It is the place of greatest importance against an adversary.
I love this word because it can also be
applied to any number of investment decisions or problems. For all the work done to develop
the right portfolio or all the techniques used to model decision-making,
there still needs a focus on schwerpundt; what is the essence of what needs to done and what is it that is most critical.
For risk management, the focal point, is not
losing money or protecting principal. All of the talk about risk management principles is important but has to be directed at the goal of protecting wealth. For value investing, it is finding cheap
securities that have limited downside and the opportunity for significant gain. For portfolio management, it is finding the highest risk-adjusted
investor or portfolio manager may have different goals but identifying their
focus should be straightforward, direct, and easily explained to anyone. The
essence of investing should be easily understood. Just like in a battle, the center of gravity for winning should be identified and the focus for resources and attention.