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Illiquidity can be your friend.

In the last few years investors have been trained into thinking that liquidity is good and illiquidity is bad. When markets are constantly worried about a financial meltdown, investors need to be able to sell a financial asset in a matter of seconds and then move their cash to a safe haven promptly.

Illiquidity can be enormously rewarding in a contrarian asset (that is, one bought when it performs poorly with the expectation of selling it when it performs well) when: You’ve done your analysis properly and are aware of the risks; you believe that systemic collapse is unlikely; and you’re patient.

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