William C. Nygren, CFA®
Partner, Portfolio Manager and Chief Investment Officer – US Equities
William Nygren is a Partner and Portfolio Manager at Harris Associates L.P. He joined Harris Associates in 1983 as an investment analyst and later served as the firm's Director of Research. He served previously as an investment analyst with Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company. He has received numerous accolades over the course of his investment career, including Morningstar's Domestic Stock Manager of the Year in 2001.
William holds a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from the University of Minnesota and a Master of Science in finance from the University of Wisconsin – Madison's Applied Security Analysis Program. He is a CFA® charterholder.
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Bill Nygren from Harris Associates explains why its value investment philosophy and long-term perspective protect its portfolios against any emotion-driven overreaction when prices suddenly go up or down.
In 1983, the S&P 500® hit an all-time high of 166. Anyone who said then “I’m too smart to buy into the market near an all-time high – I’ll wait for it to fall 10%” – is still waiting. It never fell 10%.
The case for investing in U.S. large-cap stocks is encountering scepticism.