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Become a Better Investor Newsletter – 20 May 2023

Noteworthy this week

  • Weak retail signals US slowdown
  • US household debt surpasses US$17trn
  • QT ain’t happening
  • Consider your health span
  • A green world needs nuclear

Weak retail signals US slowdown: US retail sales were down by 5% in the past year in inflation-adjusted terms, signaling a slowdown in consumer spending.

US household debt surpasses US$17trn: For the first time ever, US household debt is more than US$17trn (yes, that’s trillions!). The largest chunk of that debt is mortgages at US$12trn.

QT ain’t happening: Central banks’ balance sheets have started to grow again. It’s hard to treat a liquidity addict in withdrawal.

Consider your health span: In financial planning, a person’s life span is considered; however, the health span is often not. How much does money matter when you’re not in good health?

A green world needs nuclear: Wood Mackenzie says we need to 3x nuclear capacity to reach the set environmental goals. When will Western governments admit this?

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Weekly market performance

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Chart of the week

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Podcasts we listened to this week


“In this episode, William Green chats with Samantha McLemore, the founder of Patient Capital Management. After graduating magna cum laude from Washington & Lee University, she was hired by investing legend Bill Miller & spent 20 years working with him. They co-managed Miller Opportunity Trust, a top-performing mutual fund, for a decade until Bill recently retired & anointed her as his successor.”

Listen to the episode.

Readings this week

The Ultimate Deliberate Practice Guide: How to Be the Best

“Deliberate practice is the best technique for achieving expert performance in every field—including writing, teaching, sports, programming, music, medicine, therapy, chess, and business. But there’s much more to deliberate practice than 10,000 hours. Read this to learn how to accelerate your learning, overcome the “OK” plateau, turn experience into expertise, and enhance your focus.”

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Book recommendation

Flip the Script: Getting People to Think Your Idea is Their Idea by Oren Klaff

“These days, it’s just not enough to make a great pitch. Over decades of being marketed, pitched, sold (and lied) to, we’ve grown resistant to sales persuasion. The moment we feel pressured to buy, we pull away. And if we’re told what to think, our defences go up.”

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Memes of the week

New My Worst Investment Ever episodes

Ep687: Richard Lawrence – Avoid the Stock That’s the Hype of the Day

BIO: Richard H. Lawrence, Jr., is the Founder and Executive Chairman of Overlook Investments Group, an independent fund management company established in Hong Kong in 1991.

STORY: Richard invested heavily in a successful Korean company that brought him great returns until the founder died. The son took over and brought the stock to its demise.

LEARNING: If it’s not working, get out. Invest in a company with no or minimal debt. Operating return is the purest way to measure profitability.

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Ep686: Vineer Bhansali – You Create Real Value by Being Different

BIO: Vineer Bhansali is the CIO of LongTail Alpha. The firm was founded in 2015 to help provide risk mitigation strategies.

STORY: In early 1993, most investors held a significant long position on the Eurodollar futures contract, betting that interest rates would go down. Vineer decided to follow the herd. The Fed increased rates, and Vineer kept buying until he lost his investment.

LEARNING: Don’t follow the herd blindly. Success in the markets is all about timing. Have an investment framework within which you operate.

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Ep685: Brenden Kumarasamy – Follow the Data, Not Your Emotions

BIO: Brenden Kumarasamy is the founder of MasterTalk; he coaches ambitious executives & entrepreneurs to become the top 1% of communicators in their industry.

STORY: Brenden decided to promote his YouTube channel by sending 500 cold emails per day to university professors. After sending 2,000 emails, he received very negative responses. Instead of reviewing his strategy, he sent more emails for three months and got nothing out of it.

LEARNING: Follow the data and remove emotion as much as possible when making decisions. Make sure your marketing content offers undeniable value.

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Published on Become a Better Investor this week

In this episode, Andrew and David discuss how managers can help people to see themselves as components in a system, working with those before and after them in the process of educating children – for the benefit of all.

Listen to Fostering Cooperation: The Role of a Manager in Education (Part 2)

In this episode of Investment Strategy Made Simple (ISMS), Andrew and Larry discuss chapters of Larry’s book Investment Mistakes Even Smart Investors Make and How to Avoid Them. In this fourth episode, they talk about mistake number five: do you let your ego dominate the decision-making process? And mistake number six: do you allow yourself to be influenced by herd mentality?

Listen to ISMS 23: Larry Swedroe – Do You Allow Yourself to Be Influenced by Your Ego and Herd Mentality?

TIPCO Asphalt Public Company Limited (TASCO TB): Profitable Growth rank of 4 was up compared to the prior period’s 6th rank. This is above average performance compared to 810 large Materials companies worldwide.

Read TIPCO Asphalt – World Class Benchmarking

Sansiri Public Company Limited (SIRI TB): Profitable Growth rank of 4 was up compared to the prior period’s 6th rank. This is above average performance compared to 220 large Real Estate companies worldwide.

Read Sansiri – World Class Benchmarking

AAPICO Hitech Public Company Limited (AH TB): Profitable Growth rank of 3 was down compared to the prior period’s 2nd rank. This is above average performance compared to 930 large Cons. Disc. companies worldwide.

Read AAPICO Hitech – World Class Benchmarking

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