Canadian David Dreman was born in 1936 in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He had worked for companies such are Rauscher Pierce Refsnes Securities Corp., J&W Seligman, Value Line Investment Service, The Journal of Psychology and Financial Markets, International Foundation for Research in Experimental Economics (IFREE) and Dreman Value Management, L.L.C. His name is mostly known for his classic book “Contrarian investment Strategy: The Psychology of Stock Market Success” that was published in 1980. It is a book about investment and every investor during the 80’s and forward who is known for any success has probably read the “Contrarian Investment Strategy”.
David Dreman has written numerous articles in different scholarly investment articles in famous economic journals such are the “Financial Journal”, Journal of Investing and “The Journal of Financial Behavior”. Readers of Forbes magazine have known him for his columns that he has written for more than two decades. In the year 1958, he graduated from the University of Manitoba in Canada, after which he became a research director at Rauscher Pierce. Later he worked for Seligman as a senior investment officer. After that in 1977, at the Value Line Investment Service he became senior editor. That was the year when he was working for others and when he decided to found his own investment company where he acted as the president and the chairman of the company. That was Dreman Value Management, Inc. Dreman’s method of investing is the contrarian investing. But he saw many hard times coming to that.
When he was a junior analyst back in 1969, Dreman was only following a majority of investors as the stocks with minimal earnings turned over and became worthy. He lost three quarters of his net worth by following the majority, and that taught him to psychoanalyze investor behavior after what he became a contrarian investor. For him, the most important factor in the market is psychology. He is strict with his discipline and that is a part of his success. He explains that he buys stocks when they are battered. He buys stocks that have a low ratio of costs-earnings. Analysis shows that buying stocks with low selling value in the long term is better. Patience is for him the main asset in terms of investing and dealing with your stocks. His famous “If you have good stocks and you really know them, you’ll make money if you’re patient over three years or more” quote is what his style of investment is determined by. He is well known for his publications among which the “Contrarian Investment Strategy: The Psychology of Stock Market Success” published in 1980 gained a huge success and is a part of every investors elementary literature. “The New Contrarian Investment Strategy” and “Contrarian Investment Strategies: The Next Generation” are also the titles that gain popularity in the world of investing.
David Dreman Quotes:
Patience is a crucial but rare investment commodity.
Graham’s observations that investors pay too much for trendy, fashionable stocks and too little for companies that are out-of-favor, was on the money… Why does this profitability discrepancy persist? Because emotion favors the premium-priced stocks. They are fashionable. They are hot. They make great cocktail party chatter. There is an impressive and growing body of evidence demonstrating that investors and speculators don’t necessarily learn from experience. Emotion overrides logic time after time.
When advisors go one way, markets go the other.
Ingesting large amounts of investment information can lead to worse rather than better decisions.
Volatility is not risk. Avoid investment advice based on volatility.
I buy stocks when they are really battered.
If contrarian strategies work so well, why aren’t they more widely followed?… It is not enough to have winning methods, we must be able to use them. It sounds almost simplistic, but it isn’t.
Positive and negative surprises affect ‘best’ and ‘worst’ stocks in a diametrically opposite manner.
It’s very hard to go against the crowd. Even if you’ve done it most of your life, it still jolts you.
Favored stocks underperform the market, while out-of-favor companies outperform the market, but the reappraisal often happens slowly, even glacially.
Getting in near the bottom and out near the top is not as easy as market timers or asset allocators would have you believe.
It is one thing to have a powerful strategy; it’s another to execute it.
David Dreman Books:
Psychology and the Stock Market: Investment Strategy Beyond Random Walk. 1977. American Management Association. ISBN 0-814-45429-1.
Contrarian Investment Strategy: The Psychology of Stock Market Success. 1980. Random House. ISBN 0-394-42390-9.
The New Contrarian Investment Strategy. 1982. Random House. ISBN 0-394-52364-4.
Contrarian Investment Strategies: The Next Generation. 1998. Simon & Schuster. ISBN 0-684-81350-5.
Contrarian Investment Strategies: The Psychological Edge. 2012. Free Press. ISBN 0-743-29796-2.