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Become a Better Investor Newsletter – 11 March 2023

Noteworthy this week

  • Are economists making weather forecasters look good again?
  • Suffering is necessary to kill inflation
  • The US bond market is in a record drawdown
  • You need to be contrarian to make money in the markets
  • Solar and wind resources aren’t plugged in

Are economists making weather forecasters look good again?: “The economy depends about as much on economists as the weather does on weather forecasters.” – Jean-Paul Kauffmann

Suffering is necessary to kill inflation: Governments’ continuous fiscal support to deal with higher living costs increases the inflationary pressure.

The US bond market is in a record drawdown: The drawdown in US bonds has lasted for almost three years and is the longest on record.

You need to be contrarian to make money in the markets: That yield-curve inversion precedes a recession is a consensus view. Bob says his non-consensus view is that this cycle is going to be “slower, longer, higher and eventually deeper than consensus.”

Solar and wind resources aren’t plugged in: Apparently, more than 1,500 gigawatts of renewal power sources are not plugged into the West grid. Makes sense?

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Weekly market performance

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Chart of the week

Discussed in the Become a Better Investor Community this week

“European stocks have been out of favor leading to relatively low valuations, and a severe energy crisis was avoided due to mild weather. As confidence improves in Europe and China reopens, we think it’s time for European outperformance. Like European, Japanese stocks are relatively cheap. We see improvements in the Japanese service sector, and Japan should also benefit from the Chinese reopening.”

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Podcasts we listened to this week

The Memo by Howard Marks – The Rewind – Calling the Market

“Howard looks back on several memos he’s written near major turning points in the market over the last few decades, from the bursting of the dot-com bubble to the pandemic-driven crisis in early 2020. He considers what an investor should – and shouldn’t – focus on when making a market call.”

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Readings this week

ICYMI: You Must Make the World a Better Place Because the Woke ESG Movement Won’t

“Your investments are about your values, and you are responsible for your decisions. Don’t consider ESG standards an easy way to be granted an indulgence.”

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Book recommendation

They Thought They Were Free: The Germans, 1933 by Milton Sanford Mayer

“First published in 1955, They Thought They Were Free is an eloquent and provocative examination of the development of fascism in Germany. Milton Mayer’s book is a study of 10 Germans and their lives from 1933-45, based on interviews he conducted after the war when he lived in Germany..”

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Memes of the week

New My Worst Investment Ever episodes

ISMS 8: Larry Swedroe – Are You Overconfident in Your Skills?

In this episode of Investment Strategy Made Simple (ISMS), Andrew and Larry discuss a chapter of Larry’s book Investment Mistakes Even Smart Investors Make and How to Avoid Them. In this first series of many, they talk about mistake number one: Are you overconfident in your skills?

LEARNING: Don’t be overconfident. Look for value-added information when researching an investment.

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Ep657: Brian Feroldi – Be Careful When Trading Options

BIO: Brian Feroldi is a financial educator, YouTuber, and author. His career mission statement is “to demystify finance.”

STORY: Brian invested in an oil pipeline company with take-or-pay contracts. This meant that the company would get paid either way if the price of oil or natural gas went up or down. Prices went down and despite the contract, the pipeline’s stock went down because its customers couldn’t afford to pay. Brian lost 70% of his entire portfolio.

LEARNING: Don’t use options as an investment strategy. Never let one company become your largest position. Be careful about trying to leverage beyond your capability.

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Ep656: Matt LeBris – Prepare for the Downs During the Uptime

BIO: Matt LeBris is a born and raised NY’er who inevitably caught the hustler’s spirit that fills his hometown streets.

STORY: Matt got an opportunity to be part of a successful business venture in his early 20s. He was making good money and living a good life. Unfortunately, the business went down, and he took an unpaid internship with Daymond John of Shark Tank. Matt’s biggest mistake was to continue living large even though he no longer had money coming up. He blew over $80,000 of his savings by living way above his means.

LEARNING: Understand how you’re subconsciously programmed about money. Live below your means.

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Ep655: Pim van Vliet – Just Because It’s Cheap Doesn’t Mean You Have to Buy It

BIO: Pim van Vliet is Head of Conservative Equities and Chief Quant Strategist at Robeco. He is responsible for a wide range of global, regional, and sustainable low-volatility strategies.

STORY: Pim wanted to make more money investing, so he decided to go all in on a cheap stock. He believed the price would eventually go up as it had done a few years back. Unfortunately, the company went bankrupt, and Pim lost 75% of his investment.

LEARNING: Don’t be overconfident and over-optimistic when investing. Just because it’s cheap doesn’t mean you have to buy it.

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Published on Become a Better Investor this week

How do you tap into intrinsic motivation when the assignments (or jobs) are boring or feel irrelevant? Andrew and David talk about the role of challenge in intrinsic motivation, including why being challenged is key to innovation and improvement.

Listen to The Role of Challenge: Cultivating Intrinsic Motivation Series with David P. Langford (Part 4)

What do you think: Which of the global sectors is most attractive?

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Read ISMS 7: Financials, Cons. Disc., and Utilities Sectors Look Most Interesting

Bangkok Aviation Fuel Services Public Company Limited (BAFS TB): Profitable Growth rank of 7 was up compared to the prior period’s 8th rank. This is below average performance compared to 690 small Industrials companies worldwide.

Read Bangkok Aviation Fuel Services – World Class Benchmarking

Türk Hava Yollari Anonim Ortakligi (THYAO TI): Profitable Growth rank of 2 was up compared to the prior period’s 5th rank. This is World Class performance compared to 1,590 large Industrials companies worldwide.

Read Türk Hava Yollari – World Class Benchmarking

Plan B Media Public Company Limited (PLANB TB): Profitable Growth rank of 1 was up compared to the prior period’s 8th rank. This is World Class performance compared to 260 medium Comm. Serv. companies worldwide.

Read Plan B Media – World Class Benchmarking

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