Investors are too optimistic. The economy and markets will get worse before they get better. We climbed high during 2020 and 2021 due to manufactured "stimulus" in the absence of production which could only end in inflation. Given the nose-bleed heights brought on by artificial excess, we have far to fall as markets, asset prices … Continue reading Living On The Edge: Investor Sentiment Feels Like 2008
The most liquid measure of the money supply - M1 - is up 4.8x since February 2020. Given the exorbitant inflation of the money supply, we are only in the early stages of price inflation. Cash-rich Technology companies can take several steps to combat inflation. Now is not the time for cash-rich Technology companies to … Continue reading How Technology Companies Can Fight Inflation
One of the great distortions caused by the joint fiscal and monetary policy of 2020 and 2021 is that equities and the lowest-rated non-investment grade credits are two of the all too rare places where investors may earn a return. Savers and Fixed Income investors be damned. Many companies are enjoying their stocks trading at … Continue reading Investors Should Ask More of Their Management Teams
Google is using Machine Learning to design the layout of its next-gen TPU chips. Learn more HERE.Speaking of AI and ML, SS&C Technologies (SSNC) achieved a milestone with its relatively new AI-powered Singularity platform this week. Singularity now boasts more than 50 clients. Read the release HERE. A behavioral change is required to fight cyberattacks. … Continue reading AI, ML, Autos, CEOs and Inflation
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?
CEORater began an experiment several years ago whereby we built a concentrated "buy and hold" equal-weight portfolio consisting of quality Enterprise Software names that would be held for a minimum of five years. The benchmark is the S&P North American Expanded Technology Software Index (SPNASEUP). CEORater is up 4.2% Year-to-Date vs. 2.0% for the benchmark … Continue reading CEORater Portfolio Ahead of The Benchmark
It should come as no surprise that the Healthcare Services and Technology industries will drive jobs growth for the foreseeable future. We examined figures published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics which we believe are directionally correct even through we do not completely agree with BLS data classification methodologies. Non-hospital Healthcare services (shaded in yellow) … Continue reading Healthcare and Technology To Enjoy Fastest Jobs Growth
Alphabet, Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Microsoft each grew headcount in 2020 with all but Alphabet accelerating headcount growth. Big Tech has a hunger for software engineers, architects, designers and data scientists. These skilled employees are working to scale sophisticated cloud platforms, applications and services that increasingly leverage advanced automation and analytics powered by artificial intelligence/ … Continue reading Big Tech’s Hunger For Talent
MicroStrategy (tkr: MSTR), founder and CEO Michael Saylor has consistently promoted Bitcoin for the past year plus. There is hardly a business network nor crypto-dedicated YouTube channel that hasn't had Mr. Saylor on to promote Bitcoin as MSTR has stockpiled more of the digital currency than any other public company. So what about MSTR's core … Continue reading Is Michael Saylor Running A Software Company Or A Bitcoin Fund?
We caution investors to not get ahead of themselves by anticipating a return to "normal", 2019 revenue growth rates in 2021. Most Software companies have a significant Subscription revenue component. Given that Subscription bookings activity slowed for most every Enterprise Software company in 2020, this will translate to slower reported Subscription revenue growth over the … Continue reading Software Revenue Growth Will Be Muted for Many in 2021