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CEORater “Quality” Portfolio Outperformed in 2020

CEORater “Quality” Portfolio Outperformed in 2020

The CEORater "Quality" Portfolio is an experiment which we began running at the end of 2018. The portfolio consists of a mix of Software, Information Services and Fintech companies, half of which are led by founder CEOs (we generally prefer founder CEOs). The question the experiment sought to answer was "How would a basket of … Continue reading CEORater “Quality” Portfolio Outperformed in 2020

Artificial Intelligence Is Electricity 2.0

Artificial Intelligence Is Electricity 2.0

AWS, Azure and GCP are to thank in large part for the proliferation of applications powered by broadly-defined AI. The big three remote server platforms have made it increasingly easy for companies of all sizes from all industries to build applications that incorporate core AI, machine learning, deep learning and related capabilities. A wide variety … Continue reading Artificial Intelligence Is Electricity 2.0

S&P Global Reported to Acquire IHS Markit

S&P Global Reported to Acquire IHS Markit

A few years ago we recommended that IBM (tkr: IBM) roll-up certain Information Services assets to complement its Infrastructure Services business. In the meantime the Information Services space is rolling up itself with S&P Global (tkr: SPGI) working to acquire IHS Markit (tkr: INFO) as reported by the Wall Street Journal. Tickers mentioned: CCC, DNB, … Continue reading S&P Global Reported to Acquire IHS Markit

Higher Corporate Income Tax Rates and Advanced Automation Are Coming

Higher Corporate Income Tax Rates and Advanced Automation Are Coming

Regardless of who wins November's general election we expect higher corporate income tax rates in 2021 or more likely 2022. Today's 21% U.S. corporate tax rate will likely climb back to 35% or higher should Trump win re-election or to 40-45% should Biden win the Presidency. We expect companies to control expenses as a result … Continue reading Higher Corporate Income Tax Rates and Advanced Automation Are Coming

Stick With Quality Companies

Stick With Quality Companies

Where is the market support coming from? Lipper data (below) shows net fund outflows for Equity funds. Therefore perhaps a sector rotation into Technology funds is providing support for Technology names. We have yet to find fundamental data that would support a bullish near-to-intermediate-term outlook for Technology names, with the exception being the leading streaming … Continue reading Stick With Quality Companies

CEORater Mock Portfolio

CEORater Mock Portfolio

Update on our "Buy & Hold" mock portfolio. This is an experiment we started last year where we buy quality names into the portfolio and essentially only sell when there is a change in executive management (CEO leaves). Microsoft (tkr: MSFT) is probably the world's most durable company and SS&C Technologies (tkr: SSNC) is one … Continue reading CEORater Mock Portfolio

Enterprise Software 2020 Outlook

Enterprise Software 2020 Outlook

More Market Uncertainty Is Coming. However, Don't Paint with A Broad Brush. Align Yourself with Market Leaders. We expect Enterprise Software companies to provide conservative outlooks for the 2020 calendar year. We do not expect Enterprise Software companies to completely yank their respective 2020 outlooks as have other Technology companies. We anticipate negative investor sentiment … Continue reading Enterprise Software 2020 Outlook

Industries Best-Positioned To Go Mobile Post COVID

Industries Best-Positioned To Go Mobile Post COVID

We list a handful of industries that may accelerate their mobile workforce and remote capability efforts in the COVID aftermath. ASSET MANAGEMENT: We believe the big opportunity here is for virtual meetings whether they be one-on-one meetings between investors and management teams or full analyst days. Basic video communication and live streaming services are offered … Continue reading Industries Best-Positioned To Go Mobile Post COVID

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