I just finished a fifteen-page seasonal letter to IMA clients. It discusses the economy and the positioning of our stock portfolio, as well as China, fossil fuels, AI, and unions. I will share excerpts from it over the next few weeks, starting today with a section that discusses our thoughts on the economy.
Though the official purpose of writing this was to get you close to my thinking about the economy and the stock market, to be honest, I have very little new to say. I suggest you reread my succinct letter from March 2023.
I have written this more selfishly to crystallize my thinking. This way, you and I will figure out what I think together. Thus, the following reads more like a listicle rather than an essay where all thoughts must flow from one to another.
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WHO AM I: Vitaliy Katsenelson was born in Murmansk, Russia, and immigrated to the United States with his family in 1991. After joining Denver-based value investment firm IMA in 1997, Vitaliy became Chief Investment Officer in 2007 and CEO in 2012. Vitaliy has written two books on investing and is an award-winning writer. Known for his uncommon common sense, Forbes Magazine called him “The New Benjamin Graham.” He’s written for publications including Financial Times, Barron’s, Institutional Investor, and Foreign Policy. Vitaliy lives in Denver with his wife and three kids, where he loves to read, listen to classical music, play chess, and write about life, investing, and music. Soul in the Game is his third book and first non-investing book.