October 23, 2018

Trouble In Arkansas


During every credit cycle, there is one national lender that all other lenders try to emulate. This is because a combination of rapid asset growth and elevated net interest margins leads to rapid earnings growth and share price appreciation. Unfortunately, in order to do that, you have to make a lot of risky loans and pretend they’re totally safe. Remember Countrywide Financial? They were ... Read More
Categories: Investments
Positions Mentioned: OZK, JOE
October 11, 2018

One Ring To Rule Them All…


Last week, US interest rates completed a multi-year reversal pattern and broke out over a three-decade downtrend line. I believe that interest rates move in generational cycles and the chart pattern has now confirmed a long-term trend towards higher interest rates. This trend is across the entire US duration curve and appears to have been followed by similar moves in many other global benchmarks. ... Read More
Categories: Investments
Positions Mentioned: Aimia, Viemed, Tesla, Tidewater
October 3, 2018

It’s Tidewater Time!!


Back in January, I wrote about Tidewater (TDW – USA) which will be the largest global player in offshore service vessels (OSVs) once it completes its merger with Gulfmark Offshore (GLF – USA). At the time, the offshore oil sector was despised by equity investors who assumed that it would never come back. As I noted in an update in July, shale isn’t the ... Read More
Categories: Investments
Positions Mentioned: TDW ESV NE
September 14, 2018

Terlingua


Last Tuesday, I was in Southwest Texas, at the Terlingua ghost town; created by a mercury mining boom in the early 1900’s. On the wall of the only remaining store in town, I saw this sign and had a good chuckle. Despite a century of human progress, nothing much has changed in how promoters entice suckers into their financial schemes. “Buy now, before some ... Read More
Categories: Comments On Events
Positions Mentioned:
September 10, 2018

Iron Bridge Update


Just over three months ago, I wrote about Iron Bridge Resources (IBR – Canada) and noted that with a hostile bid in place at 75 cents, you could buy it at 74 cents and have a situation with minimal downside and quite a lot of upside—especially as my good friend, Josh Young, was calling the shots. My theory was that either; another buyer would ... Read More
Categories: Investments
Positions Mentioned: IBR CN
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