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Yearly Archives: 2020

The Super-Spreader

Third Quarter 2020

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Have you seen the new Tom Hanks’ movie “Greyhound”, that’s streaming on TV? The movie brings to its audience in vivid fashion, context on the considerable challenges the U.S. and its allies had to overcome from the formidable Nazi military threat on the Atlantic front during World War II. The daunting challenges from the other side of the world, by the Japanese Empire in the Pacific theatre were discussed in our April Perspective, The Alphabet Debate and Midway. Why so much focus on this period? We believe that valuable perspective relevant to today’s investing environment can be gleaned from it...

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Is it Live or is it Memorex?

Second Quarter 2020

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Back in what may seem like ancient times to some—the early 1980s—the Memorex Company ran an advertising campaign for its recording tape. (Memorex? Recording tape? Maybe we are talking about ancient times!) The campaign included a series of TV commercials featuring famous vocalists. As a singer belted out some incredibly high notes, the commercial would show a wine glass shattering. The implication was that the high notes shattered the glass. But viewers couldn’t tell if it was a real (live) voice or artificial (a recording captured on Memorex tape). The commercials ended with the question...

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The Alphabet Debate…and Midway

First Quarter 2020

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The alphabet debates have begun. No, we’re not talking about a new format for debates among presidential candidates. It’s the debate among pundits, economists and investment strategists over what path U.S. economic activity will be tracing out in the future. As we wrote a few weeks back in “A Big Valley…But Also Considering What Lies Just Beyond”, governments here and abroad have literally switched “off” significant portions of the commerce round the globe via mandated business closures and social distancing measures to stem the spread of Covid-19...

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