An Abundance of Speculation: 2021’s Rise of Risk Assets

An Abundance of Speculation: 2021’s Rise of Risk Assets

Last week* we reflected on the trillions of dollars of government stimulus and monetary support that has left the United States awash in cash.

The result of all of this has undoubtedly aided the rise in risk assets during the first few months of 2021, and has led to some speculative market...

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Reflecting on an eventful start to 2021 and thinking about what may be around the bend.

Reflections on Value’s Outperformance and Our Outlook Going Forward

After the new $1.9 trillion stimulus package was passed along party lines early in the year, the multi-trillions of dollars of government stimulus and additional trillions of monetary support by the Fed left the United States awash in cash. As can be seen in the chart below, the U.S. money...

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Upside Participation, Downside Risk Mitigation

Upside Participation, Downside Risk Mitigation

The volatility of 2020 is still fresh in people’s minds.

On March 12th, 2020, the S&P 500 had it largest single-day percentage drop since the 1987 stock market crash, falling 9.5% in a single trading session.

This infamous record was short lived, as four days later on March 16th, the S&P 500...

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Industry Spotlight: Property-Casualty Insurance for Commercial Lines

Industry Spotlight: Property-Casualty Insurance for Commercial Lines

Businesses purchase insurance for vehicles, property, liability, and employees, among others. Workers’ compensation insurance is mandated by law, but most other coverages are purchased regardless. Actuarial data on historical loss trends is prevalent, but less reliable for extrapolation, for...

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Value Stocks as a Fixed Income Replacement

Value Stocks as a Fixed Income Replacement

The yield component of value stocks can play a valuable role in client portfolios given the lack of yield currently available from traditional fixed income asset classes as well as the interest rate (duration) risk associated with those types of securities.

The yield component is also an...

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Potential Market Implications of the “Blue Ripple”

Potential Market Implications of the “Blue Ripple”

The following blog is an excerpt from our Q4 client letter that was written in late January 2021. We believe the information around industrial production, inflation and bond yields remains as relevant as ever and we hope you find this piece helpful.

Growth stocks dominated over their value...

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Do People Really Understand What’s in an Index?

Do People Really Understand What’s in an Index?

Have you ever been researching a stock and noticed that it has no P/E ratio? This is usually because the company is unprofitable and thus has no earnings to use as the denominator within the ratio. Current examples of well-known companies with no earnings include Snap (maker of Snapchat), Uber,...

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This week we look at a very attractive capital-light business model: insurance distribution.

Industry Spotlight: Insurance Distribution

Insurance is generally sold “direct” by insurance companies’ paid employees or sold via agents/brokers also known as third party distributors. The economics of an agent/broker are very attractive. They charge a commission/fee for their services (typically a percentage of the premiums) and do not...

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The Path to Value Investing with Prospector Partners PM Steve Labbe

[PODCAST] The Path to Value Investing with PM Steve Labbe

After graduating with a degree in mathematics and pursuing a job as a teacher, Steve Labbe could have never predicted he would spend the next 16 years working for a sell-side research firm and eventually become a portfolio manager at Prospector Partners.

Like many people, his non-traditional...

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Exploring similarities between the dot-com bubble and the recently rally in Reddit meme stocks and cryptocurrencies.

Reddit Traders and Things That Remind Us of the Dot-Com Bubble

If you were working in the investment industry during the late 1990s, what were some of the most excessive, unreasonable market events you remember? Here are some that may jog your memory:

  • Mark Cuban’s Broadcast.com (known as AudioNet prior to the name change), which primarily streamed...
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