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Become a Better Investor Newsletter – 21 January 2023

Noteworthy this week

  • High US teen employment shows Fed isn’t done
  • New data suggests trouble for the US housing market
  • Amazon’s revenue is larger than 70 countries’ GDP
  • India is the next global growth engine
  • The dirty extraction of minerals for green energy

High US teen employment shows Fed isn’t done: Low unemployment means pressure on higher salaries, which spurs inflation. As such, Fed wants to increase unemployment by raising rates further.

New data suggests trouble for the US housing market: In 4Q22, 68% of contracts were canceled for America’s 6th largest home builder. This means rising mortgage rates are going to push down the housing market.

Amazon’s revenue is larger than 70 countries’ GDP: It’s sometimes good to put things into perspective. In 2022, Amazon generated US$502bn in revenue, equal to the GDP generated by 300 million people in 70 countries.

India is the next global growth engine: Demographics typically drive growth. Young populations with high birth rates translate into a large labor force and economic growth. Add a 1.4bn+ population to that.

The dirty extraction of minerals for green energy: Mining minerals critical for green energy demands tons of resources and is dirty. Cleaner solutions are essential to make green energy green for real.

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Weekly market performance

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Discussed in the Become a Better Investor Community this week

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Podcasts we listened to this week

The Tim Ferriss Show – Ep. 650

Dr. Matthew Walker, All Things Sleep — How to Improve Sleep, How Sleep Ties Into Alzheimer’s Disease and Weight Gain, and How Medications (Ambien, Trazodone, etc.), Caffeine, THC/CBD, Psychedelics, Exercise, Smart Drugs, Fasting, and More Affect Sleep

Wealthion –Tom Lee: Market To Rise 20%+ This Year, Says Wall Street’s Biggest Bull

“Raging inflation, spiking interest rates & geopolitical disruption made 2022 a bruising year for stocks & bonds.

All three of those issues remain factors here at the start of 2023.

Tom Lee, Managing Partner and Head of Research at Fundstrat Global Advisors, is often referred to as ‘the biggest bull on Wall Street.’ He forecasts the S&P is poised to rise 20% in 2023.”

Listen on Apple or watch on YouTube.

Readings this week

“I Am Taking This Very Seriously”: BlackRock’s Larry Fink Struggles With “Demonized” ESG Narrative

“BlackRock, the world’s biggest asset manager, has faced increasing backlash about environmental, social, and governance (ESG) investing. A handful of US states have pulled billions of dollars from BlackRock funds over accusations of “greenwashing,” hurting the fossil fuel industry and turbocharging America’s ‘woke’ culture.”

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Book recommendation

Think for Yourself: Restoring Common Sense in an Age of Experts and Artificial Intelligence by Vikram Mansharamani

“We’ve outsourced too much of our thinking. How do we get it back?”

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Memes of the week

New My Worst Investment Ever episodes

ISMS 2: The Man Behind the Most Successful Recession Indicator Questions It

In a recent LinkedIn post, Campbell Harvey outlined why his yield curve inversion theory, which has a perfect record of predicting recessions, may no longer work. He concludes that we may not get a recession in 2023.

He argues that the labor market is strong compared to the past two recessions. Unfilled jobs are still high, and skilled workers losing their jobs have shorter periods before getting a new job.

Access the episode’s show notes and resources

Ep642: Cameron Herold – Unleash the Power of Your COO

BIO: Cameron Herold is the mastermind behind hundreds of companies’ exponential growth and has earned his reputation as the business growth guru.

STORY: Cameron is back on the Podcast with tidbits from his upcoming book, The Second in Command: How to Unleash the Power of Your COO.

LEARNING: A working relationship between a CEO and a COO can grow a company exponentially. Make your company culture conducive to retain your employees.

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Ep641: Kim Scott – Don’t Always Accept Funding Just Because It’s Been Offered

BIO: Kim Scott is the author of Radical Candor: Be a Kick-Ass Boss Without Losing Your Humanity and Just Work: How to Root Out Bias, Prejudice, and Bullying to Build a Kick-ass Culture of Inclusivity, and she is a co-founder of the company, Radical Candor.

STORY: Kim got an idea and $2 million from a friend to build an app for her company Radical Candor. What Kim didn’t realize was that the app was doing the exact opposite of what Radical Candor aimed to do.

LEARNING: Just because somebody offers you money doesn’t mean you should take it. Don’t throw good money after bad. Don’t grow for growth’s sake.

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Published on Become a Better Investor this week

Operational definitions are clearly defined words, phrases, and concepts that everyone working together agrees to use in the same way. Making assumptions about words like “tardy” or “good” is a fast track to confusion and disengagement. In this episode, Andrew and David talk about operational definitions in education – for students, faculty, and administrators.

Listen to The Importance of Operational Definitions: Deming in Education with David P. Langford (Part 12)

WW2.5 is what I like to call “The US against who?” You may say China or Russia. In my opinion, those are both wrong. It’s the US against Europe. And the US just won. The Russia-Ukraine conflict has encouraged US dominance over Europe. Let’s take a deeper look at this dominance.

Read ISMS 1: The United States Won WW2.5, but Who Lost?

CNOOC Limited (883 HK): Profitable Growth rank of 4 was down compared to the prior period’s 3rd rank. This is above average performance compared to 350 large Energy companies worldwide.

Read CNOOC – World Class Benchmarking

A. Stotz Investment Research’s CEO Andrew Stotz and Founding Partner Alexander Wetterling were guests on Bogumil Baranowski’s podcast Talking Billions.

Listen to Andrew Stotz & Alexander Wetterling on the Talking Billions Podcast

Major Cineplex Group Public Company Limited (MAJOR TB): Profitable Growth rank of 5 was up compared to the prior period’s 9th rank. This is average performance compared to 260 medium Comm. Serv. companies worldwide.

Read Major Cineplex Group – World Class Benchmarking

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