I've yet to be convinced of the value proposition of incorporating ESG into the investment decision-making process. What are the definitions of the "Environmental" and "Social" elements of ESG and how are each directly correlated to alpha generation? You are preaching to the choir as it relates to "Corporate Governance" - the "G" in ESG. … Continue reading “G” Is Where The Value Is In ESG
Month: May 2021
GOOG shares are up 40% YTD. The anti-trust overhang that we were concerned about for Google entering 2021 may not be much of an issue as it appears western Europe simply wants to levy a fine rather than make on the ground changes to the AI leader. A video summary of Google I/O is below. … Continue reading Google Is Having A Heck of A Year
Since last year we have held the view that the retail investor has piled into the riskiest assets whether they be cryptocurrencies or profitless, high-multiple Technology stocks. This retail phenomenon was powered in large part by Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation benefits (part of the CARES Act), which drew a new investor class into the market. … Continue reading What Will Happen to Crypto & Risk Assets When COVID Unemployment Benefits Expire?
Based on the inbound traffic to our CEORater and TEK2day properties our best guess is that M&A due diligence is taking place for a deal between some combination of Fiserv (FISV), FIS Global (FIS) and Global Payments (GPN). The last time we saw this type of activity on our platform was in the several months … Continue reading Deals Brewing Based On CEORater and TEK2day Traffic?
The best management teams know to plan for the worst and hope for the best. COVID was a reminder to many business leaders that anything can come out of left field and blind side a business. Despite the COVID lesson we believe that many CEOs and CFOs take certain financial conditions for granted as if … Continue reading Plan for the Worst. Hope for the Best.
Technology companies such as Stripe, FactSet and thousands of others make certain of their offerings available via APIs. Stripe was founded as an "API" company, simplifying the back-end infrastructure of the payments industry. If your company is new to making various data elements and tools available to customers and partners via APIs, understanding the Market … Continue reading When New To APIs, Which Data Services To Expose First?
A U.S. CBDC Means Less Privacy for Americans, More Competition for Banks, End of Days for Crypto. (Tickers mentioned: JPM, BAC, WFC) On Thursday Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell made a statement about the Fed's progress in exploring a U.S. CBDC ("Central Bank Digital Currency", see the below video). Powell assured viewers that a U.S. … Continue reading A Digital Dollar Is Coming
We've written on several occasions about how the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation program was making it difficult for businesses to fill jobs and how this was contributing to wage and price inflation. To date, 22 states have opted-out of the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation program established via the CARES Act. Access the interactive PDF below … Continue reading 22 States Have Opted-Out of Federal Pandemic Unemployment Aid
Make no mistake, Biden's $2.3 Trillion "infrastructure" spending program and $1.8 Trillion "American Families" spending program will pass Congress. That's bad news for Americans and small business and good news for Amazon (AMZN) and Walmart (WMT). **Purchase our Amazon Kindle book "Stagflation Is Imminent": HERE First: we would not be having this conversation if the Federal … Continue reading A Tale of Two Cities
Too few CEOs fully leverage the power of variable compensation to drive desired employee behavior and outcomes Last week we discussed the AI CEO vs. the Cyborg CEO. Assuming we could build a CEO with perfect intelligence there remains the question of how that CEO should communicate with his/her direct reports and employee base so … Continue reading Link Variable Compensation To Desired Outcomes