2022 in Review

“History doesn’t crawl; it leaps”

– Nassim Taleb


Vanguard with its 2023 outlook covering economic perspectives and global capital markets outlook.

Source: Vanguard

KKR with its 2023 outlook with global and regional economic forecasts, along with their key themes, which include:

  • Simplicity rather than complexity

  • Real assets

  • The energy transition

Source: KKR

Half of Netflix’s top 10 US shows ever released were in 2022Link

“Between 6 and 7 percent of all the money earned by American Black men born in 1988 was earned by NFL and NBA players.” But wait, there’s more: “Kevin Durant’s annual income represented almost 1 percent of all the money earned by the more than 300,000 African American men born in 1988.” Link

Roughly 70 special-purpose acquisition companies have liquidated and returned money to investors since the start of December. That is more than the total number of SPAC liquidations in the market’s history” Link

Almost 1 in 5 people in the US age 13 or older listen to a podcast daily (double the rate it was in 2018)Link

Bespoke puts the current bear market in historical context:

As of 12/29/22

Earnings rose in 2022, but valuation multiple compression pushed the S&P 500 lower. 


Last year’s end-of-year forecasts for the S&P 500 Index.  Link


And there’s no consensus for 2023Link

2022 in search trendsLink

the current thing

Bill Miller is well-known for his streak of beating the S&P 500 for 15 consecutive years. Here’s an interesting point from him in his 4Q 2005 investment letterLink


Hedge fund fee compression continues


Garrett Stevens, Mike Venuto, and Wes Gray discuss their white-label ETF business. They touch on how they vet new ideas, why there is so much demand to launch ETFs now, and the impact of Goldman Sachs Group’s entry into the business and a potential wave of mutual fund to ETF conversions.

In a rare media appearance, academic and best-selling author Vaclav Smil separates fact and fiction on the global energy markets today. He shares what the energy transition by 2050 really means, how energy transitions have evolved history, and much more.

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