Imagine that back in 2007, you had $3,000,000 to invest on behalf of a private family investment partnership you were running. You decide to split this into three different companies. One of these was AIG, the insurance conglomerate. AIG shares fell from a high of $1,459.00 each to $6.60. The Board of Directors had to do a 20-1 reverse stock split to keep the thing from trading for less than the value of bottle caps.
I was asked, “There is a maxim of which you are no doubt aware that retail investors quote Warren Buffett, while professional money masters quote Jesse Livermore. You never talk about Livermore and I would like to know your thoughts on his philosophy.”