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GDP and Key Things to Watch

I hope everyone is healthy and making the best of this summer in this tumultuous year.  Today we got U.S. 2nd quarter GDP data, which was down by roughly a third, which is something we haven’t seen since the 1940’s.  This is a lagging indicator and was expected as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic...
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Compelling Statistics on Value Investing’s Mean Reversion

Over the long-term, the best performing stock strategy has been owning the cheapest companies from a valuation perspective.  Enterprise/value/EBIT, divides the (market cap+debt-cash by pretax operating income.)  An EV/EBIT of 5, means that if you buy a business for $1 million dollars, you are generating a 20% pretax return, or $200K.  That sounds pretty good...
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Growth vs Value Spread Top on Monday?

I’ve been writing to you for quite some time about the massive paradox between growth and value stocks.  The largest growth companies have become so big that they now represent the largest portion of the indices in history.  Conversely, value stocks have remained in the penalty box and are trading at very cheap valuations.  The...
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What Do We Own?

I hope everyone is holding up okay.  We’ve seen some encouraging employment numbers coming off those massive layoffs, but clearly the economy still has a lot of work to do to get close to recovering from where it was.  This month we should see a new stimulus bill negotiated, which will surely be very contentious. ...
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Why “Broken” Asset Classes Tend to do Best

I stumbled on a fantastic article today that is right on target with what we discussed in our previous article from 6/25/20 related to value investing and mean reversion.  There is a link below, which I think you’ll enjoy but I’ll cover some of the key aspects. These might be redundant if you read the...
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Why Value vs Momentum Divergence is Likely to Get Much Better

I’d like to draw your attention to the images above.  The graph on the left highlights the sharp divergence between momentum growth stocks and value stocks.  That is a 55% divergence and is one of the most shocking divides between growth and momentum in history, if not the most.  The only comparable is during the...
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Happy Father’s Day and Two Research Reports on Mortgage Insurers

I wanted to start with wishing all the Dads a Happy Father’s Day.  There has been a lot of interesting data coming out, including an incredible jobs report for May, and then a shockingly good retail sales number last week.  As we continue to reopen and resume a semblance of normalcy, things should only keep...
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Coronavirus News and Jamie Dimon on Banks

Volatility is picking up once again, which we should expect given the extreme conditions the world is seeing.  Yesterday, the Federal Reserve chair said that interest rates were likely to stay near zero through at least the next year or so.  I don’t see that as surprising whatsoever, given the focus will be on reducing...
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Signs of a Value Resurgence Sprouting?

As the economy reopens, cyclical value stocks are starting to perform a lot better. Remember, that what we experienced was something that has never happened before, with the major economies across the globe shutting down due to a virus.  I’d suggest the lock-down was more like the black swan rather than the pandemic, which are...
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Coronavirus News and Jamie Dimon on Banks

The news about Coronavirus continues to get substantially better.  The CDC updated its infection fatality rate (IFR) estimate to 0.26%.  This means that, if one is infected, they have a 0.26% chance of dying.  Initial estimates hovered around 1.5-3%, which shows how drastically wrong they were.  Now clearly one has a higher chance of death...
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Value Investing Returns After Volatile Periods

The image above was presented by famous value investor Richard Pzena.  As you can see, it shows that the best returns from value investing come after periods of stress.  We’ve seen this same phenomena in our portfolios after every major selloff we have experienced over the years.  While this crisis is extraordinary, so it is...
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Why I’m So Confident We will See Massive Gains From Here

2020 has certainly been a tragedy of epic proportions on just about any level imaginable.  There is no sugarcoating that.  When you have tens of thousands of people dying from a new virus, and economies shut down across the world, it is tough to feel cheery, especially when you sprinkle in record unemployment.  The stock...
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The Most Important Chart for You to See

This year has been wild in many terrible ways.  One extremely painful phenomenon (for a value investor) has been the massive growth outperformance relative to value.  Coming into the year, we were at the widest relative spread between growth and value since 2000.  After the pandemic tanked stocks more closely related to the economy, the...
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The Frustrating Disconnect Between Value and Growth

2020 has seen a major disconnect between growth and value.  In the first quarter, the Russell 1000 Pure Growth Total Return index returned -13.6%, while the Russell 1000 Pure Value Total Return index returned -35%.  If you think about the companies that are most negatively impacted by the bizarre nature of this crisis where economies...
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