“Credit is like oxygen. When either is abundant, its presence goes unnoticed. When either is missing, that’s all that is noticed.”
– Warren Buffett
AQR shares why both the macroeconomic picture and empirical evidence suggest the strong performance of trend-following in 2022 may persist. They touch on:
- Trend-following’s historical track record of performing well during downturns for traditional assets
- The macro factors that hurt performance in the 2010’s
- Ways to help investors remain invested in their trend-following strategy over time
The 12 months to September 30 were the best for value relative to growth performance since the fall of 2001. So is the value trade over? In GMO’s 3Q 2022 Quarterly Letter, Ben Inker shares why long value/short growth remains their highest conviction position.
Inker notes that value is still priced for “significant outperformance everywhere,” but in the U.S., deep value (~the cheapest 20% of the universe) is especially attractive. Part 2 dives more into the deep value strategy (starting on page 9). The attractiveness of value outside the U.S. is more uniform along the value spectrum, as shown in the bottom chart below.
FACTS & FIGURES
The top 15 commodity-focused hedge funds have increased their assets by 50% this year. Link
The richest countries will spend 17.7% of their GDP on energy this year, the 2nd-highest share in recorded data (only behind the 17.8% spent in 1980-81). Link
As of November 23, 2022
Charles Schwab on the relationship between inflation and valuations
Source: Charles Schwab, Bloomberg, Standard & Poor’s. 1958-10/31/2022. Numbers may not add up to 100% due to rounding.
The ratio of the S&P 500 to the rest of the world (MSIC World ex-US) finished October at its most extreme level in history
The number of COVID cases in China are approaching their April 2022 peak (as of 11/22/22)
2022 has been a great year for Value (B/M). Link
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Jim Chanos on Crypto, Tech and the Golden Age of Fraud
[11/23/22 – 33 minutes]
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The legendary short-seller discusses the pro-cyclical nature of share based compensation, Elon Musk and his role at Tesla and Twitter, crypto frauds, and the importance of good governance.
From The Episode:
“The regulators are archaeologists, not detectives..assets prices are also the staunchest defense attorney and harshest prosecutor of financial fraud.”
Highly regarded telecommunications analyst Craig Moffett gives a great primer on the industry and touches on cable vs. fiber, wireless vs. broadband, and more.
Retired NBA player JJ Redick gives a masterclass on the mental aspect of peak performance. He touches on handling both internal and external pressure and how it nearly broke him during his career.
From The Episode:
“It’s important to note the internal pressure, the pressure coming from self … that is the pressure that nearly broke me a few times, it wasn’t the external pressure.”
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