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The Nature of Investing: Resilient Investment Strategies through Biomimicry by Katherine Collins

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Transformation 6

From Static to Dynamic

It had been a tough morning. Our firm held a stake of several hundred million dollars in one of the stocks I was recommending, and the company’s quarterly results had fallen short of expectations. The stock was down more than 10 percent, so we’d lost tens of millions of dollars.

The short-term disruptions at the company were well explained, and most were of a transitory nature: a slipped deadline here, some cost inflation there. Of course, every analyst wonders what she could have done to better anticipate problems like these, but I had analyzed the results carefully and was confident that prospects for the business were still strong. I was recommending that we not just hold the stock but buy more, which ...

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