Month: October 2020

FinTech Companies and Their Website Traffic<span class="badge-status" style="background:red">Premium</span> 

FinTech Companies and Their Website TrafficPremium 

The world's most popular Websites are: 1.) Google.com; 2.) YouTube.com; 3.) Facebook.com and 4.) Amazon.com. We also took a snapshot of Website traffic for eight leading FinTech companies. We found this data interesting, but be careful about reading too much into it. Many of these companies operate multiple Android and iOS apps which are the … Continue reading FinTech Companies and Their Website TrafficPremium 

New IBM CEO Arvind Krishna Understands the Value of Spin-Offs

New IBM CEO Arvind Krishna Understands the Value of Spin-Offs

IBM plans to spin off the Managed Infrastructure Services business within its Global Tech Services ("GTS") segment (approximately $19B TTM revenue through June 2020). Doing so will provide more air time to the acquired RedHat OpenShift (IBM's "Hybrid Cloud" strategy) and cognitive computing businesses. Post-spin, the growth in these businesses will make a greater revenue … Continue reading New IBM CEO Arvind Krishna Understands the Value of Spin-Offs

Poor Executive Management Must Be Held Accountable

Poor Executive Management Must Be Held Accountable

The airlines knowingly placed themselves between a rock and a hard place when they decided to gorge on cheap debt for the purpose of funding share buyback plans designed to boost executive compensation. The lack of financial wiggle room is of their own doing. It's time for the airlines to restructure, to shrink capacity to … Continue reading Poor Executive Management Must Be Held Accountable

Institutional Investors Forgot They Have A Voice. PLUS – Big Tech Regulation.

Institutional Investors Forgot They Have A Voice. PLUS – Big Tech Regulation.

It is amazing what institutional investors - especially large holders - put up with. Do Portfolio Managers communicate with CEOs any longer? PMs used to speak with management teams to provide feedback around capital allocation decisions, financial disclosures and more. My sense is that less of this interaction occurs today. Below we cover a few … Continue reading Institutional Investors Forgot They Have A Voice. PLUS – Big Tech Regulation.

A Nation in Decline: Total Federal Debt Is 136% of GDP

A Nation in Decline: Total Federal Debt Is 136% of GDP

U.S. policymakers have increasingly utilized debt to fund various spending initiatives without a thought as to the consequences (reminiscent of the last days of the Roman Empire). U.S. reserve currency status and endless monetary expansion have supported this debt addiction. At this rate U.S. reserve currency status is in jeopardy. The chart below depicts total … Continue reading A Nation in Decline: Total Federal Debt Is 136% of GDP

Narcissist CEOs Drive Risky Corporate Behavior

Narcissist CEOs Drive Risky Corporate Behavior

CEOs that allow themselves to be ruled by ego and emotion, that need to see their name in news headlines ("Narcissist" CEOs as defined by Stanford Professor Charles O'Reilly), are more likely to take significant risks - including impulsive M&A transactions - at the expense of a thoughtful, long-term operating strategy. Stanford's O'Reilly has done … Continue reading Narcissist CEOs Drive Risky Corporate Behavior

Consolidation Will Not Save Asset Managers

Consolidation Will Not Save Asset Managers

Mass Mutual and Athene made a bid for American Equity Investment Life. Activist Trian took stakes in Invesco and Janus in an effort to build one of the largest Asset Managers. M&A is a quick way to scale AUM, but it does not change the paradigm for legacy Asset Managers. Legacy Asset Managers (and depository … Continue reading Consolidation Will Not Save Asset Managers

Three High Quality CEOs

Three High Quality CEOs

We recently called out several CEOs for putting forth less than optimal efforts. Conversely, here are several long-time, high quality CEOs - two of them founders - of market-leading companies. Tickers mentioned: Clarivate Analytics (tkr: CCC), CoStar Group (tkr: CSGP), SS&C Technologies (tkr: SSNC) Here are three quality CEOs where investors won't have to worry … Continue reading Three High Quality CEOs