Category: Investing


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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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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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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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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20 Rules for Markets and Investing – 2020 Edition

1) Be humble or the markets will eventually find a way to humble you. Having more confidence is a good thing in many areas of life. Markets, however, are not one of them. More confident investors tend to trade more and take on undue risk, leading to worse performance. If you were overconfident entering 2020, by the […]

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The Last 10 Years and the Next 10

These are the returns from major asset classes over the last 10 years… What stands out? A few things: 1) Bitcoin, with an annualized return of over 200%, is in a different stratosphere. Bitcoin was trading at just 30 cents 10 years ago. Few had ever heard of it and fewer still owned it. This […]

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Bonds for the Long Run?

Over the last 20 years, long-term bonds have outperformed stocks (350% vs. 284%). Needless to say, this outcome will come as a surprise to many… (Note: in this post I’m using the S&P 500 Index Fund (VFINX) as the proxy for “stocks” and the Vanguard Long-Term Investment Grade Bond Fund (VWESX) as the proxy for […]

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245x Sales: The Most Highly Valued Large Cap Company in History?

Snowflake’s price to sales ratio just hit 245 (using TTM sales of $490 million). With a current market cap of $120 billion, this begs the question: has there ever been a company in history as large as Snowflake with a higher valuation? I don’t believe so. Back in the dot-com mania, Cisco briefly hit a […]

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The Top 30 Stocks Over the Last 30 Years…

Here are the top 30 stocks in the S&P 500 over the past 30 years… These companies have delivered unfathomable returns to their shareholders. They have also delivered many periods of excruciating pain for anyone able to stick with them. When thinking about big winners in the stock market, excruciating pain probably isn’t the first […]

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The Craziest Thing You May Ever See in Markets

If you’re around markets long enough, you’re bound to see some crazy things. Manias. Crashes. Negative interest rates. Negative crude oil. The list goes on and on. But what we saw this week in something called the Litecoin Investment Trust ($LTCN) just may be the craziest thing you will ever see. The trust closed on […]

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Bitcoin, Bubbles, and Belief

The is a story about belief. But first, let’s do a little time traveling… 1) It’s July 2010. Bitcoin is trading at 5 cents. What’s a Bitcoin? 2) It’s February 2011. Bitcoin is trading at $1.10, a 2,100% increase in 7 months. This is what the chart looks like… What’s the first word that comes […]

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What Happens When High Yield Becomes Low Yield?

In December 2008, as the “world was ending,” US junk bonds hit a record high yield of 23.26%. Forecasts of financial Armageddon were widespread, and few could envision a scenario in which subordinated bondholders would receive anything but pain. Note: throughout this post, we use the ICE BofA US High Yield Index as the high […]

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8 to 80 Spotlight: Google

A new series covering companies in the 8 to 80 Portfolio… 1) Why is Google an 8 to 80 Brand? “Just google it.” A phrase that has become synonymous with finding the answer to any question imaginable. Google is now estimated to control over 90% of the world’s search market, used by people of all ages. […]

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8 to 80 Spotlight: Netflix

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 is fast becoming a global brand, with international growth outpacing US growth over the […]

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Introducing the 8 to 80 Portfolio

In an investment world that is increasingly shifting towards passive index funds and ETFs, what’s the case for owning individual stocks? For Howard Lindzon (founder partner at Compound), the answer simple: do it for profit, and do it for joy. Howard has a unique view of the investing landscape, sitting at the intersection of private […]

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