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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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April 9, 2020

Balance Sheet Evolution…


Last week, we got news that Carnival (CCL – USA) became the first of many large corporations to aggressively dilute shareholders after a decade of reckless financial engineering. Before discussing this malfeasance of capital structure management, let’s rewind three decades. Excluding brief periods of exuberance at the end of the 1920s and 1960s most public companies historically were staid organizations—they grew a few percent ... Read More
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March 8, 2020

Hospitality Goes No Bid…


I recently wrote about the WuFlu that was coming to a neighborhood near you. It was meant as a warning that you should look through your book and see if you owned companies that were exposed to the virus. I bring this up because two weeks later, many companies in the hospitality sector have simply collapsed. My hunch is that it gets worse—much worse. ... Read More
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February 24, 2020

Extreme Complacency…


A few years back, I read an incredible white paper regarding investor complacency in the final weeks leading up to the First World War. Archduke Ferdinand was assassinated, global powers were trading demands, with the threat of war and investors didn’t care. As the crisis heated up and the armies began to mobilize, investors still were in a fantasy world. Back then, bonds were ... Read More
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February 18, 2020

Is PE Having Its WeWork Moment…???


For the better part of a decade, institutional investors have redeemed capital from active strategies and dumped it into Private Equity (PE). What’s the benefit of PE for allocators? You get to have levered equity returns without the volatility of actually owning public equities. Unlike stocks that often fluctuate wildly, PE is marked-to-model (M-T-M), hence quarterly volatility is minimal. Then, when there’s a liquidity ... Read More
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February 6, 2020

Giga-Stupidity Has No Limits…


Don’t worry, this isn’t another detailed article on Tesla (TSLAQ – USA). I’ve permanently sworn those off. As far as I’m concerned, there are two camps of investors; those who think it’s a fraud and those who aren’t very good at math. However, that doesn’t mean that Tesla cannot be a good long or short at the right moments in time—yeah, I know, hypocrisy; ... Read More
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January 9, 2020

The Only Constant Is Change…


Quick housekeeping note: I’ll be in Orlando for ICR from January 12 to 15. If you’re attending and would like to chat stocks, please email me at kuppy@adventuresincapitalism.com Last week, I was in Coimbra, Portugal. For a bit over a century starting in 1131, Coimbra was the capital of Portugal. Looking at a map, it should be obvious why this was. Coimbra is situated ... Read More
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December 4, 2019

Inflation Is Coming…


Investing is all about probabilities. If the perceived odds of an event are high, certain securities will be priced based on those expected probabilities. The corollary is that when an event is perceived as almost impossible, securities do not price in any chance of it occurring. If that event does occur, all sorts of securities need to re-price—often quite rapidly. I like to spend ... Read More
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November 29, 2019

ESG = Excessive Share-price Growth


Two months ago, something rather monumental happened, which seems to have been lost to the news-cycle. In a world starved for yield, a company with trailing twelve month free cash flow of $527 million (cash flow from operations – maintenance cap-ex) and net debt of only $593 million could not re-finance debt due in 2022. Sure, the company’s end-markets are currently a little soft ... Read More
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Positions Mentioned: BTU
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