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Tiger Woods And Investment Gurus Lose Their 'Touch', Question: Do They Ever Get It Back?

Elliott R. Morss ©All Rights Reserved

February 2015

Introduction

Watching Tiger Woods get an 82, the worst score of his career at the Waste Management Phoenix Open on January 30th, I was reminded of other "greats" who have lost their touch. In particular, I thought of some of the great investors, like Graham, Lynch, Zweig, Greenblatt, O'Shaughnessy, and Buffet.1 The investment performance of these gurus was truly remarkable, but like Tiger, they also have had their ups and downs. In what follows, I look at their records, Tiger's records, along with what John Reese of Validea has been able to do using a computer model simulation of certain investment gurus' strategies to pick…