Category: Asset Management

The Return of Actively-Managed Funds

The Return of Actively-Managed Funds

This is a stock picker's market. The table seems to be set for a return to active management. It seems the equity markets have traded in synchronicity over the past number of weeks during the COVID outbreak. There has been little differentiation between individual Technology stocks on the way down and on up days. This … Continue reading The Return of Actively-Managed Funds

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High Yield Is High Yield No Matter How You Securitize It

High Yield Is High Yield No Matter How You Securitize It

High Yield debt is High Yield because of the underlying risk profile of the issuer. "Whole Business" securities masked this risk - and won High Grade status - by pledging additional assets. Guess which security type is blowing up? High Yield debt is High Yield no matter how you package it. High Yield issuance exploded … Continue reading High Yield Is High Yield No Matter How You Securitize It

Public Service Message to VC’s: Time to Write Down Your Portfolios

Public Service Message to VC’s: Time to Write Down Your Portfolios

Time for VC's to write down their portfolios. The same holds true for Private Equity portfolios. We led with VC's in the title because venture-backed valuations bear little resemblance to any economic reality whereas private equity valuations are largely grounded in reality. Public company valuations are not going to snap back to normal. The U.S. … Continue reading Public Service Message to VC’s: Time to Write Down Your Portfolios

Disney Ought to Spin Off the Parks Business

Disney Ought to Spin Off the Parks Business

Disney's Parks business is preventing the "Content" side from realizing its full valuation potential. Look no further than Netflix as a proxy. Disney's (tkr: DIS), "Content" business is significant. "Parks" is large enough to stand on its own. A simple run rate calculation on Disney's December quarter "Content" Operating Income figure of $1.9 billion implies … Continue reading Disney Ought to Spin Off the Parks Business

GE’s BioPharma Deal Is at Risk

GE’s BioPharma Deal Is at Risk

We 100% disagree with Barron's that General Electric's deal to sell its BioPharma business to Danaher (tkr: DHR), for $21.4 billion (original deal announced February 2019), should close soon. This is precisely the type of large deal struck at a peak market that will either get delayed indefinitely or negotiated down. Danaher has the upper … Continue reading GE’s BioPharma Deal Is at Risk

Battle-Tested Software CEOs

Battle-Tested Software CEOs

We created a list of Software CEOs that operate durable businesses and that successfully led their companies through the 2008 downturn (the closest comp to COVID-19). CEO profiles from our CEORater database. Andy Florance. Founder & CEO of CoStar Group (tkr: CSGP).Bill Stone. Founder & CEO of SS&C Technologies (tkr: SSNC).Henry Fernandez. Founder & CEO … Continue reading Battle-Tested Software CEOs

More Room For Markets To Drift Down. Software As A Safe Haven.

More Room For Markets To Drift Down. Software As A Safe Haven.

Today's bloodletting is the result of a spate of negative news over the weekend concerning escalating COVID-19 cases, restaurant closures, limits on large groups, school closures, dramatic action by the Fed and more. There is yet another wave of bad news looming that is likely to arrive in the next couple of weeks. The next … Continue reading More Room For Markets To Drift Down. Software As A Safe Haven.

Take Personal and Corporate Income Tax Rates to Zero

Take Personal and Corporate Income Tax Rates to Zero

Count TEK2day in the group that is not in favor of quantitative easing after having lived through the 2008 QE period. We favor a reduction of federal corporate and personal income tax rates. In fact, take income tax rates to zero. Institute a "pay-as-you-go" national Sales tax on finished goods and services for both corporations … Continue reading Take Personal and Corporate Income Tax Rates to Zero