Fraud always spikes during frothy markets. If it feels like we are beating you over the head as it relates to Quality CEOs and CEO Integrity it is because we are. High Quality, High Integrity CEOs are the best preventive measure against getting burned by fraudulent companies. 2020 has delivered massive equity market valuation froth … Continue reading Fraud – A Sign of The Times
At CEORater we evaluate CEOs on 42 attributes across four quadrants (Operations-related, Strategy & Tactics, Investor-related and Personality-related attributes). Great CEOs are time-tested, have a well-rounded skill set, are high character, are intellectually curious, the list goes on. Several founders and CEOs recently reminded us of their blind spots. Tickers mentioned: GM, ORCL, TSLA Mary … Continue reading CEO Quality Is Critical
The "Best" is such a subjective descriptor. However, if pressed to select the best operating CEO our vote would go to Amazon founder & CEO Jeff Bezos. A sure fire bet to be a first ballot Hall of Famer in CEORater's CEO Hall of Fame. Amazon is perhaps the most practical of the Technology giants. … Continue reading The World’s Best Operator
Two head-scratching Technology deals. Oracle's TikTok deal appears to be smoke and mirrors while GM's due diligence on its Nikola deal appears to be surface-level at best. Both wreak of desperation. Oracle's TikTok deal is high on sizzle, low on substance. Assuming the Oracle/TikTok deal receives U.S. government approval and ultimately closes (we are not … Continue reading Questionable M&A Strategy (Oracle) and Due Diligence (GM)
Volkswagen AG would provide Tesla with a large scale unit base (approximately 11 million vehicles sold in 2019 compared to 370,000 Tesla vehicles sold) that Tesla could leverage in part to accelerate technology development by 1.) deploying Tesla's technology across VW's much larger fleet and 2.) utilizing VW's cash flow to fund technology development. Tesla … Continue reading Tesla Should Acquire Volkswagen
We hosted a podcast episode with Upendra Belhe as our guest. Upendra leads TEK2day's "On-Demand CAO" advisory service. We covered a variety of topics related to Data and Advanced Analytics, perhaps most notably the recent sense of urgency that insurance carriers have around standing up Analytics operations (COVID-related claims are of course a driver along … Continue reading Advanced Analytics in Insurance – A Conversation with Upendra Belhe
Walmart (tkr: WMT) can do better than to jointly acquire TikTok with Microsoft (tkr: MSFT). A TikTok acquisition is fraught with risk. Our preference would be for Walmart to acquire a leading retailer in a growing category. AutoZone (tkr: AZO) is one such example. Premium article. 539 words. $9.99 One of the first things you … Continue reading Walmart Can Do Better than to Acquire TikTokPremium
We believe large insurance carriers could bolster their valuations by taking equity stakes in leading InsurTech, AutoTech, PropTech, HealthIT, FinTech and CyberSecurity companies. Sound too ambitious? Sounds rational to us. First, an announcement: We have launched a new Data & Analytics advisory service - "On-Demand CAO" - which is primarily geared to mid-market insurance carriers. … Continue reading Insurers as Acquirers and TEK2day’s “On-Demand CAO” Service
Lyft decided to suspend its rideshare service in California after being ordered to account for drivers as employees. Uber may be next. It is unlikely that Uber or Lyft could ever operate profitably were they both forced to account for all drivers as employees. In equity and fixed income analysis we have the "consolidation" principle … Continue reading Lyft Tapped Out In California. Uber May Be Next.
How do investment managers justify owning Tesla (TSLA) at the current valuation? Or perhaps worse, owning highly-levered companies in beat-up industries that won't recover for years (see airlines). Talk about "risk" assets! Where is the fiduciary responsibility? From the outside looking in it would seem investment managers - at least some of them - are … Continue reading What Happened to Fiduciary Responsibility?