Management Is Battling Entropy

Management is always an exercise in battling entropy. Order tends to disorder and the application of energy is required to restore order. It’s an immutable law of the universe and it’s a law of management. In tough times, the disorder comes at you a whole lot faster and requires a lot more energy to manage.

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Making High Quality Active Management Decisions

The most important distinction in the investment world does not separate individuals and institutions; the most important distinction divides those investors that have the ability to make high-quality active management decisions from those investors without active management expertise. Few institutions and even fewer individuals exhibit the ability and commit the resources to produce risk-adjusted excess returns.

– David Swensen