Market Update: Ukraine War Volatility

The war in Ukraine is creating serious human hardship and suffering not only in the region but around the world. And despite where your politics may land, we can probably all agree that a stock market sell-off is much less of a worry than what many people in Ukraine are currently dealing with. Without diminishing...

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Where is the bottom? When should I buy?

We hear many investors and commentators asking; is now a good time to invest? The market is falling, should we sell today and buy back when it’s fallen more? Put simply; no- one can answer those questions- don’t trust anyone who even tries to. There are simply too many external variables to even begin...

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Accounting vs Economic Reality Part 2: Intangibles

This is our second entry in a multi-part series on some of the common failings of GAAP (generally accepted accounting principles) when it comes to truly understanding the economics of a business. GAAP accounting is the accounting you will find if you open most US publicly reported financial statements. These are the numbers commonly used...

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Accounting vs Economic Reality Part 1: Stock Based Compensation

This will be the first in a series of articles covering a fundamentally important concept in equity investing: that there is a difference between reported accounting numbers and actual economic reality. GAAP (Generally Accepted Accounting Principles) is the accounting you will find if you open most publicly reported financial statements. These are the numbers commonly...

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Chinese VIE Structure: Recent Developments

We wrote back in November about the risks posed to Western investors by the Chinese VIE (Variable Interest Entity) structure. Following recent announcements by the Chinese regulator, we believe those risks have just increased, so we thought it best to revisit the issue and provide an update. For those unfamiliar with the VIE structure, please...

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Our Thoughts on Inflation

Over the past few weeks, you will likely have noticed increased mentions of inflation in the news. The March print for CPI (average price of consumer goods and services) came in rather high: +4.2% year-over-year. This is after many, many years of persistently low inflation. How concerning is this? Despite the markets knee jerk...

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