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What Will The “New Normal” Look Like?

What Will The “New Normal” Look Like?

Over the past several months we have written that the new economic normal means a target CPI in the 3-4% range and muted Real GDP in the 0-2% range. Interest rates can't go back to the Volcker days as Treasury would not be able to refinance its debt at double-digit rates. We could however see … Continue reading What Will The “New Normal” Look Like?

For Stock Returns, Look Where Others Are Not

For Stock Returns, Look Where Others Are Not

Small cap equities and international equities are generally good places for investors to begin their work of finding undervalued companies. In this age of ultra-low interest rates and overvalued assets it makes sense for public company investors to look for value in areas of the market that receive less investor attention than sectors that garner … Continue reading For Stock Returns, Look Where Others Are Not

CEO Quality Matters. Warren Buffett Agrees.

CEO Quality Matters. Warren Buffett Agrees.

Over the weekend Warren Buffett stated that poor leadership is the greatest risk facing companies. Mr. Buffett is preaching to the choir and knows a thing or two about bad leadership having lived through scandal and CEO turnover at Wells Fargo while Berkshire was a large holder. Coca Cola - another Berkshire holding - hasn't … Continue reading CEO Quality Matters. Warren Buffett Agrees.

Poor Reputations Travel Quickly

Poor Reputations Travel Quickly

Amazon is developing a reputation for poor deal etiquette. Specifically (as reported by the WSJ), Amazon is using intelligence gathered by its venture arm during deal due diligence to develop competitive offerings. Microsoft, Google, Walmart, Alibaba, Shopify and others will likely capture a percentage of venture and M&A deal flow that otherwise would have gone … Continue reading Poor Reputations Travel Quickly

When Evaluating Institutional Investors Ferraris Are A Red Flag.

When Evaluating Institutional Investors Ferraris Are A Red Flag.

One of the services we provide at CEORater includes a CEO Personality Profile derived from Natural Language Processing applied to earnings call transcripts. Research out of Stanford University - Charles OReilly and David Larcker - demonstrates a correlation between CEO Personality and company outcomes. Separate efforts apply similar analytic methods toward evaluating institutional investors. Institutional … Continue reading When Evaluating Institutional Investors Ferraris Are A Red Flag.

Vendor Due Diligence and Investment Due Diligence Processes Are Similar

Vendor Due Diligence and Investment Due Diligence Processes Are Similar

Whether evaluating a company as an investment vehicle or as a potential vendor, the processes are similar. Three elements are at the heart of our due diligence process when we evaluate Technology companies as investment vehicles and when we evaluate them as vendors. 1.) Quality of the Management Team. We listed this attribute first as … Continue reading Vendor Due Diligence and Investment Due Diligence Processes Are Similar