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TRANSITORY INFLATION?

The ValueAligned Model Portfolio ("VAP") is up +11.4% for 2021 as of Thursday May 20, 2021. The S&P 500 Index is +11.4%. The broader market bounced back nicely yesterday following the past week's selling.  Tech stocks were particularly strong, with the S&P...

Inflation? Ask real Businesses

The Federal Reserve says we will see inflation but it is "transitory". Congress does not even mention inflation even though it is the most regressive tax out there. But if you want to know the real deal ask real operating businesses and their operators. In the quote...

Four Reasons The Future Looks Bright For The Bulls

“I look to the future because that’s where I’m going to spend the rest of my life.” —George Burns The stock market is now up more than 11% in 2021, but we could have a normal 15% or so drop at anytime. Here are four bullish statistics that Ryan Detrick, chief market...

2021 saw more inflows to stocks than the past 12 years combined 

Money flowing to stocks globally in just the past five months ($576 billion) has exceeded the inflow seen over the prior 12 years by well over $100 billion, according to data from Bank of America Global Research.Why it matters: It's further evidence that the sea...

Thinking About Reallocating To Bonds? Don’t.

And bonds are not the place to be these days. Can you believe that the income recently available from a 10-year U.S. Treasury bond – the yield was 0.93% at yearend – had fallen 94% from the 15.8% yield available in September 1981? In certain large and important...

It’s the End of The World….Again

"If you mix politics with your investment decisions, you're making a big mistake." -Warren Buffett The last week in October was a terrible week for the market. The S&P 500 index was down -5.6%, the worst week since March. The ValueAligned Model Portfolio ("VAP")...

Billionaires Naturally Used the Pandemic to Get Richer

ChartTalk: Our 650 billionaires have increased their fortunes by 34% during the pandemic. Billionaire wealth is now twice the amount of wealth held by the bottom 50% of all American households combined, approximately 160 million people.Statista reports: American...

Value Investing: Back to the Garden

In the beginning there was the idea of investment – straightforward, unconstrained investment – whose goal was to maximize long-term after-tax returns...PERIOD It was a simpler, happier time, when the essence of investment was to seek out value; to buy what was cheap...