Gone for Two Days

Sorry, but off on church business for two days.  As a parting shot, this is what I wrote on RealMoney yesterday:

 
 

David Merkel
What Do You Say When You Are Wrong?
11/8/2007 5:34 PM EST

Well, I say I was wrong, then. Wrong about National Atlantic. Ordinarily, reserving at short-tail insurers is hard to mess up, because the claim cash flows quickly reveal mistakes. This is one of the exceptions to the rule.I hate losing money; the only thing I hate more is losing money for others. My sympathies to anyone who has lost along with me. I am still playing on this one, because the company is valued as if it will never make money again, and my opinion is that they will make money again, or, there might be M&A activity.

Please note that due to factors including low market capitalization and/or insufficient public float, we consider National Atlantic to be a small-cap stock. You should be aware that such stocks are subject to more risk than stocks of larger companies, including greater volatility, lower liquidity and less publicly available information, and that postings such as this one can have an effect on their stock prices.

Position: still long NAHC, longer even


David Merkel
How Do You Minimize The Costs Of Being Wrong?
11/8/2007 6:40 PM EST

You diversify. Even with National Atlantic, my portfolio was even with the market today. Though it was my largest position, it was still only one of my positions, at less than 5% of the portfolio. Diversification is underrated, and we neglect it to our peril.Please note that due to factors including low market capitalization and/or insufficient public float, we consider National Atlantic to be a small-cap stock. You should be aware that such stocks are subject to more risk than stocks of larger companies, including greater volatility, lower liquidity and less publicly available information, and that postings such as this one can have an effect on their stock prices.

Position: long NAHC