“When looking at stocks, I think from the perspective of someone who owns the whole business with plans to own it indefinitely. The enterprise is sure to have both good and bad years, but what I concern myself with is the average year – what I consider “normal” – or, said another way, what the business should be able to do as opposed to what it currently is doing. Where others may get scared away by sub-normal results, the opportunity to close the gap between current and normal whets my appetite.” - J. Dale Harvey
Bottom-up Investing After Macroeconomic Anomalies
With valuation as our north star, we apply the same, bottom-up investment process across all sectors of the economy, regardless of their macroeconomic sensitivity.
“Too often, I’ve seen investors chase performance to their detriment while ignoring opportunities to invest in good strategies when they are out-of-sync with the broad market. While it may sound counterintuitive, Poplar Forest’s results right now are as bad as they ever have been relative to the S&P 500®, and I believe that makes this a particularly compelling time to invest with us.”- J. Dale Harvey