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  • A recipe for sustainability
    A fruitful endeavour TOSS the fruit of the oil palm in your hand—a reddish-orange lozenge not much bigger ...
  • Read all about us
    IN RECENT years a variety of global names in journalism have been put forward as potential buyers of ...
  • Building castles on sand
    Reach for the sky WERE it built to its original design, the Burj Khalifa would have just 90 ...
  • Cyber-boom or cyber-bubble?
    ISRAEL’S arms exports fell last year. Cutbacks in the defence budgets of many Western countries pushed the global ...
  • Myths about millennials
    ONE of the perks of getting old is that you are allowed to talk nonsense about the young. ...
  • RS Charts of the Week
    Point and Figure RS Charts are calculated by dividing one security by another and plotting the ratio on a PnF chart.  When the ratio is ...
  • Moving Beyond the Style Box
    One of the unfortunate effects of this industry’s adoption of style-box investing has been “the homogenization of fund managers.”  Samuel Lee of Morningstar explains: A more ...
  • Sector Performance
    The chart below shows performance of US sectors over the trailing 12, 6, and 1 month(s).  Performance updated through 7/23/15. The performance above is based ...
  • RS Charts of The Week
    Point and Figure RS Charts are calculated by dividing one security by another and plotting the ratio on a PnF chart.  When the ratio is ...
  • Getting Behavioral Coaching Right
    Interesting analysis by Vanguard estimating that a good financial advisor has the potential to add 3% annually (net) to their client’s portfolios.  See below for ...
  • Sunday links: why traders struggle
    Book review: Money, Taste, and Wine: It’s Complicated! by Mike Veseth debunks some wine-related myths is an “enjoyable read.”  (Reading the Markets)
  • Top clicks this week on Abnormal Returns
    Thanks for checking in with us this weekend. Here are the most clicked on items on Abnormal Returns for the week ended...
  • Saturday links: killer AI
    Book notes: Your backyard is more interesting than you think. A look at Ben-Erik van Wyk and Michael Wink’s Phytomedicines, Herbal Drugs,...
  • Friday links: flat markets
    Book Q&A: Why bad food tastes good. A discussion with Mark Schatzker author of The Dorito Effect: The Surprising New Truth About...
  • Podcast links: putting the tech in biotech
    Fridays are all about podcast links here at Abnormal Returns. You can check out last week’s links including a look at the...
  • Anomalies, Cycles, and Inevitable Periods of Underperformance
    You’re new to investing and want to pursue a small cap value strategy. You’ve read that value stocks and small caps tend to outperform over ...
  • The Illusion of Stability
    U.S. equities continue to trade like a risk-free money market. Over the past seven months, the range (from high to low) in the Dow Jones ...
  • Stocks Fall On…
    Stocks are down today and you want to know why. We all do; the need to explain things is an innate characteristic of humans. A ...
  • When Fear of Bonds Exceeds Fear of Stocks
    Worried about your bonds? You’re not alone. In speaking with our investors in recent weeks, the most universal theme by far was concern over their ...
  • When Lower for Longer is Not Enough
    For years now, U.S. equity markets have rejoiced each and every time expectations for the first Federal Reserve rate hike have been pushed back. Mr. ...
  • Early Market Notes
    Here are a few notes to pass along this morning. The Employment Cost Index report this morning was a dud. Last quarter, workers got the ...
  • Moog Earns $1.05 per Share
    Moog (MOG-A) just reported fiscal Q3 earnings of $1.05 per share which is 11 cents more than Wall Street’s forecast. The Company updated its projections ...
  • CWS Market Review – July 31, 2015
    “Investment success does not require glamour stocks or bull markets.” – John Neff Good news—the earnings recession may finally be over. Not all the numbers ...
  • Morning News: July 31, 2015
    China Securities Regulator Says Remains Committed to Market-Oriented Reforms Russian Rouble Weaker Before Central Bank’s Rate Decision Can the Greek Bailout Survive Without the IMF? ...
  • GDP Grew by 2.3% in Q2
    The government reported that the US grew in real terms by 2.3% in the second quarter. I had been expecting more although the number for ...
  • In Search of the Anti-Uber
    Some say the so-called sharing economy has gotten away from its central premise—sharing.
  • A College Without Classes
    Forget credit hours—in a quest to cut costs, universities are simply asking students to prove their mastery of a subject.
  • White Flight Never Ended
    Today's cities may be more diverse overall, but people of different races still don’t live near each other.
  • Debt After Death
    When a young person dies unexpectedly, his or her family could end up with the burden of paying off student loans. Can that be avoided?
  • Aging Pipes Are Poisoning America's Tap Water
    In Flint, Michigan, lead, copper, and bacteria are contaminating the drinking supply and making residents ill. If other cities fail to fix their old pipes, ...
  • Links
    Bill Gates: We Need Clean-Energy Innovation, and Lots of It (LINK)Mohnish Pabrai on How to be a Mentor (LINK)Related book: 
  • Phil Fisher on research and development
    From Common Stocks and Uncommon Profits:The impact of this sort of thing on investment can hardly be over-stated. The cost ...
  • Links
    Warren Buffett’s Family Secretly Funded a Birth Control Revolution [H/T Linc] (LINK)Donald Yacktman: "Viewing Stocks as Bonds" | Talks at Google (video) [H/T ...
  • Harvey Firestone quote
    From Men and Rubber: The Story of Business:Sometimes it seems that it might be better to go back to those simpler ...
  • Links
    Mark Zuckerberg's latest book club book is also a Charlie Munger recommendation, Genome: The Autobiography of a Species in 23 Chapters (LINK)Charles ...
  • How Big Is The Universe?
    The Universe is big, but how big is it? That all depends on whether the Universe is finite or infinite. Even the word “big” is ...
  • How to sort through garbage online investment advice
        My Sunday Washington Post Business Section column is out. This morning, we look at how the internet evolved as a source of bad investment opinion. The print ...
  • 10 Sunday Reads
    Good Sunday morn. Round out your weekend with these expert hand curated reads: • Macro Markets Risk Index: US Trend Remains Modestly Positive (Capital Spectator) see ...
  • Bad special-effects supercut
    Bad special-effects supercut is hilarious and sad at the same time The Worst Movie Special Effects Ever Compilation by worldwideinterweb dailydot via Reddit
  • The Amy Winehouse Movie
    What impressed me most was she was singing her truth, unselfconsciously, in a world where we’re all too guarded, posting on Instagram about our fabulous ...
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  • Trade What Is, Not What Should Be
    The SPX bounced off its 200DEMA inflection point and made a 8-day Fib day count run to test the highs of its 2015 relatively narrow ...
  • Significant Time Symmetry
    The SPX finished +0.1% for May on below average volume, which is the norm these days, but the Central Bank manipulated market continues to get ...
  • Enhanced Trade Selection
    The SPX bull market top in 2007 was 2,757 CD`s from the 3/24/00 bull market top, and this week is 2757 CD`s from that 2007 ...
  • Inflection Point Zone with Symmetry
    The SPX made a cycle high of 2120 on 2/25/15 and a closing high of 2117.52 on 3/2/15. It has since declined -3.8% to the ...
  • Using My Implied Volatility Calculator
    The SPX finished 2014 +11.4% to 2080.35, declined -4.3% in Jan, and is +4.7% so far in Feb after significant headline volatility, most of which ...
  • Credit - Mack the Knife
    "Oh the shark has pretty teeth dear,And he shows them pearly whiteJust a jack-knife has Macheath dear
  • Macro - Ominous Decade
    "Fascism is capitalism in decay." - Vladimir LeninFollowing Greek's submission and the acceptance by French Constitutional court ...
  • Credit - A Cadmean victory
    "Thus it is that in war the victorious strategist only seeks battle after the victory has been won, whereas ...
  • Credit - Blue Monday
    "As long as the world is turning and spinning, we're gonna be dizzy and we're gonna make mistakes." - ...
  • Credit - The Third Punic War
    "The worst pain a man can suffer: to have insight into much and power over nothing." - Herodotus, Greek ...
  • Recent interview and podcasts
    I recently began co-hosting the Bulldog Investor Podcast with Fred Rockwell.  For anyone who didn't know I was doing this I wanted to share ...
  • Neglected or distressed?
    There is a common perception about value investing that it involves purchasing shares of companies on the brink of financial ruin with the hope they ...
  • The Solitron proxy battle heats up
    The proxy battle between Solitron management and Eriksen Capital Management has reached new heights.  Solitron is clearly worried that they will lose this battle, and ...
  • Announcing The Microcap Conference
    One of the most common questions I'm asked regarding micro cap stocks is "how do you find new investment ideas?" One problem with ...
  • Winland Electronics a case of hidden value laying in plain sight
    It's not often that a value fund piles into a stock with a $5m market cap.  Especially a fund with billions under management, but that's ...
  • The bears growl
    IT TAKES some guts to be a bear about the sector you cover if you are an investment strategist. Generally speaking, strategists are employed by ...
  • The cap didn't fit
    AT LEAST there are some lengths the British government won't go to in pursuit of its obsession with ...
  • The great bear market
    HAD stockmarkets fallen more than 40% from their peak, the national news bulletins and the mainstream papers would ...
  • The democratic deficit
    SO THE IMF thinks Greek debt is unsustainable. But it has not offered to take a hit on ...
  • Even more on debt and democracy
    AS THE Greek deal was being hammered out on Sunday, and the harsh details leaked out, the hashtag ...
  • Are Farmers Market Eggs Really Worth It, And Do They Taste Better?
    Is a $7 or $8 dozen of eggs from the farmers' market worth the cost? It's a complicated question that elicits a touch ...
  • How Cake Became The Favorite Mode For Debate Over LGBT Rights, Other Issues
    NEW YORK (AP) — It should be a piece of cake. Customer comes in, asks for a cake with ...
  • It Is Time for Sisi to Set Al Jazeera Journalist Mohamed Fahmy Free
    Amal Clooney Counsel for Mohamed Fahmy Mohamed Fahmy, the Canadian journalist who worked with Al Jazeera, must wait another excruciating month ...
  • What About the Stock Market?
    What's the worst thing that could happen to your stock market portfolio? The obvious answer is a bear market, one that takes the popular averages ...
  • Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton Indicted
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  • Twitter Digest: 2013-06-09
    Given that I block NSA & PRISM tweets, was entertaining tuning into twitter & trying to figure why everyone was on about Lord Snowdon -> ...
  • Twitter Digest: 2013-06-07
    Photo-set: Flooding Across Central Europe – http://t.co/8G6j8teCbd -> CDC Update: Severe Respiratory Illness Associated with Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus – http://t.co/hWqN1338VN -> Col Flagg: ...
  • Twitter Digest: 2013-06-05
    FRED: Free Energy Data – http://t.co/90H7GVDazO -> Solipsisms ‘r’ us, courtesy of my friends at @thinkup: I apparently mention me a lot – http://t.co/9rTRXvBM9D -> ...
  • Twitter Digest: 2013-06-04
    The new Google Maps is truly Windows-ishly slow loading. I find myself non-clicking map links to avoid the dot-dot wait screen. -> Looking at 1980 ...
  • Is China getting hit with THE BIG ONE?
    There has been a lot written on the Chinese stock market in the past few weeks. In case you missed it, CNN Money has a ...
  • Time to buy Canada?
    A recent BNN report indicated that the Bank of Canada is confused as to why Canadian exports aren't picking up:Bank of Canada Governor ...
  • How the USD explains and predicts stock prices
    Trend Model signal summaryTrend Model signal: NeutralTrading model: Bullish (upgrade)The Trend Model is an asset allocation model which applies trend following ...
  • Can Alexis Tsipras become the Greek Lula?
    In the wee hours of Thursday morning, Greek parliament passed a second series of measures as a condition for negotiating further aid from the rest ...
  • A warning for growth investors
    The WSJ recently published a story about how money managers were piling into growth stocks because of the scarcity of growth:[M]any fund managers ...
  • Weekend Top 100
    Here’s your weekly look at the top 100 ranked stocks inside of Exodus. This screen searches for the top ranked stocks, all with positive free cash flow. Stocks must trade an ...
  • Saturday Cinema with Le Fly: Patton
    I love biopics. This is one of the best ever, starring George C. Scott as General Patton. The opening scene of this movie is often ...
  • Weekly Scorecard
    $RUT RUSSELL 2000 - Weekly Look: Perfect bounce off the 50 period moving average, bulls need 1205 to hold in order to keep this party going. ...
  • August Will Shine
    Today sucked. Everything reversed and the market looks like shit, with exception to one sector: gold. Historically, gold crushes the month of August. I am ...
  • Saudi Announcement Met With Disdain
    I was hopeful earlier this week that when Saudi Arabia announced they intended to start reining in their above average pumping activity with the sunset ...
  • Market Recap Jul 31, 2015
    Friday was almost the exact opposite of Thursday as indexes opened well but didn't do well in the afternoon. This just continues the pattern ...
  • Market Recap Jul 30, 2015
    Indexes opened with mild losses to start the day but buyers came in late which is usually what you like to see. The ...
  • Market Recap Jul 29, 2015
    The S&P 500 and NASDAQ had upward skews as indexes continue to work off short term oversold conditions. The S&P 500 gained 0.73% and ...
  • Market Recap Jul 28, 2015
    With the indexes short term oversold and sitting at key support levels it made some sense that we saw a bounce today - the question ...
  • Market Recap Jul 27, 2015
    A plunge in Chinese stocks led to a gap down open in the U.S. indexes at the open and while selling didn't accelerate, no buyers ...
  • behind the curtain
    An ongoing rift between an asset manager and a research firm prompts some questions about the degree of transparency and understanding needed to make investment ...
  • the flow of ideas
    What organizational structures foster good performance? A research paper takes an interesting look at how portfolio positions migrate within mutual fund families.
  • finding the gaps
    On the seventh anniversary of this blog, a look at a foundational theme in the analysis of investment organizations.
  • picking winners
    The business of investment consulting has remained relatively unexamined given its importance to institutional asset owners. An analysis from an unlikely source might help ...
  • look in the fridge
    An online comment results in some further thoughts about the due diligence process. The quality of such an investigation depends on searching in unexpected ...
  • China Crash -> U.S. Crash?! and Great Book
    A lot of people are talking about how bad China is.  It's worse than the U.S. 2007, it's worse than Greece, it's worse than this ...
  • Brookfield Asset Management (BAM)
    This name has been mentioned on this blog a few times in the comments section, but I never wrote about it.  It is well known ...
  • Quick Update on SuperPortfolios
    In my previous post, I put a link to stock screens of Superinvestor stock holdings.  Initially, I just sloppily cut and paste out of a ...
  • In Search of Value
    So we have seen how the stock market is not really as bubbled up as it seems looking at it from 30,000 feet.  What are ...
  • In Search of a Stock Market Bubble
    So, (the sentence starts with "so" because this is a sort of ongoing discussion that's been going on here for years) I've been thinking about ...
  • Links for 08-02-15
    Inflation Paranoia as a Tribal Marker - Paul Krugman Recovery without Military Keynesianism - Econbrowser On the Great Financial Panic of 2007 - No Hesitations ...
  • 'Lehman Brothers Once Again...'
    Brad DeLong: Lehman Brothers Once Again…: Ah. The debate continues: David Zaring: Did The Fed Fail To Save Lehman Brothers Because It Legally Couldn’t?: “The ...
  • Privatization
    Chris Dillow on the privatization of government services: Creating markets: ... My point here is a simple one. Whether effective markets and private ownership can ...
  • 'Microfoundations 2.0?'
    Daniel Little: Microfoundations 2.0?: The idea that hypotheses about social structures and forces require microfoundations has been around for at least 40 years. Maarten Janssen’s ...
  • Links for 08-01-15
    Wall Street Now Hates Democrats - Paul Krugman The Myth of Mobility - Washington Monthly Surveys in Crisis - Carola Binder The Secret to a ...
  • What Makes an Advisor Blog Great?
    In addition to my regular column, the July issue of Research magazine includes an article about advisor blogs. It features many of the terrific advisor ...
  • What Transparency Should Look Like
    The online version of my July column for Research magazine is now available. I hope you will read it and the entire issue as well. Here’s a ...
  • Quote Unquote
    “The return of events – a replay of the patterns of the past seventy-five years of capital market history – will happen only for the ...
  • Math is Different
    Recently I wrote a piece on financial services lies here at Above the Market. Lie #10 was “I don’t need help.” Here’s what I wrote about ...
  • Pants on Fire: 10 Big Lies in the Financial Services Industry
    We all lie, especially to and about ourselves. Sometimes the lies are overt. Sometimes they are unintentional. Sometimes they are sales puffery. And sometimes they are ...
  • Weekly Market Summary
    Summary: There are several breadth and sentiment indicators that suggest the indices have reached, or are at near, a one month low. But more importantly, ...
  • The Current Set Up in Gold
    Summary: There's a tradable set up in gold. Sentiment, seasonality and the price pattern (especially the 2% intraday reversal on Friday) are all favorable. Importantly, ...
  • Weekly Market Summary
    Summary: What looked like the promising start of a new uptrend reversed hard this week. There's a plausible scenario for SPX to fall under 1980 ...
  • Fund Managers' Current Asset Allocation - July
    Summary: Overall, fund managers' asset allocations in July provide a confused view.On the one hand, fund managers raised cash to a 6 1/2 ...
  • July Macro Update: The Majority of Macro Data Trends Positive
    Summary: This post reviews the main economic data from the past month.  Highlights:Employment: The average monthly gain in employment during the past year was 245,000, the highest ...
  • Looking At Newly Owned Activist Stocks
    Welcoming a guest-type post. Here’s a look at what we’re doing with Activist Strategy. Don't forget - sign up for our free daily ...
  • Delivering Alpha Recap
    Here’s the things that stood out most to us from the Delivering Alpha conference. Bill Ackman and Nelson Peltz have a sit down. Peltz has two positions that ...
  • An Ode To Kirk Kerkorian
    This started as a quick post on the impact Kirk Kerkorian has had on how I view activist investing, but has quickly turned into a ...
  • Twitter As An Activist Investor Target
    Nothing better to do on a Monday than to mull over Twitter as an activist target. Twitter has been battling Wall Street over monetization since ...
  • This Week In Activism Vol. 19
    The weekly email has turned more into a bi-weekly piece. We’ve been busy, so excuse the delay. This Week In Activism Vol. 19News—Maguire Asset upped ...
  • What Makes an Advisor Blog Great?
    In addition to my regular column, the July issue of Research magazine includes an article about advisor blogs. It features many of the terrific advisor ...
  • What Transparency Should Look Like
    The online version of my July column for Research magazine is now available. I hope you will read it and the entire issue as well. Here’s a ...
  • Quote Unquote
    “The return of events – a replay of the patterns of the past seventy-five years of capital market history – will happen only for the ...
  • Math is Different
    Recently I wrote a piece on financial services lies here at Above the Market. Lie #10 was “I don’t need help.” Here’s what I wrote about ...
  • Pants on Fire: 10 Big Lies in the Financial Services Industry
    We all lie, especially to and about ourselves. Sometimes the lies are overt. Sometimes they are unintentional. Sometimes they are sales puffery. And sometimes they are ...
  • August 2, 2015
    The major indexes tried to make it four days up in a row on Friday, but the rally reversed into the red on higher volume, ...
  • July 29, 2015
    The Fed issued its usual policy announcement today, keeping rates near 0% while citing an “improving” jobs market but still representative of an economy that ...
  • July 26, 2015
    Things have slid a little bit out of control over the past couple of days as the narrow market rally finally got squeezed into a ...
  • July 22, 2015
    The market has become a messy, erratic affair that is in turn exacerbated by the progression of “earnings roulette” season as individual stocks gap this ...
  • July 19, 2015
    This market specializes in hitting us with what are at times the least expected outcomes, and with this in mind I have to say that ...
  • Any change at all?
    So Fed day is here, but Macro Man isn't entirely convinced that we're going to get a tip of the hand either way from Yellen ...
  • Spot the difference!
    Here are mostly underwater Chinese equity longs crowding through a tiny exit:
  • A brief history lesson
    Macro Man has been thinking a bit more about commodities recently, and before addressing the upcoming Fed meeting in another post later this week, he ...
  • Gold, Jerry, gold!
    Is it just Macro Man, or do some of the smug musings of "just buy the dip, equities are going up forever" adherents sound a ...
  • The only loony chart was the...err....loonie
    Hurray, the Greek vote passed, the bailout is on!  OK, now how long til the next debt restructuring/writedown/foregiveness/default?  Even the IMF acknowledges that Greece remains ...
  • Reddit plans to ‘quarantine’ toxic communities, boost transparency
    Reddit will soon start treating some of its more controversial communities differently than others, according to newly minted Reddit CEO and co-founder Steve Huffman. Huffman ...
  • Interview with Stephen Wolfram on AI and the future
    Few people in the tech world can truly be said to “need no introduction.” Stephen Wolfram is certainly one of them. But while he may not ...
  • Turning the lights back on
    When Gigaom was purchased after shutting down in March, the new owner, Knowingly founder Byron Reese, did so with the intention of restoring the tech ...
  • Gigaom.com Acquired by Knowingly Corp
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: MAY 22, 2015 Press Contact: Alessandra Wike alessandra@prbythebook.com Knowingly Corp, an Austin-based Internet startup, announced today that it has acquired a portion ...
  • About Gigaom
    *** UPDATE AS OF MAY 26 *** The information below is no longer current. See this post for a current update. A brief note on ...
  • Fireside Markets Episode 09: Quantitative Value with Wesley Gray
    In this episode of Fireside Markets, host James Osborne has an extended conversation with Dr. Wesley Gray, Executive Managing Member of Alpha Architect.  The discussion centers ...
  • Medicine, Finance, Paternalism and Duty of Care
    Recently on his excellent podcast EconTalk, host Russ Roberts had a conversation with Eric Topol, author of The Patient Will See You Now. They spent the episode discussing ...
  • Products of our environment
    There is a huge spread of opinion among financial professionals for topics of all stripes.  Pick your poison: Actively managed portfolios or index funds? Insurance as ...
  • 2Q 2015 In Review
    Market Overview Suffice to say it was not an overwhelmingly exciting quarter in the markets, at least until the last week of June. Global stocks ...
  • Interview with RIABiz
    I had a lot of fun and was pretty honest about building this firm and my thoughts on the industry in this interview with RIABiz. ...
  • Company Notes Digest 7.24.15
    Each week we read dozens of transcripts from earnings calls and presentations as part of our investment process. Below is a weekly post which contains ...
  • Company Notes Digest 7.16.15
    Each week I read dozens of transcripts from earnings calls and presentations as part of my investment process. Below is a weekly post which contains ...
  • Company Notes Digest 7.10.15
    Each week I read dozens of transcripts from earnings calls and presentations as part of my investment process. Below is a weekly post which contains ...
  • Company Notes Digest 7.2.15
    Each week I read dozens of transcripts from earnings calls and presentations as part of my investment process. Below is a weekly post which contains ...
  • Company Notes Digest 6.26.15
    Each week I read dozens of transcripts from earnings calls and presentations as part of my investment process. Below is a weekly post which contains ...
  • Berkshire Hathaway
    My taste in financial advice runs toward the simple and the lessons I’ve learned the hard way. But I still like reading about investing/finance, and ...
  • My next project: AutoSEO
    This was an April Fool’s joke. I’ve been working really hard with some friends on a project to handle SEO automatically. Now we’re ready to ...
  • Next 30 day challenge: social media/news cleanse
    For January 2015, I tried to declutter around the house for 15 minutes a day. We now have a couple rooms that are much cleaner, ...
  • Fixing “full path disclosure” issues
    Whether you’re running a web service or a blog, you should always keep your software fully patched to prevent attacks and minimize your attack surface. ...
  • Lessons learned from the early days of Google
    Earlier this month I did a talk at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill about lessons learned from the early days of Google. ...
  • Saudi, not Iran, is driving down oil prices
    Oil has had a torrid month, with WTI falling 18% as an Iranian nuclear deal, although it remains 20% off its low for the year. ...
  • Iran Deal Done
      While slightly later than expected, a comprehensive deal on Iran’s nuclear weapons program has now been reached. We think this is a good deal ...
  • A few points on Russian oils and the energy feedback loop
    The rouble oil price has not really dropped too much, and is more or less at 2011-13 levels.   Source:Bloomberg & Ecstrat Lifting costs have ...
  • An “Emperor’s new clothes” for China and EM?
    Concerns over Greece’s future in the Eurozone have dominated financial markets throughout much of June, but the fate of the Chinese equity market is likely ...
  • Ecstrat Turkey Equity Focus
    We present the first Ecstrat country equity focus report, which combines our expertise in governance, political economy and financial analysis to examine the prospect for ...
  • Diamonds The Wildcard
    Yes a lot of email have come in about the collapse in diamond prices which is correlating with gold very closely without bank manipulations. This ...
  • Shanghai Share Market
    The Shanghai share market made an outside reversal to the downside in June, signaling that the rally was over for now. The Monthly Bullish Reversal ...
  • Gold: The Pending Question
    Gold Room Fort Knox QUESTION: Martin, With your recent comments on gold; you seem to be implicitly suggesting people to sell their gold, since there is ...
  • What About Diamonds?
    The diamond market has never been close to the insane levels reached during the investment boom, which peaked in 1980. Diamonds entered a 37-year bear ...
  • Market Talk – July 27, 2015
    Asia saw a dramatic 8.5% collapse today, and London began their session today looking at Asia. European futures were all obviously lower and did not look ...
  • A Bear Perspective
    I found this chart a nice visual display of important information. As a data scientist I am intrigued to see how the world of data ...
  • Bear Out of Hibernation
    Could it be that the bear has finally poked his head out from hibernation? I have just found myself scrolling through some charts of major ...
  • Rich Peoples Problems
    I was speaking to one of my investors today and something was said that triggered a memory of something I recall learning from King Solomon ...
  • Shiller PE Timing Model Update
    It has been some time since I updated my Shiller PE timing model. I am pleased to say that the model was able to participate ...
  • A New Home
    I am really excited tomorrow I start working out of a new fintech hub in the Sydney CBD. The Australian government and business community is ...
  • Daily Note – Fed fears
    Summary Corporate finance views US rate rises – someone has to be wrong! United States: Retail Sales hit by weather China: Economy being pumped with ...
  • Daily Note – The Return of Politics
    Summary Geo-political risk: It hasn’t gone away United States: Consumer confidence slows modestly Explosion in M&A deals tells its own story The week ahead: Important ...
  • Daily Note – France in big trouble
    Summary France: A picture tells a thousand words Eurozone:Euro economists’ consensus offers opportunity Eurozone: Gotta love Greece China: Premier Li has his eye on the ...
  • Daily Note – Jittery markets result in trading opportunities
    Summary Jittery Markets: We are trading away in this volatility United Kingdom: The UK is flying, rates to move sooner not later. Russia: Not cheap ...
  • Daily Note – Fake boobs, real money
    Summary Tech: The comeback of Larry Page Botox: Beauty is in the eye of the shareholder Ukraine: serious escalation in past 24 hours Turkey: Posh ...
  • July 1, 2015
    Dear friends, We really hope you enjoy the extra start-of-summer profundity that we’ve larded (excuse the expression) into this issue. We took advantage of the ...
  • Manager changes, June 2015
    Because bond fund managers, traditionally, had made relatively modest impacts of their funds’ absolute returns, Manager Changes typically highlights changes in equity and hybrid funds. ...
  • July 2015, Funds in Registration
    First Western Short Duration High Yield Credit Fund  First Western Short Duration High Yield Credit Fund will seek a high level of current income and capital ...
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