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10k Words | June 2022

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Apparently , Confucius did not say “One Picture is Worth Ten Thousand Words” after all. It was an advertisement in a 1920s trade journal for the use of images in advertisements on the sides of streetcars. Even without the credibility of Confucius behind it, we think this saying has merit. Each month we share a few charts or images we consider noteworthy. Price-to-Earnings multiples have been crunched in the calendar year to-date, as FactSet and strategist Christophe Barraud chart - but that begs the question posed by Sanford Bernstein - does this imply earnings expectations will be cut? Global equity capital markets volumes have dropped more than market indices, Equitable Investors highlights, while there are plenty of companies in need of fresh cash. Below-trend economic growth and above-trend inflation is the widely held consensus view of the economic backdrop from the Bank of America global fund manager survey. Off the back of that, the market is expecting the Fed cash rate to settl

10K Words - May 2022

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Apparently , Confucius did not say “One Picture is Worth Ten Thousand Words” after all. It was an advertisement in a 1920s trade journal for the use of images in advertisements on the sides of streetcars. Even without the credibility of Confucius behind it, we think this saying has merit. Each month we share a few charts or images we consider noteworthy. The drawdown in tech stocks remains in focus with carts from chrtr and a16z, while MarketWatch highlighted the inside selling that occured in 2021's tech IPOs ("You bought. They sold"). Retail investors who had a great time trading in 2020 and 2021 may have lost all that they gained, Morgan Stanley has estimated. The crypto space hasn't worked for punters either as correlation with tech stocks surges, as the Daily Shot charts, and the "hot" NFT space cools rapidly, as charted by NonFungible. Finally, fund managers surveyed by Bank of America have returned from briefly worrying about the Ukraine situation as

10K Words - April 2022

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Apparently , Confucius did not say “One Picture is Worth Ten Thousand Words” after all. It was an advertisement in a 1920s trade journal for the use of images in advertisements on the sides of streetcars. Even without the credibility of Confucius behind it, we think this saying has merit. Each month we share a few charts or images we consider noteworthy. Online sales volumes have retreated in absolute numbers and as a share of total sales as the charts from the Australian Bureau of Statistics and the US Census Bureau show. US government bonds are on track to deliver their worst annual loss, Compound Capital Advisors highlights. Bank of America links the preceeding surge in central bank liquidity with the value of "Big Tech" stocks. A correlation between inflation worries and the relative valuation of small caps is charted by BCA Research. Quantitative Value co-author Tobias Carlisle shows that "unexcellent" stocks have outperformed "excellent" stocks over

10K Words - March 2022

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  Apparently , Confucius did not say “One Picture is Worth Ten Thousand Words” after all. It was an advertisement in a 1920s trade journal for the use of images in advertisements on the sides of streetcars. Even without the credibility of Confucius behind it, we think this saying has merit. Each month we share a few charts or images we consider noteworthy. The extent of the new "Tech Wreck" is highlighted by Societe Generale with 60%+ of stocks in the index down more than 25%, including 20% down more than 75%. But bonds have not delivered on their promise of safety as Bespoke and The Irrelevant Investor highlight. Back in Australia, Wilsons counts only 47 earnings downgrades in total for FY22 (so far), which is similar to FY21 but well below pre-Covid years. Wilsons also shows an unusually large spread between growth in small and large caps. The correlation of bitcoin with the more speculative parts of the equities market has been mapped courtesy of The Daily Shot. Finally, B

10K Words - February 2022

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Apparently , Confucius did not say “One Picture is Worth Ten Thousand Words” after all. It was an advertisement in a 1920s trade journal for the use of images in advertisements on the sides of streetcars. Even without the credibility of Confucius behind it, we think this saying has merit. Each month we share a few charts or images we consider noteworthy. You may have noticed that the tech sector has been under pressure lately. Bank of America's monthly fund manager survey shows allocations to the sector are at the lowest point since 2006 - yet in the unlisted world CB Insights has tallied up a surge in "unicorns" to 1,000! Totus Capital made a great point on the significant dispersion between different tech companies' accounting treatment of R&D spend. And ASX-listed fintech Douugh's "accumulated revenue" chart, as highlighted by  @lukewinchester9, was definitely an innovative approach to presenting financials. On the COVID-19 front, Bloomberg shows

CY2021 - The Year in Quotes

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It didn't start out this way intentionally but at Equitable Investors we have developed a habit of kicking off each monthly update of the Dragonfly Fund with a quote that resonated or was reflective of that point in time. We find wisdom, common sense and inspiration in many places - not just in the words of the investment greats. From Ron Barron to Ron Barassi , the words we drew on for the 12 months of calendar 2021 follow. January 2021 “Stocks that have a well-recognised brand, or a well recognised story have seen unprecedented buying relative to the rest of the market... this leaves an opportunity for investors that are willing to go the extra mile in researching stocks.”  ― Fabiana Fedeli, Fundamental Equities Outlook Q1 2021, Robeco February 2021 “We should be careful to get out of an experience only the wisdom that is in it and stop there lest we be like the cat that sits down on a hot stove lid. She will never sit down on a hot stove lid again and that is well but also she

10K Words - January 2022

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  Apparently , Confucius did not say “One Picture is Worth Ten Thousand Words” after all. It was an advertisement in a 1920s trade journal for the use of images in advertisements on the sides of streetcars. Even without the credibility of Confucius behind it, we think this saying has merit. Each month we share a few charts or images we consider noteworthy. Happy New Year to all! There's plenty of chart action in January covering inflation and interest rates. The implied probability of a Federal Reserve rate hike in March 2022 of at least 25 basis points has surged, as @charliebilello highlighted on Jan 6 (and had to update for a further surge a day later). Barclays set out the break-even rates (break-even inflation is the difference between the nominal yield on a fixed-rate investment and the real yield on a similar inflation-linked investment). On equities we see "crowded trades" and retail sentiment take a dive, courtesy of Morgan Stanley and @lizannsonders. Indeed Hiri

10k Words - December 2021

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Apparently , Confucius did not say “One Picture is Worth Ten Thousand Words” after all. It was an advertisement in a 1920s trade journal for the use of images in advertisements on the sides of streetcars. Even without the credibility of Confucius behind it, we think this saying has merit. Each month we share a few charts or images we consider noteworthy. Our final 10k Words for CY2021 kicks off with The Economist's first cut on what events captured audience attention in the media during the year. We then range across Morgan Stanley's chart on China property sector's importance to commodities, the surge in VC investment in cryptocurrency startups illustrated by The Economist and Bloomberg's ranking of countries through time based on their COVID-19 vaccine penetration. We get into equities with Bespoke showing ETFs don't necessarily fulfill the diversification function that is expected of them and finally Equitable Investors' analysis of what has worked and what h

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