The untold risks of average returns

This headline might sound confusing at first sight, but behind it is a topic worth thinking about. As one understands what’s behind “average returns”, a portfolio check-up could be appropriate, especially if one is overweight in stocks with past above average performances paired with high valuations. A few thoughts on risk-adjusted investing.

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Uncle Sam as tenant? Two stocks with government exposure – Part I

While it is not directly investing in the government per se as you won’t have any direct ownership in it (luckily), I’ve found two stocks that are operating in the name of it. I am not talking about defense companies where governments are the sole customers (individuals don’t buy tanks). There are two high-yielding REITs with several government agencies as their tenants. Are they worth a look? Part one.

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Buying companies after dividend cuts + new research report

What sounds crazy at first sight, indeed is rather an interesting strategy to think about. Sounds crazy, as almost everyone is talking about higher dividends? Let me make the case for dividend cuts! My next stock idea from my upcoming research report fits exactly into this scheme.

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“Fallen Angels” – why you should be cautious + new research report

No matter whether experienced or not, almost every investor is on the hunt for undervalued stocks to make money. What could be less welcome than a stock which has fallen in price and become cheaper? The problem is, “cheap” is not automatically “cheap”. In fact, buying cheap can become a costly mistake. I see a strict urgency to clean up with this dangerous myth that a stock only has to fall enough to become attractive.

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Why I don’t care about the Lindy effect

There are many rules of thumb and well-intentioned advice for younger investors. One such “rule” says that it is better to buy stocks of older and proven companies. While I do not disagree with this on an isolated basis, I am missing the second part, namely that every business has a certain life expectancy. There comes inevitably a time for every company to either step into the background or to disappear altogether. History is full of examples.

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“Everything-resistent” iconic consumer stocks are tanking – but why?

In times of economic or political stress it is always good to have defensive, iconic consumer stocks in the portfolio – at least this “common wisdom” applied in the past. However, during the current market decline which in technical terms was not even a correction (the peak to trough drop was less than 10%), the overall sentiment already showed first signs of a panic. Not only that, the highly praised “defensive” stocks actually lost disproportionately. How come? And was it foreseeable?

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Update to my first silver Weekly + new research report

Almost exactly a year ago I published a Weekly with the question whether it was the right time back then to buy silver. I rather referred to silver in physical form, respectively via ETFs which hold it in physical form, as I had difficulties in finding an investable stock of a producer that fit my strict quality filter. This industry is still a mess, as many miners are actively destroying shareholder value and / or are having difficulties with their costs, but also declining reserves.

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Invest in businesses with net cash or net debt?

During the last one and a half decades, it nearly didn’t matter to look at a company’s balance sheet. The reason was quasi non-existent interest rates – a historically unprecedented scenario, not only for the younger generation. Hence, it is no wonder that those who held too much cash in their books even got punished by not receiving any income on their deposits. On the other hand, debt-hungry entities got subsidized. However, the winds have changed. Interest rates are up dramatically. What are the consequences?

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Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield – A steel at 0.3x property value?

Who does not dream of owning at least part of a city’s most valuable properties? And what about several prime locations? Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield is Europe’s biggest owner of mainly shopping malls, but also offices, in many metropolitan areas with high foot traffic. The stock is currently valued at a third of its “net reinstatement value”, i.e. its replacement or asset value as an investor would call it. 33% is less than Buffett’s famous “dollar for 50 cents” – is URW a buy?

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A silver lining for Argentina? A look at YPF + new research report

Argentina is mainly known as a nation being in perpetual crisis mode. Besides beef, wine and tango, among the first thoughts that likely come to one’s mind are debt, economic hardship and hyperinflation. Needless to say that in such an environment you won’t find a booming economy. However, many Argentine stocks or those with a vast exposure to this market, have been rising over the last months. Is a (massive) turnaround in sight?

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