On May 17th around 2 p.m. a call came in from a friend, he said he had just received a call from his broker, who asked him “what he wanted to do about Facebook’s IPO”. The response was intricate and subtle;
“wouldn't touch it with a hundred foot pole”
The advice was to consider buying Western Digital (WDC) instead if he had to buy something. Sensing that the answer may have been a bit curt, the following email was sent shortly after the phone call:
In essence, the ruling upheld that those who had purchased foreclosure properties that had been illegally foreclosed upon (which is virtually all foreclosure sales in the last five years), did not in fact have title to those properties.
Given the fact that more than two-thirds of all real estate transactions in the last five years have also been foreclosed properties, this creates a small problem.
Our modern marketplace for investment in the formation and growth of public enterprises is imperfect, but it still works. It is a mechanism to transfer the wealth of the public to the companies we formulate to produce things; they are a reflection of our country and our people as a whole. The market can go mildly wrong or it can go terribly wrong. When it is mildly wrong, it present buying opportunities to shrewd investors, when it goes terribly wrong, it can become a machine of economic injustice.
It has been said that there are only two directions in life “the right way and the wrong way”. This is a simple and true statement. However, human nature being what it is, we perfect techniques of taking the simple and making it complicated. If this statement is true, and there are really only two roads, or perhaps it could be said two different directions on the same road, and we discover that we have gone down the wrong one, and that indeed no “fork in the road” lies ahead that will ultimately bring us back to the path we desired, then we come to the realization that we must retrace our steps and begin (seemingly painfully) at the beginning of the journey – it is all the more difficult when we have invited followers.