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IIM International Portfolios: 2022 Letter

A Year of Geopolitical, Economic and Financial Tectonic shifts. The earth seemed to tilt on its axis in 2022 more than usual. Russia invaded the Ukraine in February and both sides battled throughout the year. North Korea launched ballistic missiles over Japan. China threatened Taiwan’s independence. The UK lost its monarch of over 70 years […]

IIM 2022 Macro Mailbag

Below are five videos containing Q&A about the economy in 2022. You can also download a PDF of the full slidedeck here at this link. Video 1: Intro and TL;DR Version Video 2: History & Sentiment Video 3: Economic Indicators Video 4: Rates & Housing Video 5: Elections & Cycles Pls let me know if […]

IIM International Portfolios: YTD thru Q3 2022

This Is The End No, it’s not the end of my investment career, but these are the last song lyrics I’ll write for you. (Edward Bear). Hopefully, we are coming to the end of the Fed’s utilizing interest rates to wage war on inflation, but in the meantime, Putin’s continued annexation of Ukraine, the drop […]

The Importance of Staying Invested During Inflation

From an email sent to IIM investors on September 15, 2022… The upside to challenging weeks in the market like this one is that they remind us that long-term investment success requires patience. It’s important to never focus on or overreact to short-term market performance – especially after a single day. However, it’s also valuable […]

On Bear Markets and Volatility

From an email sent out to IIM investors on June 14, 2022: Good evening, IIM investors. The S&P 500 officially fell to bear market levels this week. Rapid inflation across the economy has affected consumers and businesses, raising questions about spending and corporate profits. These pressures have pushed interest rates higher across the curve, breaking […]

How Long-Term Investors Can Be Optimistic When Others are Negative

From an email sent out to IIM investors on May 12th, 2022: Good evening, IIM investors. The optimistic contrarian is the rarest of investors. Pessimism can make it hard to distinguish between exaggerated and real risks – and is often taken more seriously than optimism…which, in times of stress, can be hard to distinguish from […]

IIM International Portfolios: Q1 2022

Just Another Megalomaniac Monday Equity markets uncomfortably faced higher inflation and interest rate hikes going in to 2022, but as masks came off and supply chains loosened, there were signs of optimism. Then Vladimir Putin, President of Russia, decided to get the USSR band back together and invaded Ukraine. When Russia annexed Crimea in 2014, […]

IIM International Portfolios: 2021 Letter

“What’s It All About, ESG?” It started with an announcement from a friend, a suggestion from an associate and a push, well make that a shove, from a colleague – it was time to pursue the CFA Institute’s certificate in ESG. I took all of the 130 hours recommended studying time, pulled out my pants […]

IIM International Portfolios: Thru Q3 ’21

On Gravity Gravity or gravitation is the force that attracts anything with mass or energy to one another. It’s kind of important; it keeps we human beings grounded. Although global equity markets don’t meet the physics definition of mass or energy, most succumbed late in the quarter to the gravitational forces of the ongoing fight […]

Letter to Investors: Tarpon Folio Q3 ’21

The full letter can be found here at this link. An excerpt: “Being a portfolio manager is a perennial search to find – and then attempt to profitably exploit – systematic biases in the stock market. I would argue that nowhere has our current political dysfunction created more profitable biases to exploit than in the […]