Investing as a New Career

Posted August 17th, 2011. Filed under Holdings

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.

YTD Results

Value Uncovered Portfolio - Q2 2011 Update

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.

Two of my largest holdings, APNC and IBAL, have more than doubled from my initial buy price, contributing to a large portion of the gains through the end of the second quarter.

I have taken advantage of the market sell-off to add to existing positions that I have covered before – namely AMCON Distributing (DIT) and Sparton Corp (SPA).

For additional perspective, check out this nice write-up on DIT as it reaffirms much of my original investment thesis.

Looking Forward

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.



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5 Responses so far

  1. Dean says:

    Good luck on your new adventure Adam. I’m sure you will do well.


  2. Jeff says:

    Congrats on your admission to UNC and good luck in your internship search!

    • asues says:

      Jeff & Dean,

      Thanks for the comments and well wishes! Going to be a very busy time over the next 21 months but excited to start down the path of the new career.

  3. Congrats Adam, that’s very exciting. Best of luck to you– just don’t start rooting for those rotten Heels (or their Tobacco Road brethren Duke)!

  4. Rocky says:


    I hope that your schooling leads to a very profitable and interesting new career. I hope that your able to keep your blog posts coming. I have really enjoyed our correspondence over the past year or so.

    Good Luck and God Bless you on your new educational venture.


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