Brandywine August 2021 Commentary: Free Money

Brandywine August 2021 Commentary: Free Money
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Brandywine Asset Management commentary for the month ended August 2021, titled, “Free Money.”

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How To Ride The Bull Without Stepping In The Bull$#^!

The past decade has showered investors with one of history’s greatest liquidity-powered bull markets. Fed and congressionally provided "Free Money" has powered the S&P 500 to quadruple in price from 1,100 in 2010 to more than 4,400 today. Nobel Prize winner and Yale professor Robert Shiller’s Cyclically Adjusted Price Earnings ratio (“CAPE”) has doubled from less than 20 to more than 40 today. It’s long-term average is just 17. This indicates that even without a recession, the S&P 500 could drop 50% overnight and still be just ‘fairly’ valued based on long-term trends.

What Value Investors Can Learn From Walter Schloss And Ben Graham Today

Walter SchlossWalter Schloss isn’t a name many investors will have heard today. Schloss was one of the great value investors who trained under Benjamin Graham and specialized in finding cheap stocks. His track record was outstanding. In Warren Buffett’s 1984 essay, the Super Investors of Graham-and-Doddsville, he noted that between 1956 and 1984, Schloss’s firm returned Read More

In just the past year more than 1 million Americans became new millionaires and today there are more than 100,000 millionaires based solely on their bitcoin holdings. Brandywine loves this wealth creation, but as it is our mission to protect investors from taking unnecessary risks, we also recognize that today, more than ever in recent history, the risks of losing are also great. That is the basis for the development of our Brandywine Protected Funds.

Brandywine doesn't know when the next bear market will occur. We just know that it will. Brandywine Protected Funds enable you to participate in the current bull market yet be protected when the bear market hits.

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Capture Ratio

The Capture Ratio is one way to visualize the benefits of the investment approach employed by Brandywine Protected Funds. As shown on the chart in the upper right, Brandywine Protected 500 captures 84% of the upside performance of the S&P 500 but just 24% of the downside. This upside performance is obtained while Brandywine Protected 500 maintains 100% of its “Performance Protection” the entire time. This means that when a bear market occurs, even “out of the blue”, you will be protected.

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Jacob Wolinsky is the founder of, a popular value investing and hedge fund focused investment website. Jacob worked as an equity analyst first at a micro-cap focused private equity firm, followed by a stint at a smid cap focused research shop. Jacob lives with his wife and four kids in Passaic NJ. - Email: jacob(at) - Twitter username: JacobWolinsky - Full Disclosure: I do not purchase any equities anymore to avoid even the appearance of a conflict of interest and because at times I may receive grey areas of insider information. I have a few existing holdings from years ago, but I have sold off most of the equities and now only purchase mutual funds and some ETFs. I also own a few grams of Gold and Silver
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