TIP594: Contrarian Investing & Sir John Templeton w/ Scott Phillips

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On today’s episode, Clay is joined by Scott Phillips to discuss how to invest during times of max pessimism. Scott is married to and manages money with Lauren Templeton, who is Sir John Templeton’s great-niece. Sir John was one of the greatest international investors of the 20th century and the master of finding pockets of the market that were most distressed and offered the highest level of asymmetric returns.

Scott Phillips is a Principal and Chief Investment Officer at Templeton and Phillips Capital Management, LLC. Mr. Phillips also serves as a Managing Member to the Templeton and Phillips Partners Fund, LLC.



IN THIS EPISODE, YOU’LL LEARN:

00:00 - Intro.


03:02 - What helped Sir John Templeton think independently and have the courage to stray from the crowd.

10:01 - Sir John’s lessons living through the Great Depression.

15:24 - How Scott works to teach his children the values around money that Templeton embodied.

22:20 - The investment lessons that Scott learned from studying the career of Templeton.

35:09 - The three ways to generate excess returns in the markets.

43:48 - How Scott’s fund capitalized on the market panic in March 2020.

49:25 - Areas of the market Scott deems to be significantly undervalued.

56:30 - Why US investors should consider diversifying away from the dollar.

56:48 - Scott’s current thoughts on investing in China.

01:10:27 - How Scott thinks about shorting the occasional bubble in the market.

01:18:21 - Scott’s thoughts on continuing to be optimistic about the future.



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