Sun.Jun 09, 2024

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Seattle Redux: Misunderstanding Seasonal Adjustments

The Big Picture

@TBPInvictus here. About a decade or so ago, the city of Seattle undertook to raise its minimum wage, over time, to $15/hour. (Massive credit to my friend Nick Hanauer for his efforts to make that happen.) What followed in the immediate aftermath of both the announcement and implementation was nothing less than a apocalyptic, collective head explosion on the right about the devastating effects the increase would have, particularly in the food services sector: However, there’s little doubt that t

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Top clicks this week on Abnormal Returns

Abnormal Returns

Top clicks this week The best time to prepare for a bear market is before it begins. (awealthofcommonsense.com) A review of major asset class performance in May 2024. (capitalspectator.com) Why you shouldn't be worried about index funds just yet. (thefinancialbodyguard.com) The current bull market is mid. (tker.co) The market has always been rigged, just not in the way you think.

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Fixed Income Has Income Again

A Wealth of Common Sense

The bad news about the historic bond bear market is that fixed income investors were forced to deal with large losses in certain areas of the bond market. The good news is the rising rates that caused the bear market in bonds mean yields are in a much better place than they’ve been for the past 10-15 years. Fixed income has income again. In fact, investors in search of yield have all sorts of options — T-bill.

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Sunday links: playing your own game

Abnormal Returns

Concentration The S&P 500 has become increasingly concentrated. (apolloacademy.com) Should you be worried? (theirrelevantinvestor.com) Markets Can we finally move past the Gamestock ($GME) era of markets? (herbgreenberg.substack.com) Does anything matter any more in markets? (spyglass.org) Alternatives More investors are facing up to the problem with illiquid alternatives.

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How to Navigate Revenue and Expense Management: Competitive Insights for Financial Success

Speaker: Hilary Akhaabi, PhD - Founder, Chief Financial & Operations Officer at Go Africa Global

In the fast-paced world of corporate finance, staying ahead of the curve is crucial for sustainable growth and profitability. This exclusive webinar with leading expert Hilary Akhaabi, PhD, will teach you practical ways to navigate complex financial landscapes and enhance your company's revenue management capabilities. Whether you're aiming to refine your financial strategies or seeking innovative solutions to drive performance, this new session is for you!

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Will India become a semiconductor hub? / Is India Primed for a Semiconductor Boom?

Trade Brains

The semiconductor industry is the backbone of modern electronics, including smartphones and computers to EVs and processing units for artificial intelligence. Taiwan stands at the top of the semiconductor industry as the undisputed leader, with its Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) at the forefront. However, there has been a growing interest in the semiconductor market in India due to increased demand for electric vehicles and infrastructural development.

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Finding Value in Sustainable Dividend Payers

Wealth Management

How sustainable dividends can identify smart capital allocation.

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Sunday Night Futures

Calculated Risk

Weekend: • Schedule for Week of June 9, 2024 Monday: • No major economic releases scheduled. From CNBC: Pre-Market Data and Bloomberg futures S&P 500 and DOW futures are little changed (fair value). Oil prices were down over the last week with WTI futures at $75.37 per barrel and Brent at $79.53 per barrel. A year ago, WTI was at $70, and Brent was at $75 - so WTI oil prices are up about 7% year-over-year.

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Here’s Everything Apple Plans to Show at Its AI-Focused WWDC Event

Advisor Perspectives

Apple Inc. isn’t typically the first to embrace new product categories — as it famously showed with its iPhone, smartwatch and Vision Pro. All those areas were established before the company showed up, but Apple found a way to make its mark.

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[cdata[ The Art of the Upsell: How Airlines Maximize Every Mile ]]

oXYGen Financial

![CDATA[ In today's cutthroat airline industry, companies are constantly seeking new ways to increase their revenue. One of the most effective strategies they've developed is the art of the upsell. This practice of offering additional products or services beyond the basic fare has become a cornerstone of airline revenue management. As you book your flights, you're often enticed with various.

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2024 Lending Outlook: Innovations and Evolutions in the Financial Sector

As we step into 2024, the lending landscape evolves rapidly with technology, regulations, and market dynamics driving change. For banks and financial institutions to stay competitive and meet the evolving needs of their customers, these drivers must be understood and engaged with. Lenders can anticipate significant transformation fueled by technological advancements, regulatory shifts, and changing consumer behaviors.

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Tesla Investor’s Suit Targets Vote on Texas Move, Musk Pay

Advisor Perspectives

A Tesla Inc. shareholder sued to challenge an upcoming proxy vote about whether the electric-car maker should move its corporate home to Texas and re-approve a $56 billion pay package for co-founder Elon Musk that was thrown out by a Delaware judge.

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Closed End Funds Ain't Easy

Random Roger's Retirement Planning

Barron's had a quick writeup on tactical funds that can switch between equity and fixed income exposure, either making big changes to their allocations or small tweaks to their allocations. The implication from the article was that the turnover in these is very high. The reason for the article is that "some of these funds are worthy diversifiers for a traditional fixed allocation portfolio.

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Bitcoin Blockchain Expanding at Prodigious Pace

Advisor Perspectives

It’s not just bitcoin’s price that’s expanding. The blockchain on which bitcoin resides -- one of the pioneers in the space -- is also rapidly adding heft.

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10 Sunday Reads

The Big Picture

Avert your eyes! My Sunday morning look at incompetency, corruption and policy failures: • High-Yield Was Oxy. Private Credit Is Fentanyl. Yet despite the data — and the intuition about higher-yielding loans described above — private lenders assure investors that the extra yield isn’t a result of increased risk and that over time private credit has been less correlated with other asset classes. ( Institutional Investor ) see also The Insulin Empire : How profiteers pushed a lifesaving drug out

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Banking on Loyalty: Holistic Financial Advice for Unparalleled Business Growth

Speaker: Joe Buhrmann, MBA, CFP®, CLU®, ChFC® Senior Financial Planning Practice Management Consultant eMoney Advisor

During an era of evolving consumer preferences, the banking sector is undergoing a profound shift. As customers continue to broaden their perspectives, banking professionals must support their customers' financial wellness by providing holistic financial advice that aligns with individual goals and circumstances. Without adapting, financial institutions will find that loyalty may crumble amid uncertainty.

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Moats and Value Can Be Potent Combination

Advisor Perspectives

Investors’ enthusiasm for growth stocks remains high and growth equities are in the midst of another lengthy run of beating value rivals.

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