Archive | June, 2017

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 […]