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Tuesday Trends (1/26/21)

1) Equities a) US vs. World ($SPY/$ACWX) US stocks have been outperforming international equities for over 10 years. In early September, this ratio peaked and started trending lower… b) US vs. Emerging Markets ($SPY/$VWO) US Stocks outperformed Emerging Markets for years, with the ratio peaking last May. Since then EM has taken a leadership role hit […]

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5-Chart Friday (1/22/21)

5 charts from the past week that tell an interesting story in markets and investing… 1) Netflix Numbers Netflix reported earnings this week and surpassed expectations once again. Global subscribers moved above 200 million for the first time, increasing 22% in 2020 (up from 20% in 2019 and 18% in 2018). Netflix original series continue […]

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The Price of Admission

When investors think about risk, 2008 is usually the first thing that comes to mind. And for good reason. It was the worst year that most investors alive today have ever experienced. With dividends included, the S&P 500 lost 37% in 2008, its largest decline since 1931 (during the Great Depression). Since the end of […]

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8 to 80 Spotlight: Netflix (1/20/21)

A new series covering companies in the 8 to 80 Portfolio… 1) Why is Netflix an 8 to 80 Brand? Netflix is increasingly becoming a part of every household, and its viewers span multiple generations, from Gen Z to Boomers… It has also become a global brand, with international growth outpacing US growth over the past […]

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When Secular Trends Reverse

The most significant investing trends over the last 10 years can be summarized as follows… Large Caps over Small Caps. US over International. Growth over Value. Tech over Everything. Long Duration over Short Duration (Yields Falling, Curve Flattening). Stocks over Commodities. When Covid-19 first hit the US last February and March, all of these pre-existing […]

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8 to 80 Spotlight: Nike

A new series covering companies in the Compound 8 to 80 Portfolio… 1) Why is Nike an 8 to 80 Brand? “Just Do It.” Arguably the most recognizable slogan from one of the most recognizable companies. With customers in every generation, from 8 to 80, Nike is the leading global apparel brand in the world. 2) […]

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The Beginning of the End of Covid-19

I’ve been waiting to write this post since the pandemic began a year ago. The ups and downs have been many over that time as the virus has moved in waves throughout the world. Here in the US, the first wave would hit the northeast the hardest. The second wave would hit the south and […]

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5-Chart Friday (1/15/21)

This week’s 5-Chart Friday is sponsored by YCharts. Mention Compound to receive 20% off your subscription when you initially sign up for the service. Enabling smarter investment decisions & better client communications. — 5 charts from the past week that tell an interesting story in markets and investing… 1) A Clear Signal of Insanity Last Thursday morning, Elon Musk sent out […]

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Tuesday Trends (1/12/21)

The most important trends in markets and investing… 1) Equities a) US vs. World ($SPY/$ACWX) US stocks have been outperforming international equities for over 10 years. In early September, this ratio peaked and started trending lower and last week it hit a 9-month low… b) US vs. Emerging Markets ($SPY/$VWO) US Stocks outperformed Emerging Markets until […]

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Tesla and True Believers

Every bull market has a company that captures the hearts and minds of its investors. Today that company – more than any other – is Tesla. At a market cap of $834 billion, it recently surpassed Facebook to become the 5th largest company in the US. A year ago it had a market cap of […]

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A Clear Signal of Insanity

There’s been a lot of crazy things going on in markets lately, but this one may top them all. Last Thursday morning, Elon Musk sent out this tweet to his 41 million followers… What’s Signal? It’s a messaging app for your phone and an alternative to WhatsApp, which has been criticized recently for privacy concerns […]

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5-Chart Friday (1/8/21)

5 charts from the past week that tell an interesting story in markets and investing… 1) New Member of the Fab 5 Tesla’s market cap passed Facebook this week to become the 5th largest company in the US (trailing only Apple, Microsoft, Amazon, and Google). Its market cap now stands at $773 billion, up from […]

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Tuesday Trends (1/5/21)

The most important trends in markets and investing… 1) Equities a) US vs. World ($SPY/$ACWX) US stocks have been outperforming international equities for over 10 years. In early September, this ratio peaked and started trending lower and this week it hit a 9-month low… b) US vs. Emerging Markets ($SPY/$VWO) US Stocks outperformed Emerging Markets until […]

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8 to 80 Monthly Update – December 2020

A monthly update of the Compound 8 to 80 Portfolio… Performance Review The 8 to 80 Portfolio gained 0.73% (net of fees) in December. The broad equity markets continued to grind higher during the month with market participants celebrating the long-awaited passage of the second major stimulus bill ($900 billion). Covid-19 cases, hospitalizations, deaths in the US hit […]

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2020: The Year in Charts

Here are the charts and themes that tell the story of 2020… I. The World Before Covid It’s hard to remember, but there was a time when where no one was talking about Covid-19. 2020 started off the same way 2019 ended: with record highs across the board. The only nagging concern was the ongoing […]

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