23 Feb '14, 11am

In investing, stick to the best companies #invest #strategy #tip

Betting on a new management to turn around a struggling business rarely works in practice. So every time someone comes to me with a sexy story of how a company boss plans to rescue an ailing listed firm, I greet it with considerable scepticism. In my long career as a financial writer, I have rarely come across a case where it makes sense to throw good money after bad, and hope that the glory of a failing company can simply be restored with a change of ownership. To me, it would make better sense for an investor to stick to throwing good money at already well-run companies if he wants to get a decent return on his investment. That is because good businesses tend to stay good, even if they sometimes find themselves run by managers who fail to live up to expectations. It led to a wry observation by legendary investment guru Warren Buffett that "when a management with a reputa...

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