Gold Demand

“I hate losing money more than anything. Losing money is what kills you. It is not the actual loss; it messes up your psychology.”

– Michael Platt


Ben Inker looks back at 2022 and covers the opportunity set that can present itself after bad things happen to assets.

Jeremy Grantham looks back at the recent market drawdown, still elevated valuations, and some long-run issues on the horizon.

Source: GMO

Man Numeric on five benefits of emerging market small cap strategies today:

  1. Portfolio diversification compared with larger-cap EM strategies;

  2. Balanced EM country/sector composition, which we believe is particularly important in managing EM’s concentration in Asia;

  3. Greater exposure to domestic-demand growth and, on average, lower exposure to foreign revenue sources;

  4. Historically lower volatility with better returns relative to the MSCI EM Index;

  5. The potential to outperform the benchmark, supported by active managers’ historical performance and market inefficiencies.

In 2021, players on the winning Super Bowl team received $130,000 bonuses each. Link

The winning team normally receives about 150 gem-encrusted Super Bowl rings for players, coaches, and other important members of the organization. The total for the set adds up to about $5 million. Link

The average cost of a ticket to the past five Super Bowls is $6,214. Link

The S&P 500 is 70% less labor intensive than it was in the 1980’s.

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.An Investment That’s Historically Beaten Inflation

With the CPI coming in at 6.5% in December, inflation may have eased slightly, but it’s still way beyond the Federal Reserve’s 2% target.

While farmland historically does not show much of a correlation with stocks or bonds, it has shown a positive correlation with inflation since 1969. Not only that—farmland shows a positive spread to inflation.1

As a real asset with a direct relationship with commodities and food prices, farmland tends to hold value and even appreciate when inflation climbs.1

Research from Nuveen, the $1.3 trillion investment manager of TIAA, has shown that adding 2-5% of a portfolio to farmland and/or timberland can improve a portfolio’s overall returns and at the same time reduce risk.2

AcreTrader makes it simple to invest in professionally reviewed farmland and timberland online. In the past couple of months they’ve reported on their first five fully realized deal cycles, and now have offering hitting the platform each week.

Visit to see if farmland could be the diversification your portfolio needs right now.



Nobel Laureate Robert Merton shares his framework for analyzing a retirement account, his opinions on various financial models and theories, and his take on the role of financial advisors.

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Nathan Vardi joins the show to discuss his book, For Blood and Money, the biotech investment landscape today, and stories of top biotech hedge fund managers over the years.

John Fio is a product inventor and entrepreneur who’s behind products like Gravity Blanket and Moon Pals. He talks about the process of creating an enduring brand separate from the founder, best practices on product positioning, and his process for inventing products.

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