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Week of November 7, 2022 Windstorms swept the Midwestern US over the weekend, creating some mayhem, but no lasting damage. Autumn leaves swirled and weak branches were strewn about. This was an apt metaphor for the actions in the capital markets this past week too, as the electorate awaits the outcome of this week’s poll … Continued

“You’re Only as Good as Your Dumbest Competitor”

This quotation is attributed to Gordon Bethune, who, at the time, was CEO of Continental Airlines.  Investors should take note.  No matter how well run you believe the companies in your portfolio may be, it is important to recognize that the actions of competitors are material. It is probable that Mr. Bethune was thinking about … Continued

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Week of October 31, 2022 The time has drawn to a close for an October political surprise. Current polls suggest a lean to the right in the House of Representatives and either a status quo or Republican takeover of the Senate. Should that occur, no policy changes could be expected as the president has the … Continued

“I Have 10 Grandchildren”

No, not me, but Peter Lynch, who, in a conversation with Bloomberg News, as reported by the Los Angeles Times, when pressed on the record of active vs. passive management, said, “I don’t keep score, I’ve got 10 grandchildren…That’s what I keep score on.” For those too young to remember, Peter Lynch, now 78, was … Continued

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Week of October 24, 2022 There was a great deal of market “noise” this week with equity prices bouncing off recent lows, but no definitive change in any Signals. The plenum in China yielded no surprises as Xi Jinping muscled in another term. Putin is struggling with Ukraine, the Ayatollah is on the ropes in … Continued

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Week of October 17, 2022 When will volatility in capital markets end? Likely, not soon. Often, volatility begets more volatility as the faint of heart ultimately succumb to the anxiety provocations. Eventually, greed replaces fear as the dominant emotion and a bull market is given birth. For long term investors, this is standard operating procedure. … Continued

Critical Mass

According to Investopedia, critical mass is the point at which a growing company becomes self-sustaining and no longer needs additional investment to remain economically viable.  The term critical mass is borrowed from nuclear physics, where it refers to the smallest mass that can sustain a nuclear reaction at a constant level. In the world of … Continued

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Week of October 10, 2022 In the last century, we have seen numerous events that create global uncertainty. Most recently, Russia has shifted their tactical strategy to destroy critical Ukrainian civilian infrastructure, signaling desperation for Russia and a long, drawn out conflict for Ukrainians. At home in the US, the Federal Reserve indicated a long, … Continued

Beauty is Only Skin Deep

This may best describe China’s recent certification of the domestically produced C919 jet, intended to eventually compete with Boeing and Airbus families of single aisle commercial jets. The key word for investors in the foregoing is “eventually.” This type of certification allows the airplane to be delivered to Chinese customers for domestic flights.  A broader … Continued

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Week of October 3, 2022 No change in Signals this week. From The Wall Street Journal, October 2, 2022, “After Punishing Year for Stocks, Investors Aren’t Betting on Post Mid-Term Rally.” This could be a mistake. From the article, “The S&P 500 has moved higher in the one-year period following every midterm election since 1942, … Continued

I’ve Seen This Before

After nearly 65 years of employment in the investment community, I have seen, and survived, almost everything the market can throw at you.  While it is true that markets are prone to wide fluctuations, they remain, in effect, a proxy for the long term economic success of the United States. Over the nearly 100 years … Continued

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Week of September 26, 2022 Bear markets are designed to generate maximum emotional discomfort. At the moment of complete despair is the capitulation that results in the panicked sale of investments. With a cyclical bear market in equities now largely confirmed, future return expectations have improved, and as such, additional investment is warranted. Our equity … Continued