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Major Correction in Glamour Assets-Big Opportunities with Options

2020 was a truly unique year from a stock market perspective in that the most expensive stocks got more expensive, while the cheapest stocks got cheaper.  All of this was in spite of the year starting with the spread between value and growth already at near-record levels, with many astute investors betting on mean reversion. ...
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Inflation Running Hot and Major Update on Assured Guaranty’s Puerto Rico Exposure

Today the U.S. consumer prices numbers were released.  The numbers topped forecasts significantly, increasing by 0.8% from the prior month, reflecting gains in nearly every major category.  To put it into context, the gain in the overall CPI was twice as much as the highest projection in a Bloomberg survey of economists.  It is clear...
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 Hedge Fund Blowup and Rotation Shift to Value

We saw a little bit of volatility the last few days, as an overleveraged hedge fund blew up spectacularly.  It was one of the largest blowups in history (over $50 billion) and despite owning some pretty good positions, being leveraged 5-1 almost always assures disaster at some point, unless you are exceptionally lucky, and this...
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Rising Treasury Yields Sparking Volatility- Good News Long-Term

Volatility has come back into the equity markets, driven by rapidly increasing Treasury yields.  In fact, since the vaccine data came out towards the end of last year, Treasury Bonds are down 27.7%, meaning yields are up.  This has coincided with value stocks and financials going on a massive rally and outperforming peers, after a...
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Value Having Best Month Relative to Growth in 2 Decades

There have been a few interesting market developments the last few days.  10-year Treasury yields have increased to levels around where they were last year at this time, before the pandemic and lockdowns had really been felt.  The $1.9 Trillion stimulus package seems to be getting closer to getting done.  Inflation expectations are ticking up...
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Speculative Fever and a Lookback to 2001

The speculative fever seems to be at full blast as we’ve seen with the wild price moves in stocks such as Tesla, or alternatives such as Bitcoin.  Many people are applying pandemic-inflated growth levels into perpetuity.  One example, I find interesting is Zoom Video Communications (ZM).  The stock rose 400% last year, as the technology...
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Georgia Runoff/Higher Rates, Impact on Value Stocks

Last night’s Senate runoff in Georgia looks like it will be a clean sweep for the Democrats giving them control of the Presidency, House and Senate (with the VP holding the tie breaking vote). The margins in the House and the Senate are very small, so it won’t be easy to pass a major tax...
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Comparing Value vs Growth Historical Relative Valuations- GMO

I came across a terrific article I wanted to share with you by the asset manager GMO on how extreme the opportunity in value is versus growth.  I’m going to share some of the most important commentaries.   “The performance of Value from 2007 to 2019 was, to put it mildly, uninspiring. This was not...
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S&P 500 Forward Price/Earnings Analysis

The last decade has been a strong one for U.S. equities and bonds.  One primary driver of that performance were low starting valuations, stemming from the Great Recession, which had just ended in 2009.  This was the opposite of the scenario that led to the lost decade preceding it.  I believe many market participants are...
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3 Pieces of Good News

Over the weekend, three pieces of good news occurred that should be quite beneficial to our portfolios over the next 12 months and hopefully sooner too.  First, the Moderna vaccine was approved and will start to be used on Monday.  This is another MRNA vaccine like the one from Pfizer, but it doesn’t require the...
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Investment Grade Bonds Yielding 1.85%- What it Means

I hope that you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday.  What a crazy year it has been.  Surely, these next few months will be historic as the vaccine rollout and distribution takes center stage.  It would seem that these combined with better treatments such as the Regeneron and Eli Lilly AB programs, should be able...
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Another Major Vaccine and Historical Perspective on Value

On Monday, we saw additional positive news on the Covid-19 vaccine front, with Moderna’s initial data looking very promising.  This is another revolutionary MRNA vaccine, similar to Pfizer’s, which released impressive data last week. More traditionally developed vaccines are coming down the pipeline as well, and treatments such as the Eli Lilly and Regeneron antibody...
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Major Vaccine Development

Today we received some very good news in that Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine is supposedly proving itself to be 90% effective in the latest trials, which is quite a bit better than what is required to be deemed successful.  This is an MRNA vaccine, which is a revolutionary technology that would greatly reduce the time it...
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Major Vaccine Development

Today we received some very good news in that Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine is supposedly proving itself to be 90% effective in latest trials, which is quite a bit better than what is required to be deemed successful.  This is an MRNA vaccines, which is a revolutionary technology that would greatly reduce the time it takes to develop...
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Strong GDP, More Restrictions in Europe, Setup for Election

Running up to the election in 2016, I believe the market was down 12 days in a row or something along those lines. We’ve seen a substantial selloff once again running into this one as tensions are high and stimulus is not happening prior to the election. Facebook, Amazon, Apple, and Google were down by...
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