Many investors have heard of the adage “Sell in May and go away.”
While my style of investing doesn’t have much to do with trying to time the markets, I haven’t been very active in the investing community since May due to some changing personal circumstances.
I certainly haven’t sold out however, and therefore have maintained most of my positions during this volatile time period, but I’m looking forward to getting back into the swing of things with investing and writing.
A New Career Path
Starting off on a more personal note, I’m excited to announce that I’m returning to school for my MBA.
After much planning, I started classes this past week at the University of North Carolina – Kenan-Flagler Business School in their full-time program, with the intention of pursuing a concentration in investment management.
I received admission to other top schools, but felt it was best to stay in North Carolina (and the combination of in-state tuition plus a substantial scholarship certainly helped sway the decision!).
UNC is a top-notch program with opportunities to participate in investment-related case competitions, manage a student-run investment portfolio, and access a specially designed Capital Markets Lab with Bloomberg terminals, Capital IQ, FactSet, etc.
I’m very excited about this new path, and am looking forward to turning my passion for investing into a full-time career.
I plan to explore the various career paths in investment management, but would like to stay focused within the value investing community, with the goal of landing a summer internship (and eventual equity analyst role) at a value-oriented firm.
I’d love to work for one of the well-known (and obviously highly selective) value funds like Greenlight or Baupost, but am also exploring other avenues like Vanguard, the Royce Funds, the large banks, etc.
It’s amazing, but company presentations for summer internships start in September (!!), so networking will be a key focus during the fall semester.
I’d love to branch out and discuss additional aspects of working in the equity research / hedge fund / investing field, so drop me a line if you’d like to talk about the industry.
A bit late to be commenting on results for Q2, especially since my portfolio has slid along with the rest of the market, but I think it’s still a useful exercise.
For additional perspective, check out this nice write-up on DIT as it reaffirms much of my original investment thesis.
I’ll be tweaking the portfolio in the near-term, as I’d like to free up some cash by selling out of some old positions.
In this type of market, having cash on the sidelines is a huge advantage.
Long IBAL, APNC, DIT, SPA