Archive | November, 2017

The Low Level of the VIX Isn’t a Mystery

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The drop in the VIX to ultra-low levels in 2017 has been a point of consternation for market participants and largely misunderstood. Some market participants view the low level of the VIX as an indication of excessively positive sentiment among investors and thus a contrary indicator for the general direction of stock prices. But, the […]

Bitcoin: What It Is And What It Isn’t

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Bitcoin has garnered much mainstream media coverage in recent months which is the natural reaction to its meteoric ten-fold rise this year. The digital currency’s rise to about $11,000 today was met with awe, and then it quickly fell by 20% in a matter of hours, as has been widely reported. Still, bitcoin is 37% […]

Knowledge Leader Spotlight: Microchip Technology Inc., a Fundamental Analysis

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From time to time we illustrate our analysis of highly innovative companies in a Knowledge Leader spotlight. Today we look at Microchip Technology Inc. (MCHP), a highly innovative semiconductor manufacturer that produces programmable microcontroller products used in autos, computing and lighting, among many other applications. It also produces application development tools for microcontrollers, analog devices, […]

Geopolitics Q&A with Peter Zeihan: Mexico’s New Drug War, North Korea, Russian Expansion

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We recently met with Geopolitical Strategist Peter Zeihan to discuss three geopolitical shifts for US financial advisors to watch in the coming months. In this Q&A, we discuss: How the Mexican drug war fueled the U.S. opioid crisis; The chances of a pre-emptive strike on North Korea; and Why Russian troops aren’t leaving Belarus. Click to download […]