Markets within Markets: Three Charts that Put Stock Divergences in Perspective

Markets within Markets: Three Charts that Put Stock Divergences in Perspective

Rarely can entire markets be characterized by a broad, sweeping statement. Instead, we often find there are “markets within markets” – pockets of the stock universe that are behaving quite differently than the broader group. Often, these pockets are the areas that offer the most opportunity for...

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Defining Defensive: Low Beta, or Counter-Cyclical?

Defining Defensive: Low Beta, or Counter-Cyclical?

With U.S. equities closing in on records again, and with stocks in bull market territory for the better part of the last 13 years, many investors may wonder how “defensive” their equity portfolio is. It’s not an easy question, as there is more than one way to define it.

Our own definition of...

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Behind the Trade: From Idea Generation to Stock Sale at Prospector

Behind the Trade: From Idea Generation to Stock Sale at Prospector

It’s not easy for a stock to make it into a Prospector portfolio. In short, making it into a Prospector portfolio is a long, rigorous process … as it should be for any active manager. While no stock arrives at this destination through the exact same course, we strove to give interested prospects...

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Perspective on Stagflation Potential

Perspective on Stagflation Potential

Cases of whiplash must have spiked lately. In a few short months, market commentators have abruptly transitioned from: “inflation is transitory” to “inflation might be more persistent” and now “prepare for stagflation!”

So what’s behind the change in sentiment?

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Charts of the Month: Perspective on the Large Cap Rotation

Charts of the Month: Perspective on the Large Cap Rotation

Small cap stocks enjoyed a brief leadership position over large caps as the U.S. emerged from the recession, but the rotation has been short lived. Large caps have come into favor again, resuming a run of dominance that was in place before the pandemic.

A couple of charts below show how unusual...

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Does the Bank M&A Wave Still Have Legs?

Does the Bank M&A Wave Still Have Legs?

Banks are on pace for their biggest year of M&A activity, in terms of dollar volume since the financial crisis, confirming one of our investment theses for the industry. And we expect the spate of deals to continue, as several factors drive consolidation among small- and mid-sized banks.

As the...

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Investment Lessons from China Evergrande’s Troubles

Investment Lessons from China Evergrande’s Troubles

Real estate developer China Evergrande has been a source of volatility in recent weeks, as the market gauges the economic fallout if the company defaults on its debt and the government doesn’t step in to help the struggling firm.

Like any investor, we hope the company’s problems are not a source...

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Last Week’s Volatility Raises Questions About Downside Capture

Last Week’s Volatility Raises Questions About Downside Capture

Stocks recovered quickly from initial fears about COVD-19 and have continued to climb higher for the better part of the last year and a half. But volatile moments such as last week, when the S&P 500 registered its largest intra-day decline since January, serve as a reminder that a strategy’s...

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Tell-tale Signs Management Interests Are Aligned with Shareholders

Tell-tale Signs Management Interests Are Aligned with Shareholders

It’s hard to have conviction in a company’s direction without thorough knowledge of the people steering the ship. As such, we place a high priority on getting to know management teams before we invest with companies.

While much of what we learn from key executives comes from the hundreds of...

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Are Interest Rates Artificially Low? Insight on Fed Asset Purchases

Are Interest Rates Artificially Low? Insight on Fed Asset Purchases

Despite a rapid economic recovery, interest rates have stayed persistently low, and a market consensus has emerged that they will stay that way. But investors may be overlooking the outsized impact Fed asset purchases have had on rates, and what that could mean for the future.

As the chart...

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