May 24, 2020

Post-COVID Capitalism…

I have now run a few companies. Over time, I have experienced a repeated epiphany; which is that you never realize which employees are useless until they go on a vacation and nothing bad happens. Now, this isn’t a dig at good employees; good ones find ways to delegate their responsibilities and still check their emails—great ones work harder while on vacation. However, the ... Read More
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May 19, 2020

No One Knows What Comes Next…

I’m writing this to you as a Miami Beach refugee hiding out on the Florida Panhandle, where they actually let you set foot on the beach; masks are optional and restaurants are open. It’s like I’ve gone back in time to February. Besides, you wouldn’t believe the deal I got on a beach-house during COVID. I also know that I needed to escape my ... Read More
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Positions Mentioned: Gold
May 7, 2020

Takin’ My Foot Off The Gas…

When I add a position, my first question is always the same; is there a way to hedge this? To most people, a hedge means buying puts or shorting an index, both of which have carrying costs and a certain drag on performance. Furthermore, you often learn that it didn’t quite hedge things the way you thought it would. I have lost track of ... Read More
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April 21, 2020

It’s Getting Strange Out There…

I’m one of those guys who’s always believed that certain truths are sacrosanct. Interest rates would always stay positive, commodities would always be worth something and the US government would pretend to care about the deficit. Over the past few years, I feel like the hedgie who’s learned that the Easter Bunny doesn’t really exist. Honestly, a lot of what I accepted as being ... Read More
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April 20, 2020

Investing In The Age Of COVID…

Four weeks ago, the stock market was in free-fall and I made the point that “if you aren’t buying stock down here, you’re simply doing it all wrong.” I fortuitously published it on the day that the market bottomed. Looking back at my call to “buy stuff,” the Fed did exactly what I expected by unleashing an alphabet-soup of acronym programs—forcing people to buy ... Read More
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