by Robert Holman | www.DefensiveAdvisor.com
STOCK MARKET RATING … 5.0 (0-4 bearish, 5 neutral, 6-10 bullish). No change. Recently the market has been moving up on optimistic inflation and interest rates assumptions.
We had a much needed and overdue pullback last week (we were up too far too fast). The trend to investing in AI – Artificial Intelligence systems – was (and still is) way ahead of itself. It’s hard to imagine that the market would take off before ANY negative effects from an intentionally caused Fed recession have been reported by American companies in their financial results. SO FAR, the only reported negative effects are from interest rate hikes, not an economic recession (national sales decline). BUT, how bad will the US sales decline be? Sales declines lead to earnings declines, and earning declines lead to stock price declines.
Thoughtful material for all investors … Bob Pisani on CNBCs Squawk on the Street discussing an interview of Seth Klarman by Becky Quick earlier today – he is universally respected, a famous stock picker, one of the most famous in history, in the interview with Beck he said “investment managers have to run harder to stay in place these days, we have more competitors, smarter competitors, and more information at everybody's fingertips”. That’s the vortex of index investing - most investors have no informational advantages anymore - but there are opportunities for those who want to work hard enough. It's very difficult to provide alpha to clients these days (alpha = positive return above the market return).
Klarman suggested there may be opportunities coming up in real estate.
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Excelsior Divitiae. Learn from the Bible: Deuteronomy 10:14 and Psalm 24:1 (taken together), Genesis 12:2-3, Proverbs 15:22, 21:5, 22:3 and 27:12, Ecclesiastes 8:7, Joshua 1:9, Proverbs 3:5-6, Ephesians 1:17, Jeremiah 29:11, 1Chronicles 29:11-13, and 1 Chronicles 12:32. I recommend you read them in this order.
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