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Concentration of Top 5 Market Cap Stocks in S&P 500 (Update Jan. 2021)

January 19, 2021

The five largest stocks in the US (AAPL, MSFT, AMZN, GOOGL, FB) dominated S&P 500 performance in 2020, returning 56.0% over the course of the year on a capweighted basis, while all other US stocks returned 15.0% in aggregate. We can further examine implied expectations with VE models to the right. Since the end of 2020, TSLA has passed FB to claim the fifth largest market cap; we have also included insight into TSLA’s valuation characteristics following their recent inclusion and large allocation in the S&P 500. […more]

Market in Pictures – Issue #4

December 10, 2020

We venture that few investors would have foreseen stocks at these levels had they known 2020’s timeline of events in advance. We have little if any idea on irrational exuberance or market tops but have some thoughts on where to, and where not to, look for value. […more]

Market in Pictures – October 2020

November 12, 2020

Company Financing A recent chart reminded us of another reason why many investors prefer the US markets. Securitization, while often maligned, forces a mark to market transparency for assets, such as bank loans, that might […more]

Valuation Dividend – Q3 Strategy Letter

October 14, 2020

The 10 Yr. US Treasury yield ended the quarter flat at around 0.66%, though dipped to nearly 0.51% in early August. In July, headlines about rising Covid-19 infection rates in the US crowded the outlook […more]

Market in Pictures – September 2020

October 8, 2020

For September 2020, we have put together some visual highlights of the state of markets over the past month. We touch on energy stocks, European banks getting crushed, insights on value investing and a humorous […more]

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