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Our Contrarian Call: A Bullish Thesis on the Energy Sector

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Back in December 2016, we discussed our expectation for lower longer-term US interest rates, which we used to justify an aversion to financial stocks. This expectation played out. We also discussed our rotation into the resources sector. We suggested that sometimes rotations can be bumpy, and indeed the last six months has been a bumpy […]

Risk Management 101: Diversification (Easier Said Than Done)

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There are three basic ways to manage the risk of an equity portfolio: Diversify, by owning a collection of stocks from different industries Hedge, by shorting stocks or equity futures Buy insurance, like buying an out-of-the-money put option. The essence of diversification is choosing assets that are not perfectly correlated with each other. The logic […]

JOLTed

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Today’s release of the Job Openings & Labor Turnover (JOLTs) revealed a few interesting observations about the US labor market. First, the pace of hires is fading. Keep in mind JOLTs data is released a month after employment data, so we are looking at April stats in the following charts. This fading in new hires […]

Coming Challenges to US Treasury Investing

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In the table below we show the aggregate US Treasury maturity schedule. Due to stops and starts of the US Treasury issuing longer dated bonds over the last few decades, there is a huge gap in maturities available for investors. The reader will notice that there are no US Treasury bonds due to mature between 2028-2042. […]

It’s a Gusher So Far

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So far in this earnings season, with over half of companies having reported, the energy sector has experienced the biggest earnings surprise. Earnings have come in almost 23% ahead of analyst estimates, nearly double the surprise of the consumer discretionary sector. Digging into industry groups, with 6 out of 7 companies in the S&P 500 […]