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Markets up 4 consecutive days. We've seen markets decline deeply, interest rates rise, trajectory of higher rates, job loss numbers are not significant. So inflation and interest rates will continue moving higher. The market is effectively buying the dip, and that's a bit of a mistake. Institutional investors and pros are paring back risk, while the retail investor is gaining risk. It's a disconnect that we're going to need to watch.
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Where to deploy cash? For example, one European name was down 30%, and with the currency discount, it was effectively 40% on sale. It's the type of name that if you don't buy it when it's on sale, you regret it. With high 30% return on equity, that's the kind of opportunity he's interested in. To say that tech's down 30% and just buy in is a dangerous trade. You need to look at the underlying story and see the reason to buy a stock. In Europe, the discounts are significant. In the US, you're starting to see a recovery trade. Look at things market by market to see whether or not you should be deploying capital.
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What if you're 20-25 years away from retirement? From a risk management point of view, you still always need to keep a cash buffer. Put capital into opportunities that are going to create value over time. Proven business models. Ignore the higher risk, higher valuation names. Interesting places to be might be staples or higher ROE stories that the market hasn't liked for the last few years. Just be cautious how much capital you push into the markets because if they continue to deteriorate, you'll have spent all your bullets, and you're going to have to sell at a discount if we see further macro pressure. And macro pressure is still building. Oil's high, inflation's running, interest rates are going up. That's not messaging that tells investors to add all their capital to the markets right now.
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Small vaccine company, niche-oriented. Covid beneficiary. The issue is that it relies on a number of smaller opportunities. He prefers bigger companies with more diversification. Better opportunities in the space.
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A trade or a long-term opportunity? Best of breed investment bank. Good risk management. You're going to see rising credit delinquencies for the banks. More downside for the banks, especially US ones. Definitely one to look at in the new year.
investment companies / funds
BUY
Best of breed, diversified businesses. Effectively a tax on Fortune 2000 companies. A go-to for cutting costs. Down 20% and, yes, could go down another 10%, but he'd buy at these levels.
other services
BUY
Growth by acquisition. Did well in the era of cheap capital. With rising rates, acquisitions are more expensive. CEO has a good track record. Not a dog, it's just had a valuation correction. Good business model for safe and steady growth over time.
computer software / processing